OUTREACH Online Symposium

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Wednesday, November 17 - Saturday, November 20, 2021
FREE

Gallery 44 will be running our third annual OUTREACH Symposium for past OUTREACH participants and emerging youth artists (16-29), featuring presentations covering topics dealing with the ins and outs of ‘being an artist’ in a more practical sense. This year, the Symposium will take place virtually, over Zoom.

A series of evening workshop sessions will take place, including topics on putting yourself out there, research practices, concept development, industry tips, building a client base and proper compensation. The symposium will end with pre-registered portfolio review sessions where participants have the opportunity to share their work with and receive feedback from Karice Mitchell and Justin Aranha.

AQUATERRA, 2021. Image courtesy of Roya DelSol

Schedule

Presentations and Events

An installation view of an art exhibition in a bright gallery space. Rectangular and star-shaped paintings hang on the walls, and a variety of objects are on the floor, including a wooded crate, plastic drink bottles, cleaning products, and exercise equipment.
stem to where we grew stuck co-curated with Benjamin De Boer, feat. Xuan Ye, Nathan Ivanco, Marvin Luvualu António, and Paula McLean
November 17, 2021 5:15 PM
 – 
6:45 pm
Presentation

Art 101: Putting yourself out there

Sameen Mahboubi

Art 101: Putting Yourself Out There is an introduction to being an artist or arts worker and a guide for navigating and getting involved in arts communities. Attendees will learn about resources for emerging practices, professional development tips and how to avoid being exploited throughout professional endeavours. The workshop aims to demystify arts culture through making space for honest conversations about the realities and collective experiences that come with choosing this career path.

Sameen Mahboubi was born on the territories of the Anishinaabe, the Attawandaron, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Haudenosaunee. Mahboubi currently resides on the territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Mahboubi is one of four co-founders and directors of Hearth, a DIY space in Tkaronto and currently sits on the Art Metropole board of directors. Mahboubi is interested in ecology, geography and urbanism and the relationships we all share with public space.

A black and white portrait of Syrus. He is sitting on a chair with his hands between his legs.
Rainbow, 2019
November 17, 2021 7:00 PM
 – 
8:30 pm
Presentation

Research Practices and Concept Development in Photography

Holly Chang

In this workshop Research Practices and Concept Development in Photography, the participants will experience a hybrid artist talk and discussion exploring research and concept development related to photographic practices. In the first hour, the artist Holly Chang will cover an introduction to her work, her research approaches and some techniques and tips that can be used when trying to develop a project. The last thirty minutes will be an open discussion with participants about their own work, how they approach research and some of the techniques they have used before to conceptualize photographic projects.  The takeaways from this workshop will provide participants with tools to more critically approach projects and how to effectively develop ideas.


Holly Chang is a Toronto based artist, researcher, curator and photographer. She often works within the medium of photography to unpack the layered emotional nuances that are present with a mixed identity. Chang, as a second-generation Chinese Canadian, often working with her family and community to explore the topic of her hybrid background and how her work can meaningfully contribute to the dialog around these topics.

November 18, 2021 5:15 PM
 – 
6:45 pm
Presentation

The Build: Starting out as a Photographer

Roya DelSol

The Build: Starting out as a Photographer will provide participants insight into Roya DelSol's personal experience building her client base and skills as a working photographer who is self-taught. The workshop will discuss industry considerations such as working collaboratively with other creatives, networking to get gigs (and get paid!), and share behind-the-scenes information (lighting setups, and creative process) on some of the Roya's favourite shoots. The workshop will culminate with a Q&A and participants are encouraged to prepare questions in advance.

Roya DelSol is a Black media artist based in Toronto. She works primarily as a lens-based artist capturing Black femme intimacies, strength and joy in hopes of visualizing new, liberated worlds. Creating motion work ranging from experimental documentaries to music videos, her video content has been featured in online outlets such as the Globe & Mail. As a photographer, she has worked on projects for NXNE, Spotify, Adidas and Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project; with work published in outlets such as FLARE, Lez Spread the Word, West End Phoenix and NOW! Toronto.

November 18, 2021 7:00 PM
 – 
8:30 pm
Panel

How Much?

sarah bodri, Brianna Roye, Isabel M Martinez, Nathan Cyprys, Steph Martyniuk

A game-show style open discussion of how much to charge for different photography jobs, commissions pricing artwork.

Moderator sarah bodri will lead the group through a number of real job and art world scenarios and poll our panel of pro photographer guests for what compensation would be appropriate, how to adjust quotes and why. Participants can submit their own $ituations to the panel for consideration.


November 20, 2021 12:00 PM
 – 
3:00 pm
One-on-One

Portfolio Reviews with Karice Mitchell

Karice Mitchell

Participants will have the opportunity to receive a one-on-one portfolio review with Vancouver-based artist Karice Mitchell or Toronto-based artist Justin Aranha. Participants must be registered for at least one other workshop in order to register for portfolio reviews.

6 slots available, 20 minutes each.

For tips on how to prepare for read our Guidelines for Portfolio Reviews.

Karice Mitchell (b. 1996, Toronto, Canada) is a photo-based installation artist whose practice uses found imagery and digital manipulation to engage with issues relating to the representation of the black female body in pornography and popular culture. Her work seeks to re-contextualize pre-existing images to reimagine the possibilities for black womanhood and sexuality detached from the white gaze and patriarchy. She received her BFA at York University in 2019 and her MFA at the University of Waterloo in June 2021. Currently, she is a full-time lecturer at the University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus with a focus on photography. 

 


A GIF of a ceramic vessel spinning overtop of a gradient background of light blue and peach.
November 20, 2021 3:00 PM
 – 
6:00 pm
One-on-One

Portfolio Reviews with Justin Aranha

Justin Aranha

Participants will have the opportunity to receive a one-on-one portfolio review with Vancouver-based artist Karice Mitchell or Toronto-based artist Justin Aranha. Participants must be registered for at least one other workshop in order to register for portfolio reviews.

6 slots available, 20 minutes each.

For tips on how to prepare for read our Guidelines for Portfolio Reviews.

Justin Aranha is a photographer living and working in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from Seneca's Independent Digital Photography program in 2010, and has been a freelance photographer since 2014. His work ranges from portraiture, to fashion and commercial commissions, to street photography. He has worked for brands like Kotn, Vans, F. Miller Skincare, 100% Silk, Eliza Faulkner, and has been published in several magazines like People, S/ and S/ Volume, Elle Canada, The KIT, The Face Online, AnOther Online, and Toronto Life. In 2019, he self-published an art book titled "Reference Picture Book" with collaborator, friend, and stylist Nariman Janghorban.


OUTREACH Symposium is made possible through the support of