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Volunteer Opportunities for The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea


The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea
A 10-day contemporary art festival. Opening perspectives on climate change, environmental crisis, and resilience.

September 14–September 23, 2018
Southdown Industrial Area, Mississauga, Ontario

Presented by the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga in partnership with the City of Mississauga

Over the course of ten days, the Southdown Industrial Area in Mississauga will be transformed into a site-specific contemporary art exhibition. With commissioned works by Canadian and international artists, The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea will create an operatic experience of elemental forces, geopolitical processes, and environmental violence impacting the Earth. Contained within a roughly 1.5km2 zone in Mississauga’s Southdown Industrial Area (bordered by Clarkson to the north and Lake Ontario to the south) this exhibition moves among many complex sites in the area, including a cement plant, an oil and lubricants refinery, a carbon dioxide production facility, a wastewater treatment plant, a fruit distribution centre, and public parks. Inviting new ways of experiencing Mississauga, The Work of Wind is designed to expand perspectives on climate change, environmental crisis, and resilience through artistic practices, cultural inquiry, and political mobilization.

A contemporary art project of this scale is the first of its kind in Mississauga—held over two weekends, the festival aims to provoke, surprise, and delight viewers by demonstrating that art can be experienced anywhere and everywhere. The 10-day festival will also feature a series of live events, including performances, film screenings, talks, workshops, the launch of The Work of Wind: Land (the first book in a three-volume series co-published with K. Verlag) and other on-site events. This transformational project presents an opportunity for incredible collaboration across the city’s arts and cultural sector, with environmental organizations, municipal government, industry, and researchers at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea is a chance for artists, scientists, academics, school groups and youth, business leaders, social innovators, environmental stewards, and everyday citizens to engage with each other in meaningful discussion about climate change and environmental responsibility.

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Eduardo Navarro, We Who Spin Around You (action documentation), 2016. Photo: Liz Ligon. Work commissioned and produced by The Highline Art, NY.

Volunteer Opportunities for The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea

The Blackwood Gallery is currently seeking applications from volunteers with varying levels of experience to assist with the pre-production of artworks, provide information to visitors, animate the works and lead tours, assist with wayfinding and accessibility, ensure visitor safety, and a range of other tasks as required. Volunteer positions include Crossing Guards, Hands-on Volunteers, Information Hub Volunteers, Relief Volunteers, Site Volunteers, Tour Guides, Volunteer Animators, and Volunteer Crew Captains, with training sessions in mid-August and early September, and most of the volunteer activity occurring from September 10-24.

Inviting new ways of experiencing Mississauga, The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea is designed to expand perspectives on climate change through artistic practice, cultural inquiry, and community activation, and will be a great opportunity for volunteers to gain more experience with public programming and event production, while working with and supporting a diverse group of artists, academics, researchers, scientists, and publics.

Why volunteer?

  • Be a part of a major Canadian art event, a first of its kind in Mississauga
  • Gain new insights into contemporary art and environmental issues
  • Build transferable skills and experience in event production and working with publics
  • Receive official recognition for your involvement in the project
  • Become part of an incredible team, build new relationships with people dedicated to art and the environment



The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea is produced in collaboration with the University of Toronto Mississauga, the City of Mississauga, and K. Verlag.


This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded in part through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
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