Talking Walls

Current Exhibition

Student Voice
Toronto Municipal Election: What do you think?

Oct. 20–30, 2014
The Student Voice project is a community art project that explores the relationship between Toronto and the students and community members who experience it every day.

We asked two questions:

  1. What do you love about Toronto?
  2. What is the most important issue to you in the upcoming election?

Our hope is that students will see how important their voice becomes when they speak together with others who are sharing their experiences. As you are walking by and viewing the work, please grab a pen, share your thoughts, and be a part of the conversation – this piece would not exist without all of YOUR voices!


Organized by Jody Chan
Centre for Community Partnerships, University of Toronto


Talking Walls Exhibit Priorities

  • Support the work of U of T student-based organizations
  • Support work that complements other programming at Hart House and the wider university community
  • Support exhibits or projects that create spaces for self-knowledge or self-expression.


Talking Walls is a well-travelled space that provides an opportunity for groups and individuals to exhibit socially conscious, thought-provoking art works or documentary images. The exhibition space is open to students, community groups, members of the university community and the public who are interested in communicating ideas, asking questions, and creating dialogue around contemporary issues through their work. Talking Walls seeks to build understanding and awareness by giving voice to challenging and engaging works.



Previous Exhibits

After Night

Feb. 16–Mar. 4, 2013
Rob Simon (OISE) and the Teaching to Learn Project present a series of large- and small-scale paintings on book pages from the Holocaust memoir Night by Elie Wiesel. Inspired by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), youth from West Toronto worked alongside literacy teachers, teacher candidates, and graduate students at the University of Toronto to create these works. This exhibition presents their collective response to Wiesel’s testament of his experiences in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps from 1944 until his liberation in 1945.

Mentor for a Moment

Jan. 8– 20, 2013
On October 10, 2012, World Mental Health Day, a group of #UofT students partnered with Health and Wellness to launch the Mentor for a Moment campaign. The objective was to provide students with feedback and advice on how to succeed at school from a variety of perspectives. Using the Twitter handle @Me2UofT, 20 posts have been chosen that represent a variety of mentoring moments, including academic, mental health, well-being, physical activity and opportunities.

If you have any questions about the exhibition, please contact Dan Johnson, Community Health Coordinator, University of Toronto, Health and Wellness:


Dec. 7–Jan. 15, 2013
Abnormballs are Artists’ Multiples made by the students of the Norman Jewison Stream for Imagination and the Arts, Vic One Program, Victoria College in a class taught by Catherine Heard. In VIC191-Creativity and Public Issues, students address social issues through expressive art forms, including writing, visual art, music and time-based media. Each Abnormball is an Artists’ Multiple (a miniature book or sculpture) created in a small edition of 15. Selling for only $1 from a classic Northern Beaver gumball machine, Abnormballs are a fun and accessible way to collect artwork. You never know which one you will receive when you turn the knob on the machine, so each one is a surprise!

Being Scene

June 1– Aug. 1, 2011
Being Scene, produced by Workman Arts for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, presents a cross-cultural portrait of the healing power of art. As visual artist and Workman Arts member, Melissa Bender, says, “Show me a person with mental illness and I’ll show you a person with mental illness. Show me an artist with mental illness and I’ll show you an artist.”
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April 14–May 2, 2011
Youth4Health is a community-based research project that seeks to empower newcomer youth to become “health navigators.” Youth from recent immigrant families often serve as bridges between their households and their wider communities. Now, with the widespread availability of powerful information and communication technologies, such as mobile phones, search engines and web-based social networks, there are unprecedented opportunities for youth to network in support of their families while connecting with other youth playing the same role.
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