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DMG regularly offers education & outreach programming to enhance and provide further interpretation of our exhibition content; provide opportunity for community engagement; and create space for critical dialogue on diverse topics.

Everyone is welcome! All programming is free and take place in the gallery (unless otherwise noted.)

Tuesday, September 25
Artist Talk by Hiba Abdallah
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough 
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media, and NUIT TALKS, presented by Nuit Blanche Toronto
RSVP recommended to guarantee seat: val-hibaabdallah.eventbrite.ca

Hiba Abdallah is a text-based artist who often works in collaboration with others to develop public installations, projects and exhibitions about the collective narratives of place. Abdallah’s work cultivates a playful yet reverent sense of community that aims to foster the public imagination. She currently works and lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Presented in conjunction with It Can Only Be This Place




Thursday, September 27
Alyssa Fearon in conversation with Alyssa Bistonath & Bishara Elmi
1 - 2 pm
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough 
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media, and NUIT TALKS, presented by Nuit Blanche Toronto and Cultural Hotspot
RSVP recommended to guarantee seat: val-fearon-bistonath-elmi.eventbrite.ca

Join us for a discussion between Nuit Blanche Scarborough artists Alyssa Bistonath and Bishara Elmi, moderated by curator Alyssa Fearon. The conversation will centre on the artists’ respective collaborations with communities in Scarborough for their Nuit Blanche projects.

Alyssa Bistonath is a lens based practitioner whose work focuses on themes of memory and belonging. The daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Bistonath endeavours to look at modes of representation by investigating nostalgia, exploring evidence, and interrupting the archive.

Bishara Elmi is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator and public speaker working in visual forms and with numerous materials and creative processes. Elmi is currently residing in Toronto by way of Mogadishu. The artist also works individually and within collectives centering BIPOC youth, women and femme voices and stories, and Elmi has created many spaces for these types of storytelling and skill-sharing to take place.

Alyssa Fearon is a cultural producer, arts manager and independent curator. Raised in Scarborough, Ontario, Alyssa actively seeks new ways of organizing artistic projects within communities that have not traditionally been sanctioned as places of creativity and innovation. She has organized a range of projects, from large-scale performances by international artists to community-based youth artist residency programs. Alyssa currently works at the Art Gallery of Ontario in marketing, while pursuing an independent creative practice.

Presented in conjunction with It Can Only Be This Place




Saturday, September 29
Hiba Abdallah
Everything I Wanted to Tell You
Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Drive
Presented by Nuit Blanche Scarborough as part of the exhibition Styll, in partnership with Doris McCarthy Gallery, and in association with Culture Days

What are the untold stories, secrets and conversations about places you think you know? EVERTHING I WANTED TO TELL YOU captures complex narratives of Scarborough’s diversity, nuance and resilience.

During the day, the Scarborough Civic Centre is used as a government building where constituents are counted and categorized. For one night on Nuit Blanche, Hiba Abdallah will use the building to explore deeply personal stories of Scarborough residents: their enthusiasms, anxieties and histories. The stories will be displayed as a large-scale text installation projected directly onto the 90-foot facade of the building.

The collection of messages was gathered through workshops with an intergenerational group of eleven Scarborough residents. The group visited lesser-known historical sites in Scarborough and several organizations that are part of the backbone of the community’s cultural scene. The full collection of stories is at the Doris McCarthy Gallery as part of It Can Only Be This Place.

This project was made in collaboration with members of the Scarborough community: Sofia Habib, Timothy Hunter, Noor Khan, Pamila Matharu, Joy Smith, Etta Snipe, Helen Su, Zahra Tootonsa, Trevor Twells, Islin Waite and Deshaun Whyte.

Sunday, October 14
Contemporary Art Bus Tour
12 - 5 pm
SOLD OUT, to join the waitlist: october-art-bus.eventbrite.ca

Tour starts at Koffler Gallery (180 Shaw St) at 12 noon and departs for Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of York University and Doris McCarthy Gallery. Guided tours or artist/curator talks will be offered at each venue.

Presented in conjunction with It Can Only Be This Place

Wednesday, October 17
Artist Talk by Sanaz Mazinani
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough 
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media
RSVP recommended to guarantee seat: val-sanazmazinani.eventbrite.ca

Sanaz Mazinani is an artist, curator, and educator based in San Francisco and Toronto who holds degrees from the Ontario College of Art & Design, and Stanford Universities. Working in photography and large-scale installations Mazinani’s research is focused on the study of digital image propagation and its impact on representation and perception.

