Incorporated in 1987, Workman Arts is an arts and mental health organization known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research on the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction. Year-round programming at Workman Arts includes ongoing classes and workshops for artists who have lived experience with mental illness and addiction; the annual Rendezvous with Madness film festival in November; the annual Being Scene exhibition in March; the annual Mindset Photography Festival in April, as well as various live performance events that happen in Workman Arts’ 200 seat theatre.
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Being Scene Festival (30th Anniversary of Workman Arts)
This application is for “Being Scene and the 30th Anniversary of Workman Arts” taking place at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, March 1 to 25, 2018. Being Scene is an annual professionally-juried art exhibition featuring sixty works of visual art created by artists who have experienced mental illness and addiction. The exhibition will include a variety of visual arts media, including photography, painting, collage, mixed media and sculpture. The 2018 exhibition will be led by Chief curator Claudette Abrams. The 2018 Being Scene exhibition will include an inaugural curated component called “Mad Media: An Examination of Technology, Mental Health and Addiction”, which will feature five established artists living with mental health and addiction challenges to create work based on this topic of technology. The new component will be featured in a separate room adjacent to the main Being Scene exhibiting space at the Gladstone Hotel. The 30th Anniversary of the organization will be celebrated on March 5th and will include Olivia Chow as the keynote speaker, the Workman Arts Choir, and other live performances. Exhibition partner, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), will be providing marketing and promotional support as well as space for a three-day symposium called Mind Matters (March 5-7) which will explore accessible arts practices in the context of disability and the artistic experience. The symposium will include approximately 33 presenters over three days.