Artist Emily Chudnovsky presenting at artWORK Conference, Hart House Student Art Committee, 2023. Image: HHartC.


Interested in a career in the arts and culture? Are you a student or a recent graduate, and are you looking to expand your community, connect with like-minded individuals, and explore your professional options? If this resonates with you, join the Hart House Art Committee's artWORK Workshop Series and Conference from September 2023 to March 2024. Designed specifically for students and recent graduates, this transformative series of events is your gateway to exploring diverse careers in arts and culture. 

Immerse yourself in a dynamic program featuring interactive workshops, insightful discussions, and inspiring speakers. This series will introduce you to the many possibilities of a career in arts and culture. Come to one event or all six, and you will find a vibrant community of artists, curators, and industry experts. 

Join us at the artWORK Workshop Series and Conference, and shape your future in the world of arts and culture!


artWORK Workshop 1
Art Grant Writing with Nina Platiša

September 18, 2023, 6-7:30 pm
Bickersteth Room (3030), Hart House

This participatory workshop will provide you with a chance to learn about how to prepare an artist’s grant. Topics covered will include understanding eligibility criteria, preparing a proposal, creating a budget and organizing support material.

Musical artist Nina Platiša will share her experience and the resources that helped her create successful grant applications for the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. This workshop is helpful to artists planning on submitting a grant application in the near future.

artWORK Workshop 2
Artist Talk with Morris Lum 
October 19, 2023, 6-7:30 pm
Music Room (2006), Hart House

In this talk, artist Morris Lum will discuss his photographic practice. Building, Reshaping, Remodeling, 11 years of Chinatown. A photographic series.

artWORK Conference
Emily Chudnovsky, Justin PapeDon Russell, Amanda White

November 23, 2023, 6:30-8 pm
Donald Burwash Room (2005), Hart House

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussions. We are thrilled to feature esteemed speakers Amanda White from the Centre for Sustainable Curating, Don Russell, Emily Chudnovsky from the U of T Trash Team, and Justin Pape. Explore connections between art, the environment, and the climate crisis as our panellists share their insights, practices, and experiences. Don't miss this opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations and discover how art could plant a seed and initiate change.

artWORK Workshop 3
Learn about Artist-Run Centres at 401 Richmond Building

January 25, 2024, 5:30-7 pm
4012 Richmond, Toronto

Come and learn about artist-run centres at 401 Richmond Building. For this artWORK session, we will meet at YYZ Artists’ Outlet (located within the 401 Richmond Building) for refreshments and conversation about artist-run culture in Canada, led by Ana Barajas – the director of YYZ. We will also have a tour of the January exhibitions at YYZ (featuring artists Heidi Holmes & Zinnia Naqvi) and will then explore some of the other galleries and spaces in 401 Richmond Building.

Artist-run centres are galleries and art spaces developed by and for artists since the 1960s. Most follow the not-for-profit arts organization model, do not charge admission fees, pay artists for their contributions (exhibitions, presentations, performances) are non-commercial and de-emphasize the selling of artwork.

artWORK Workshop 4
Art Crawl
March 8, 2024, 2-4:30 pm
Meet at Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St West, Toronto)

Mercer Union, on view Lover's Wind by Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko and Jealousy: Now the House is Empty by Sukaina Kubba

Gallery TPW, on view What We Hold by Meera Margaret Singh, curated by Noa Bronstein

Daniel Faria Gallery, on view BLACK EXODUS: WINTER ARRIVAL by Oluseye

Join us for an art crawl through Toronto's vibrant contemporary art scene. Our journey will encompass three venues, Mercer Union, Gallery TPW, and Daniel Faria Gallery, guided by insightful perspectives in each space.

Our first stop, Mercer Union, is one of the biggest artist-run initiatives in Toronto. Here, we'll explore new commissions and engage in conversations sparked by the center's commitment to critical inquiry. Expect to encounter works that challenge and expand our understanding of contemporary art practices, championing Canadian and international talents at various stages of their careers. 

Next, we venture into Gallery TPW, an institution revered for its new, generative, and exploratory art practices since its formation in 1977. Gallery TPW distinguishes itself through a profound engagement with how art accrues meaning and the role of institutional choices in this process. 

Our final destination is the Daniel Faria Gallery. Since 2011, the gallery has been a cornerstone of Toronto's art community, known for its materially curious and conceptually rigorous exhibitions. Celebrating its rich history and vibrant future, this visit promises a glimpse into the gallery's dynamic program and contribution to the contemporary art landscape.

artWORK Workshop 5
Finding Fibers Workshop with Emily Chudnovsky and Norwin Anne
March 28, 2024, 6:30-9 pm
Donald Burwash Room (2005), Hart House

Join textile-based artists Emily Chudnovsky and Norwin Anne for a hands-on evening with a discussion on re-use and re-invention. Participants will be guided through the process of retrieving materials from old clothing to create wet-felted designs. These repurposed designs can then be used as your very own art piece, wall decorations or even patches for your clothes. 

 This workshop accompanies Emily Chudnovsky’s exhibition Unwoven Strands, which features textile-based pieces incorporating microfibers from industrial and household textile waste.  Microfibers are one of the most common types of plastic found in our environment. These pieces will be on display on the main floor of Hart House through March 2024.



401 Richmond
Daniel Faria Gallery
Gallery TPW
Mercer Union
YYZ Artists’ Outlet


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