Bring the Family to Onsite Gallery, OCAD University

Onsite Gallery is happy to offer a free interactive guide for families and young visitors to creatively engage with our current contemporary art exhibition, How to Breathe Forever.

The family kit recommends accessible and fun discussion points that develop key concepts behind the exhibition and artwork on view. The kit also provides hands-on activities such as: thinking about how plants and animals breathe, playing with stickers, and more.

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Installation view: DaveandJenn, various works, all 2017. Photo: Yuula Benivolski.

How to Breathe Forever
Currently on view until April 14, 2019

Mary Anne Barkhouse
Maryanne Casasanta
Li Xinmo
Qavavau Manumie
Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari + Felix Kalmenson)
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
Ningiukulu Teevee
Flora Weistche

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith

How to Breathe Foreverunderlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others ̶ including the ‘natural’ world ̶ as active and reciprocal. The exhibition invites you to consider an expanded personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with living things.

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Upcoming Free Public Events

Flora Weistche, My Grandmother’s Garden – Nuuhkim Unihtaauchihchikan, 2018, hide of the artist’s father’s last hunted Caribou, glass beads, thread, wood, 62.75” x 50.75” x 2” unframed. Installation view: How to Breathe Forever, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, 2019. Photo: Yuula Benivolski.

Exhibition Tour in Farsi
Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m.

Join us for a free guided tour of How to Breathe Forever. This tour will be conducted in Farsi, led by Setayesh Babaei, multidisciplinary artist and designer in her final year at OCAD University in Environmental Design.

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Inuit Art Quarterly Profiles Edit-a-Thon
Co-presented with the Inuit Art Foundation and OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program
Wednesday, March 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

All public contributors from arts and culture professionals, to students, to those interested in Inuit art are welcome to help us create new entries or add to existing artist profiles. Inuit Art Foundation staff will be available to assist artists in building their own profiles and provide tutorials to contributors.

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Storytelling Night: Stories That Connect Us
Co-presented with Stories of Ours
Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Storytellers share true stories inspired by the themes in the exhibition
Featuring exhibiting artist Flora Weistche
Other storytellers to be announced

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Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 6 from noon to 4 p.m.

Every hour on the hour, one artwork in our exhibition will be selected for focused viewing.

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Curator’s Tour and Neighbourhood Walk
Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

Guided tour of Onsite Gallery’s exhibition followed by a walk to meet local air, animals, land, plants and water.

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How to Breathe Forever is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Nexus Investments.

Onsite Galleryis the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our websitefor upcoming public events.

The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4.

Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Gallery admission and all events are free.
Everyone is welcome.

OCAD University and Onsite Gallery is an accessible venue.
» Detailed accessibility information on Onsite Gallery is found here

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

Contact Information:
Linda Columbus
Programs and Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery
416-977-6000, Ext. 456