Artists and Scholars-in-Residence


Navy blue text of the title Rethinking Creative Mentorship in the Arts Residency


Learn more about the mentors in RCMA residency.



Dana PrietoDana Prieto is an Argentine-Canadian artist and educator based in Toronto. Her site-responsive work examines our deep entanglements with colonial institutions and power structures through a careful attention to the ground, and its different forms of living and dying. During the UTSC I.D.E.A.S. residency Dana will develop a material and academic research on the possibilities of refusing extraction through a clay-based practice.  


Shellene Drakes-Tull

Helping people connect and engage through storytelling and strategic communications have always been a passion for Shellene Drakes-Tull. For all of us, answering the question, ‘who are you?’ is integral to creating your story and standing confidently in your truth. Shellene has shared the stories of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Toronto District School Board, Deloitte, and others. For the second year, Shellene is instructing the Modern-Day Griot Project at the University of Toronto Scarborough to support, inspire, and uplift Black students using and anti-oppression lens and Nguzo Saba principles.

Watch themes here:

Kuumba | Kujichagulia

Watch Panel Discussion here:
Kuumba | Kujichagulia

Read more about the guest speakers here.


Helen Yung: Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence

Helen Yung is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher with the Culture of Cities Centre, Board member with the Centre for Social Innovation, and a Salzburg Global Fellow. She leads the Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence, which develops experimental applications of artistic intelligence for society, particularly in matters of public policy.

The Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence generates multiple lines of value simultaneously, building lives, transforming culture, and tackling under-imagined problems for Canadian society. The Lab brings together professionals from truly diverse backgrounds from countries all over the world (north and south, east and west), including Psychology, Engineering, Finance, Management, International Development, Human Resources, Marketing, Education, and Information Technology. Their employers have ranged from DreamWorks Studio to the United Nations, the Royal Court of Jordan, Football For All, Universities, IT companies, and Oil and Gas processing. The Lab facilitates creative, intuitive, unusual work, trusting in artistic values and methods, which are leveraged to produce new, surprising, provocative & useful outcomes.

Wave Artist Collective

Wave Art Collective (Kevin Ramroop, Sampreeth Rao, Amandeep Sandhu, Kahlil Hernandez) is a group of lifelong friends-now-collaborators based in Malvern. Over two de- cades, their collaboration has led to creative output that has included personal works as well as the shaping of creative opportunities for marginalized youth, and community activism - all while remaining true to the wry humour that defines Malvern.

The Space Between Wave

Listen: Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3



dog sculptures exhibition

PUBLIC STUDIO is the collective art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. Since 2009, Public Studio has employed a diverse range of media resulting in large-scale public art works, films, immersive installations, lens-based works and socially engaged projects. Public Studio was founded with the intent of exposing the antagonisms that define issues of public space and its disappearance, as well as the effects of globalization on our everyday landscapes. Their multidisciplinary practice has engaged topics such as war and militarization, ecology and urbanization, and political dissent. Central to their work is a desire to bridge notions of the aesthetic and the ethical, and question the role art can play in not simply “making meaning,” but “making meaning matter.”




Sook- Yin Lee

Winter 2019: Sook- Yin Lee

Sook-Yin Lee is a filmmaker, musician, actor, artist, dance-maker and radio & TV broadcaster. The former MuchMusic VJ hosted and co-produced the award-winning personal storytelling program DNTO on CBC Radio One and returned with the acclaimed podcast, Sleepover. She starred in John Cameron Mitchell’s groundbreaking LGBTQ movie Shortbus, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Year of the Carnivore, Lee’s feature film debut as writer-director starring Cristin Milioti, premiered at TIFF. 


  • Narrative Performance Experimentation and Meet & Greet with Sook-Yin Lee
  • Beyond the Q-line: Radical Encounters in Interviewing (preceded by a Meet and Greet luncheon - please bring your own lunch BYOL)
  • A Strange Path: Unpacking Artistry, Film-making and Broadcasting 
Red Dress Productions

Fall 2018: Red Dress Productions

Red Dress Productions (RDP) creates interdisciplinary art, performance, and visual public artworks. Much of RDP’s work includes elements of social-engagement or interactivity that dilutes boundaries of artistic and social convention between subject and object, and audience and performer/artist. 

Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston co-founded Red Dress Productions in 2005, and have since acted as artistic co-directors. They have a combined 40+ years of experience as multidisciplinary artists, and have been recognized with distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, the Association of Independent Publishers, the American Library of Congress (book works), and the Premios Ondas and the New York Festivals (international radio broadcasting).