Continuing our work in Canada, UAL is excited to take part in the country’s largest art fair, Art Toronto: October 28 to November 8, in collaboration with OCAD University.
Spotlighting contemporary artists from Canada, UK and around the world, Art Toronto takes a dynamic format this year combining online content with in-person programming from across the country. Online showcases sit alongside face-to-face events in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and beyond, as galleries and institutions host the fair’s socially distanced exhibitions and live programming.
The collaboration between UAL and OCAD University comes out of ongoing dialogue between our 2 universities and cross-working on common areas of interest such as decolonisation. Art Toronto sees our communities coming together to present an online student exhibition and virtual studio visits with key programme staff and alumni.
An online exhibition of student work curated by OCAD University alumna Kaylen Hamlyn features 11 of UAL and OCAD University’s 2020 alumni. Over 11 days, the OCAD| UAL virtual booth at Art Toronto will transition through three phases: Grasping, Grounding, and Gesturing, to foster dialogue around the question “what do we talk about when we talk about space”. See work spanning across sculpture, installation, photography, painting, drawing, animation, film and game design from some of UAL and OCAD’s brightest emerging artists.
Featured UAL graduates
Marion Flanagan - MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Marion also completed a year of study at OCAD, a Study Abroad term and the Graduate Diploma Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL.
Isabelle Perchaluk - Foundation Diploma at Central Saint Martins, UAL and BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL.
Vashkar Chakraborty, Graduate Diploma Photography, London College of Communication, UAL.
Phase One: Grasping - October 28 -31
Phase Two: Grounding - November 1- 4
Phase Three: Gesturing - November 5-8
This year we have found ourselves more aware of space than ever before…The artists shown throughout this booth are part of a dialogue of shifting spaces, highlighting themes of displacement, migration, and the growing slippage between digital life and virtual/reality. Curator, Kaylen Hamlyn
Virtual studio visits: Kimathi Donkor, Erika Tan and Mark Lewis
In a series of 30-minute virtual studio visits, UAL’s Kimathi Donkor, Erika Tan and Mark Lewis share their workspaces and perspectives on location (Home Abroad), disruption and social justice; alongside OCAD University alumni Amanda Nedham and Eunice Luk.
Erika Tan - artist, researcher, curator and Lecturer on the 4D Pathway, BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, UAL. Erika’s work is informed by specific transcultural, geographical or physical contexts. Her research focuses on the postcolonial, transnational and decolonial. Watch the studio tour
Professor Mark Lewis – Research Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, UAL – Mark has broad experience of working and exhibiting in Canada and with Canadian influences in his own work, whilst also engaging directly with international communities. Watch the studio tour
We hope that by showcasing our collective talent and developing practical skills around artistic production, we will create stronger ties between our universities, leading to future collaborations and opportunities at other international art fairs.
UAL has over 900 alumni who live and work in Canada and we have been actively developing international partnerships there over the past 5 years. Last year a team from UAL, including our Vice-Chancellor, attended a series of strategic events in Canada. We met with cultural institutions, business leaders and universities in Toronto and Vancouver, including OCAD University, and hosted alumni events in both cities.
Top image: 'Inside' by Marion Flanagan, MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL