OUTREACH Online Symposium

About

Saturday, November 21st
10:00AM to 6:00PM

FREE

Gallery 44 will be running our second annual OUTREACH Symposium for past OUTREACH participants and emerging youth artists (16-29), featuring concurrent 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.

Between the morning and afternoon workshop sessions, the symposium will also feature a breathing and mindfulness group activity led by Renelyn Quinicot where participants can connect and move together. The day will finish off with pre-registered portfolio review sessions where participants have the opportunity to share their work with and receive feedback from Michèle Pearson Clarke and Liz Ikiriko. Participants are encouraged to attend the full day of events, however if individual schedules do not permit, please sign up for at least one workshop.

Registration has now closed.

Brendan George Ko

Schedule

Saturday, November 21st

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.
The Bald Eagle’s Claw, 2019. Installation view, works by Brandon Fujimagari, Yan Wen Chang, Andrew Harding, Madelyne Beckles, Dorica Manuel and Marissa Sean Cruz in view. Photo by Philip Leonard Ocampo.
10:00 am
 – 
12:00 pm
Presentation

Art 101: Putting Yourself Out There

Philip Leonard Ocampo

"Art 101: Putting Yourself Out There” is an introduction into being an arts worker/producer, and a guide into how to navigate and get involved in art communities. Attendees will learn about resources for emerging practices, professional development tips such as contact literacy, as well as 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.

Philip Leonard Ocampo is a queer Filipino artist and arts facilitator based in Tkaronto, Canada. Ocampo’s multidisciplinary practice primarily involves painting, sculpture, writing and curatorial projects. His work usually explores phenomenon, magic, and memory, using the extraordinary to reconcile and better understand personal and collective experiences, often through a diasporic focus. Ocampo is interested in the allure of the unknown, and through this curiosity, seeks to access aspects of existence that are invisible, intangible, or inhuman in nature.

He holds a BFA in Integrated Media (DPXA) from OCAD University (2018) and is currently a Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre and one of the four founding co-directors of Hearth, a new artist run space in the city.

A black and white portrait of Syrus. He is sitting on a chair with his hands between his legs.
Syrus Marcus Ware, photographed by Jalani Morgan.
10:00 am
 – 
12:00 pm
Presentation

Art and Activism

Syrus Marcus Ware

In the workshop "Art and Activism," Syrus Marcus Ware will lead the group through a series of inquiries into the intersections between artistic practice and activism/organizing. How can we interweave a practice as both visual artists and activists? How do these two practices lend themselves to each other? How can they support each other? When is it important to separate the two? What unique skills can we, as artists, bring to organizing/activism? How can we make sure that we are taking care of ourselves and avoid burnout?

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He has won several recognitions including the TD Diversity Award 2017, “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine 2005, and the Steinert and Ferreiro Award 2012. He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020)

A gender fluid person sitting cross legged and meditating.
12:00 pm
 – 
12:30 pm
Activity

Group Activity: Exercises in Movement, Breathing and Mindfulness

Renelyn Quinicot

Renelyn Quinicot will lead the group through 30 minutes of curious and playful self-study through the body and breath. Using play as a site of inquiry, we will explore shapes inspired by Aerobic-Dance, the mindful movements of Pilates and Yoga to shake and listen into the ways our bodies are calling to feel. We will end with a Kundalini breathwork meditation to recharge and ground. No props are required, a yoga mat is recommended but not needed. You will just need plenty of space to move and stretch around, and a comfortable cushion or chair to sit on!

Renelyn Quinicot is a queer Filipina artist and movement and meditation guide, born and raised as a settler to Tkaronto. She graduated from OCAD University with a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. Whether through art or body-mind facilitation, her work centres in community, and a compassionate, curious self-study as a mediator for connection to all. Renelyn organizes a series of events titled WHOLE, WHOLEHEARTED, WHOLE EARTH that gather artists to share story, self-actualization exercises, and to exchange knowledge and resources to empower and mirror one another. She integrates her studies in arts and curation in the ways she holds space as a meditation and mindful movement teacher. She is trained to offer Kundalini Yoga and breathwork, as well as Fusion styles that combine Pilates, Yoga stretches and aerobic dance to encourage PLAY as an act of resilience, and an exploration of the body as a carrier of lineage and story. She is currently studying with New Leaf Foundation and GoodBodyFeel to inform her teaching with more of an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens.

12:30 pm
 – 
1:00 pm

Lunch Break

Hundreds of monarch butterflies gather together.
Image by Brendan George Ko
1:00 pm
 – 
3:00 pm
Presentation

Getting Paid: Business Practices and Avenues of Income for Artists

Brendan George Ko

"Getting Paid: Business Practices, Grants, and Avenues of Income for Artists” is a crash course for emerging photographers in everything money-related. Learn tips and tricks about invoicing, taxes, and getting paid on time, and gain insight into the multiple avenues through which photographers can make an income: commercial photography, artist grants, exhibitions, documentary gigs, and more.

Brendan George Ko (b.1986, Toronto, ON) is a document-based storyteller raised in Ontario, New Mexico, Texas, and Hawai'i, and is now based in Toronto and Maui. 

During his early years, living in rural New Mexico, Ko heard of a spirit -- one that lives within landscape with the power to possess us. He learned that though we may leave the land behind, its spirit will follow us always. This understanding of spirit is carried through Ko’s entire practice. Using photos, written and oral narratives, video and sound recordings as conduits of storytelling, Ko aspires to allow this spirit of a place, person, memory or feeling to cycle on. It is the creation of a document that holds an indexical relationship to that which it represents, and acts as an accessible instrument for creating understanding between different peoples, places, and times. Inspired in-part by the many places he calls home, Ko creates and recreates histories, his own and otherwise, often tending to the in-between; he believes that it’s not about truth nor accuracy, but rather its caring for this spirit of the memory.

Ko’s recent work has been largely based around the Hawaiian archipelago, learning, living, and telling stories that range from the ecology of the islands to its myth and original culture, as well as its history and politics.

A GIF of a ceramic vessel spinning overtop of a gradient background of light blue and peach.
GIF by Kendra Yee
1:00 pm
 – 
3:00 pm
Presentation

Social Media and Artist’s Websites

Ruby J. Thelot and Kendra Yee

"Social Media and Artist's Websites" focuses on online presentation during COVID-19, making websites on a budget, basic web design and coding resources, documenting your artwork, and how to use Instagram algorithms to your advantage. Ruby J. Thelot will walk us through how to create an effective artist’s website, as well as basic web design and coding tips. Kendra Yee will speak on the ins and outs of Instagram as a platform for artists, and will share resources for creating professional-level documentation of your artwork for free or cheap.

Ruby / aka Justice on-line / is an artist, writer, and curator based in Montreal. His practice focuses on the long-term implications of technology as it intersects with culture, society, and art. His work has been featured in Ljubljana, Berlin, and Toronto.

Kendra Yee (b. 1995, Tkaronto/Toronto) is an arts practitioner that seeks to materialize the truths and fictions of memory. Yee builds site-specific installations that carve alternative archives, pulling tales from; personal history, lived experience and collective narratives. Through the exploration of multi-media paintings, ceramic sculptures, and found objects Yee develops alternative societies to document these conversations.

A series of photos are laid out on a table. One person reaches to pick one photo up.
3:00 pm
 – 
6:00 PM
One-on-One

Portfolio Reviews

Liz Ikiriko and Michele Pearson Clarke

Participants will have the opportunity to receive a one-on-one portfolio review with Toronto-based artist Michèle Pearson Clarke or Toronto-based artist and curator Liz Ikiriko. Participants must be registered for at least one other workshop in order to register for portfolio reviews.

18 slots available, 20 minutes each.

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

Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist, writer and educator who works in photography, film, video and installation. Using archival, performative and process-oriented strategies, her work explores the personal and political possibilities afforded by considering experiences of emotions related to longing and loss. Based in Toronto, Clarke holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and in 2015 she received her MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University. Most recently, Clarke has been awarded the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 2019 Finalist Artist Prize, and she was a nominee for the 2019 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award. She is currently the inaugural 2020-2021 artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and the Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto (2019-2022).

Liz Ikiriko is a biracial Nigerian Canadian artist, independent curator, and photo editor. Her work as an educator, maker and mother informs her practice which is focused on African and narratives of the diaspora. She is committed to the creation of embodied experiences that utilize accessible platforms to share moments of vulnerability and care for all of us on the margins. She has worked with the CONTACT Photography Festival, the Contemporary African Photography (CAP) Prize and Wedge Curatorial Projects. Her work has been exhibited nationally and her writing has appeared in Public Journal, MICE Magazine, C Magazine and Akimbo. She currently teaches in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University.

 Presented in partnership with
A Collective Exploration and Ideation Initiative of Arts Organizations in Toronto
with the support of the City of Toronto through
the Toronto Arts Council Open Door program.