In Fall 2018 ceramics artist, Parker Dirks, came once a week to The Ground Floor and worked with our artists and community participants to create ceramic tiles expressing landscapes mingling fantasy, memory and local surroundings.
These turned out so intricately and magnificently, that we have invited Parker back to finish the project through an intensive residency period at The Ground Floor.
There will be public drop-in sessions, other less formal drop-in options, and a final exhibition and celebration fo the finished tiles, including music and stories responding to them.
At The Ground Floor:
The Gather Round Singers, our community choir for all ages and abilities, started up again with weekly rehearsals on Thursdays, 6 to 8pm.
Ceramics artist, Parker Dirks will be in residence in February, finishing up the tile landscape project we started in the fall.
There will be other pop-up workshops – storytelling, puppetry, visual arts and more.
Free! Everyone welcome!
We have started on a new storytelling and artmaking project called Who Knew? at the Bernard Betel Centre for Seniors in North York, with an artistic team led by Ruth Howard and including Michelle Silagy, Alejandra Nunez, Adrienne Marcus Raja and Tijana Spasic.
We are collaborating with Soundstreams on a project called Odaabanaag, involving a response to Steve Reich’s Different Trains, by composer Melody McKiver from Sioux Lookout and Lac Seul First Nations.
Our Talking Treaties project, headed by Ange Loft, continues to offer workshops to various educational and community groups and will be featured in a multi-media installation at the Toronto Biennial in the fall.
We are continuing to collaborate with Sol Express on their production of Birds Make Me Think of Freedom.
Our learning and mentorship activities continue, including our partnership in Platform A and our Ontario Community Arts Exchange.
We are also involved in ongoing collaborations with MABELLEarts, Arts4All, the Community Arts Guild, Centennial College and Thinking Rock Community Arts.
Artist / Composer Bio
Parker Dirks is a trans interdisciplinary artist, facilitator and technician based in Toronto. Parker’s practice utilizes mold making, wheel throwing and hand building to create functional craft objects and conceptual sculpture. Parker graduated from NSCAD University in 2013 with a degree in Ceramics. Since then, they have been working as a community arts facilitator, ceramics instructor and technician. While working in community engaged arts Parker has been privileged to work with many diverse groups of people across Toronto. These experiences have led them to pursue a personal art practice focused on investigating ideas of access, transparency, disclosure and gender. Their current work uses ceramics as a medium to explore and dismantle concepts of binary gender with a critical focus on his experiences as a trans person living in Canada.
Tijana Spasic lives in Toronto & creates interdisciplinary work all over the city. She is a theatre creator, director, and producer as well as an installation artist. She enjoys creating through collaborative practices, and is passionate about peer to peer mentorship and youth work. She has led several large scale community engaged arts projects, working in parks, schools, libraries, and a wide variety of other site-specific and traditional venues to create and deliver professional projects and programming created in collaboration with the communities those projects occur in. She has worked for Jumblies Theatre, Mammalian Diving Reflex, The Milkweed Collective, bcurrent Theatre and has created projects for: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Powerplant Gallery, Nuit Blanche and The Luminato Festival among others. She co-ran the Mashed Collective for three years, running a youth program, and the Living Room Festival: a seven-site festival programming artists of many different disciplines. Many of her projects explore the city’s economic disparity, the suburban-downtown divide and questions of family, home and memory. She speaks Serbian and Russian.
AANII, JAMIE-LEE OSHKABEWISENS DIZHNIKAAZ, WIKWEMKOONG DOONGIBAA. HELLO I’M JAMIE–LEE OSHKABEWISENS, I HALE FROM WIKWEMIKONG UNCEDED INDIAN RESERVE ON MANITOULIN ISLAND. I’VE BEEN IN MANY PLAYS WITH DEBAJEHMUJIG CREATION CENTRE, INCLUDING THEIR PRODUCTION OF “GLOBAL SAVAGES” (2015). I TAKE PART IN AN ANNUAL “WILDER MED SENARIOS” WITH THE NORTHERN ONTARIO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. I’VE BEEN IN AN ARTS EDUCATOR FOUNDATIONS WORKSHOP WITH THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC & DEBAJEHMUJIG, ATTENDED THE HERITAGE INTERPRETER WORKSHOP, AND PART OF JUMBLIES’ 2015 TRAIN OF. THOUGHT TOUR. I AM NOW A FREELANCE ARTIST WORKING ON MY OWN PROJECTS, AS WELL AS STARTING IN APRIL 2018 TO WORK WITH JUMBLIES FOR A YEAR, THANKS TO FUNDS FROM MIZIWE BIIK.
ALEX EDDINGTON IS A COMPOSER, THEATRE ARTIST AND ARTS EDUCATOR BASED IN TORONTO. HIS COMPOSITIONS HAVE BEEN PERFORMED BY PROFESSIONAL ENSEMBLES LIKE THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, AND STUDENT MUSICIANS AT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE SUZUKI STRING SCHOOL OF GUELPH. HE HAS PERFORMED ORIGINAL THEATRE ACROSS CANADA ON THE FRINGE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT. ALEX’S MUSIC HAS BEEN RECORDED BY THE SCARBOROUGH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND RELEASED WORLDWIDE ON THEIR ALBUM CANADIAN PANORAMA. HIS PIECE BUBBLEGUM DELICIOUS WAS RELEASED ON THE CAMBRIA LABEL IN NOVEMBER 2017. PLEASE VISIT HIM AT WWW.ALEXEDDINGTON.COM
Photos from our 2018 Fall Drop-In Sessions
Photos from our 2018 Spring Drop-In Sessions
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