Being Scene 2021 Virtual Exhibition


Mustafa Khan, Eating Grass, 2017

Being Scene
A Virtual Exhibition Presented by Workman Arts

March 4 – 28

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 4, 7 PM – FREE
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Workman Arts’ annual Being Scene exhibition is back for its 20th anniversary! Going digital for the first time, Being Scene 2021 includes three exhibitions in one: a guest-curated exhibition of 11 commissioned artworks, a juried exhibition of 60 artists, and a retrospective exhibition honouring the 20th anniversary of Being Scene.

To Speak Without Speaking, the curated portion of Being Scene 2021, invites 11 artists to respond to the global pandemic. Guest curator Jacqueline Kok encourages us to think through the different ways in which we respond or have trouble responding to the many deep-rooted scars that have resurfaced as a result of the health crisis, as well as the fluctuating meanings of normality. To Speak Without Speaking features new artworks by Workman artists Mei Chan-Long, Jenny Chen, claro cosco, Heather Fulton, Eduardo Hatch, Rick Miller, David Constantino Salazar, Laura Shintani, Apanaki Temitayo, V Vallières, and claude wittmann.

In conjunction with the commissioned works, Being Scene 2021 will showcase eighty artworks by artists living with mental health and addiction issues, exploring different conceptual and material approaches that illustrate compelling ideas and narratives inspired by diverse lived experiences. Also included with the virtual Being Scene 2021 programming, a deep dive into the Workman Arts archives will explore the past two decades of Being Scene.

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Event Series
A program of free, virtual events accompanying Being Scene — such as conversations with the curator and commissioned artists — provide the chance to delve deeper into the works on display and the themes raised by the exhibition. Additional events focus on conversations around current ideas and trends in the arts sector, topics that support the advancement of artistic practices, and mental health check-ins for artists and arts workers.

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For accessibility needs or questions, please get in touch with Justina Zatzman at

Presented with the generous support of:


Special thanks to the Norman and Marsha Paul Family Trust for supporting Being Scene.

WORKMAN ARTS is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. We support artists with lived experience through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community.


Workman Arts
1025 Queen Street West, #2400
Toronto ON M6J 1H4

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