An 8-week conceptual and professional development course including portfolio reviews and a final exhibition.
In response to COVID-19 we are now running Low Res on a new schedule with the first 5 classes held every other week online via video conferencing and a online collaboration hub. It will involve specially adapted exercises, group discussion, critiques, studio visits and will include assignments that can be completed at home. The 3 remaining classes held in person whenever Gallery 44 reopens. Please see the updated schedule below. If we reopen sooner, we will readjust the schedule to have as many meetings in person. As a result of these changes we are also reducing the fees this year by 33%.
This year Low Res will focus on developing advanced visual literacy, redefining the way you approach photography through a series of collaborative creative exercises. You will also receive instruction on developing a cohesive body of work, writing an artist bio, cv and statement for presentation and professional review. The course includes a wide variety of activities and field trips designed to push you our of your comfort zone into new creative territory. These include group discussions and critiques, intimate artist talks, private exhibition tours, picnics, antique shopping, darkroom experimentation, and professional portfolio reviews. The work of the participants will be presented in a 3-month exhibition in Gallery 44’s Production Gallery space. It is a great opportunity for emerging artists to push the boundaries of their practice and build connections in the Toronto art community.
Five Online sessions:
Every other Sunday 1:00 - 4:00
April 19, May 3, May 17, May 31, June 14
Three 1 on 1 Meetings:
Three 20-minute meetings per participant
3 In Person classes:
Three Sundays, 11:00 - 5:00
Participant exhibition opening TBD
$400 Non-Members (includes Full Gallery 44 Membership)
Maximum Class Size: 12
You must e-mail email@example.com to register. Please do not pay for the course before e-mailing Leila Fatemi, Curator of Education and Community Outreach. All registrants must also submit a portfolio of 5-10 works along with an artist CV and/or bio and/or artist statement.
Collaborative photoshoot. Photo: Patrice Carmichael.
Final exhibition in the G44 Production Gallery. Photo: Patrice Carmichael.
Potluck picnic. Photo: Tahoy James.
Group Critique with visiting artist Brendan George Ko. Photo: Tahoy James.
Toronto Island Field Trip
Here's what some previous participants said about Low Res:
"We all expanded our practices and came up with completely new work, while getting to know other artists. A great experience."
"Low Res is an excellent and concentrated way to further develop your conceptual photographic practice through education, objective feedback and group work."
"The Low-Res Photo Intensive Workshop at Gallery 44 is the most comprehensive, challenging and engaging workshop I have ever had the pleasure of taking. Low-Res has elevated my practice and professionalism well beyond my expectations, and has provided inspiration and information to continue the growth independently well into the future."
"The course totally exceeded my expectations. I approached it with open mind to try something new in my work and I was propelled in just the right way. Did I also say it was fun?"
"Low Res bubbled up at just the right time for me. I needed to be able to think about and communicate about my work in the larger contemporary art world. It more than met my expectations and I met some wonderful artists and made great connections and new friends."
Darren Rigo is a Toronto-based artist who creates work inspired by the absurdity of everyday life. His practice is built upon his experiences growing up in a rural landscape and an interest in the endlessly evolving nature of imags. He received a BFA from OCAD University where he majored in photography. Recent solo exhibitions include The Woods at Harcourt House, Edmonton, and a funny thing at Harbourfront Center, Toronto. His work has been commissioned by SickKids Hospital, Harbourfront Centre and Plazacorp Investments and is included in the collections of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan.