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!
Annual artWORK conference proudly presents:
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 climate crisis, as our panelists 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.
Amanda White (she/her) is a white settler artist and scholar currently living and working in Tkaronto/Toronto. She is a postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Curating in the Department of Visual Art at Western University, and is also a Co-initiator of the Creative Food Research Collaboratory. Amanda holds a PhD from Queen’s University and a MFA (Visual Art) from the University of Windsor and held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at Western. Her current works-in-progress include several collaborative and solo studio-based projects, a co-edited book and a graphic novel, her work sits at the intersection of art, environmental and cultural studies with a focus on plants, food and environmental justice.Website
Don Russell is a multidisciplinary artist of Acadian and Mi’kmaq heritage. Russell was born in Stephenville, Newfoundland in 1970 and currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario. Russell’s artistic practice encompasses painting, printmaking and land art where he utilizes key elements of stone and earth to create monumental installations.Website
His work is represented in private, public and corporate collections across Canada, notably among them is the Governor Generals’ Residence Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the University of Toronto Law School, and the University of Guelph.
Emily Chudnovsky holds a Master of Fine art from the Glasgow School of Art and an Undergraduate combined Honours degree from the University of Kings College in Contemporary Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her site-specific research has taken place in Scotland, California, Yukon and Ontario. Her artistic practice consists of collecting organic remnants and synthetic decay in order to draw out new iterations, connections and regenerations through sculpture-based installations. Her carefully considered use of discarded materials in her immediate environment calls into question our human-made demarcations of nature and waste. Most recently, Chudnovsky installed a public floating installation in Lake Ontario in collaboration with Ports Toronto and The University of Toronto Trash Team. She is currently living and making work in Toronto, Canada.
Justin Pape is a designer currently located in Toronto, CA. He is one half of the creative studio PACHlab, curator of Project 107 Gallery, runs a small label called Colony Collapse Editions and records music under the name Extempore. With over 20 years of design experience, he has worked with a vast array of clients and mediums across North America, and has created objects and merchandise collected around the world. Referred to by past employers as a “Swiss-army knife”, his flexibility enables him to take on diverse requests and deliver creative turnkey solutions leading to reduction of stress, budget and timelines.
His current work is focused on a process-oriented exploration of natural, unconventional and/or repurposed materials, delving into topics of the environment and consumption, while rethinking the role of design in the future. By leaning into storytelling, each project is based around certain materials and their narrative. Questioning the value we assign to objects, the materials we choose to use and our habits of disposal, he is able to implement design processes that lessen their impact on our environment, and focus on materials that hold a narrative, inviting contemplation of their journey.
Art Committee Education & Outreach Co-Chair 2023-24
Jeen Cha is a fourth-year undergraduate student double-majoring in Art History and Political Science. She’s looking forward to integrating art into student life and hopes to see you at the various workshops and conferences that will be held this year.