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Inaugural exhibitions at the new Onsite Gallery at OCAD University

Opening September 16, 2017

OCAD University is pleased to announce the opening of its new flagship public gallery! Onsite Gallery is located in the centre of OCAD U’s Creative City Campus at 199 Richmond St. W. in Toronto’s Entertainment District. The new 8,000 square foot venue is the university’s primary exhibition space for art design and new media, with free admission for the public. A community hub serving the university and the general public, Onsite’s goal is to foster social and cultural transformations.



Gallery opens with two contemporary Indigenous art exhibitions:

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U
Artists: Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

raise a flag brings attention to one of Canada's national treasures rarely seen by the public. Built and upheld by generations of Indigenous artists and curators, the collection is unique and important in Canada and internationally.

For This Land: Inside Elemental
Featuring: 2Ro Media: Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers; presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

As Onkwehonwe, the artists of For This Land think of the landscape as a living, animate and embodied archive. They explore the idea of storytelling and the ways in which we can participate with, and be immersed, in story.



Don’t miss the public opening events for Onsite Gallery!

Grand Opening & Street Party
Saturday, September 16, noon to 6 p.m. – Free
199 Richmond St. W. between Duncan and Simcoe
Live performances by:
DJ Classic Roots, Duke Redbird, Janet Rogers, Lacey Hill, Long Branch, Charlena Russell, Red Sky Performance, the Metis Fiddlers and Logan Staats.
Kid’s activities by: Joseph Sagaj & Red Pepper Spectacle Arts
And 2167: an Indigenous VR project envisioning the future by Danis Goulet, Scott Benesiinaabandan and Postcommodity, presented by imagineNATIVE, TIFF, Pinnquaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

Stories from the Vault: 7th Annual Indigenous Visual Culture Symposium
Sunday, September 17, 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. – Free
199 Richmond St. W.
Panelists: Barry Ace, David General, Rick Hill, Tom Hill, Barry Pottle, Ryan Rice. Moderated by: Linda Grussani
Welcome by: Elder Garry Sault, Mississaugas of New Credit

In conjunction with the exhibition, raise a flag: work from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015), Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University and Onsite Gallery co-present Stories from the Vault. The symposium will include a panel of former managers and curators of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s National Indigenous Art Collection who will speak of their experience in developing the collection, identify and speak of their favourite works and share unique stories to shed light on the national collection’s 50-year history.


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Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 0H4
416-977-6000 x 265

Image credit:
Rachelle Lafond, Chiichinuu "Our Home", thread and canvas, 28 x 33 cm, 2012.
Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Reproduced with the permission of the artist.


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