Saturday, October 20
Jollibee Talk & Lunch with Patrick Cruz
1 - 3 pm
Jollibee Scarborough, 15 William Kitchen Rd
SOLD OUT, to join the waitlist: dmg-jollibee-talk.eventbrite.ca

On location at Jollibee Scarborough, Patrick Cruz will deliver a talk on the cultural significance of the
fast food chain, particularly within the Filipino diaspora -- lunch is provided.

Presented in conjunction with It Can Only Be This Place

Tuesday, October 23
Photo-based Installation: Approaches to Presenting Images
Workshop led by Steven Beckly
10 am - 1 pm
AA304, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough 
SOLD OUT, to join the waitlist: dmg-beckly-workshop.eventbrite.ca

This workshop looks at creative and non-traditional approaches to presenting, framing and installing photographs. Drawing from contemporary photobased practices, Steven Beckly will suggest and demonstrate various strategies that challenge the traditional ways of framing and finishing images for presentation.

Presented in conjunction with It Can Only Be This Place

Tuesday, October 23
Artist Talk by Steven Beckly
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough 
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media
RSVP recommended to guarantee seat: val-stevenbeckly.eventbrite.ca

Steven Beckly is a Toronto-based artist and photographer. Recent solo exhibitions include Meirenyu at Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto) and A tender touch can bend the straightest of things at Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s). Beckly’s work was also included in the 2017 VICE Photo Show at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal. Most recently, Beckly was Artist-in-Residence at the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Centre (Scarborough) and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (Philadelphia). Beckly received his MFA from the University of Guelph.

Presented in conjunction with It Can Only Be This Place

Tuesday, October 30
the stories we tell each other
Workshop led by Hiba Abdallah
1 - 3 pm

Hiba Abdallah will lead a seminar that explores some of Scarborough’s narratives, myths and secrets. Participants are asked to bring a piece of writing to contribute to a public reading of Scarborough-inspired texts, that explore the identity of place, the motifs of memory, storytelling and fiction. The workshop will conclude with a writing exercise where participants will each contribute an open letter as part of Abdallah’s project Dear Scarborough.

Presented in conjunction with It Can Only Be This Place

Thursday, November 8
Artist Talk by Vanessa Dion Fletcher
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough 
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media
RSVP recommended to guarantee seat: val-vanessadionfletcher.eventbrite.ca

Vanessa Dion Fletcher employs porcupine quills, Wampum belts, and menstrual blood to reveal the complexities of what defines a body physically and culturally. She links these ideas to personal experiences with language, fluency, and understanding. All of these themes are brought together in the context of her Potawatomi and Lenape ancestry, and her learning disability caused by a lack of short-term memory.

Saturday, November 17
Reframing Doris McCarthy: A Symposium on the Life and Work of Doris McCarthy
9 am – 6 pm

Free shuttle bus for registered guests departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 8:30 am to return at 6:30 pm.

SOLD OUT, to join the waitlist: reframing-doris-mccarthy.eventbrite.ca

Keynote by: Erin Silver

Presentations by: Steven Beckly, Jan L. Coates, Dustin Garnet, Nancy Holmes, Meaghan Hyckie, Hussein Janmohamed, Harold Klunder and Catherine Carmichael, Eva Kolcze, Ralph Kolewe, Lou Sheppard, Wendy Wacko, and Lynne Wynick

The Doris McCarthy Gallery presents Reframing Doris McCarthy, a free, one-day, public symposium exploring fresh perspectives on the life and work of Doris McCarthy. The symposium will feature artist talks, poetry readings, academic papers, performances, a book launch, group choreography, participatory choral singing, and moderated discussions. Ranging from long-time friends and colleagues of McCarthy’s, to young artists and producers, the presenters will contribute new interpretations from a broad range of expertise within the fields of contemporary art, music, poetry, filmmaking, and dance that trace the artist’s legacy through spirituality, mythology, and the power of place. This multi-disciplinary symposium will examine McCarthy’s impact on local and artistic communities as a pioneering feminist, innovative artist, and community builder.

Presented in conjunction with The body may be said to think