What I’ve Learned Selling My Artwork

A panel discussion with Shahrzad Amin and Raoul Olou

Let’s chat about selling artwork! For this workshop, we’ve invited two practicing artists to share some of their experiences selling works on various platforms, including Instagram, art fairs (in-person and online), and their own virtual shops. The moderated conversation will cover a range of practical topics, including:

  • Maintaining an online presence
  • Dealing with customers
  • Assessing shipping strategies
  • Paying yourself and reinvesting in your practice
  • Managing work-life boundaries

This workshop will be hosted as a 70-minute Zoom meeting. The panel will run for 45 minutes with 15-25 minutes reserved at the end for questions and conversation with the audience.

This event is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Raoul Olou is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. He creates work that references personal experiences, which reveal concepts of nationality, citizenship and race, through the depiction of everyday environments. Formally trained as filmmaker and currently practicing as a self-taught painter for over 10 years, Raoul has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Mark Christopher Gallery, and the Run Gallery. He has received several grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Art Council, Ontario Arts Council, and received the Mayor’s Award and the Honorable Painting Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (2019 and 2022). He has been commissioned on several large scale mural projects all over the Greater Toronto Area, working with Mural Routes, KJBit Collective, and through his own independently led projects including a recent City of Toronto commissioned mural. Raoul has also been commissioned on significant private works for the Drake Hotel, the Gladstone, and the Sheraton Hotel. His work has been collected publicly and privately—by the City of Toronto, the Royal Bank of Canada, and the Wedge Collection and has been invited for artist residencies at the Museum of Contemporary Art x Akin Collective, Drake Devonshire, and Annandale Artist Residency.

Shahrzad Amin is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist who exhibits her works nationally and internationally. She creates socially engaging art pieces that invoke thoughts and encourage conversations about socio-cultural issues that surround us. Shahrzad makes original pieces that truly move people to feel intense emotions. Her interest in fundamental social issues such as democracy, equality, and migration has informed an art practice examining diasporic and socio-cultural subjectivities through the lenses of art practice, sensory ethnographic filmmaking, architectural design, gender, and language. Her works also highlight a social openness and necessity for global international connectivity by applying the historical eastern architectural figures such as arch bridges and combining cultural motifs as a metaphor for overcoming cultural distances. She received a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from Tehran University of Art (2010) and an MFA in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design from OCAD University (2020). Notable awards include Research-Creation Grant (Canada Council for the Arts), Exhibition Assistance Grant (Ontario Arts Council), Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursary, and more.

Closed captioning and live transcription will be available through the built-in Zoom CC and Transcription features. ASL Interpretation can be arranged upon request. Please contact Hannah Keating at [email protected] to submit an interpretation request by October 26, 2022. All efforts will be made to fill a request, but if an Interpreter cannot be secured, we will let you know before the event takes place.

Is there anything else we can do to support your participation? Please reach out to Hannah at [email protected].

The RMG would like to acknowledge the RBC Foundation for their generous support of the Artist Professional Development Workshop Series.

Post-Production Artwork Documentation

With Laura Findlay

Hosted on Zoom

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ktNs4Tm_RceDkt3BG3-kTA

This event is free and open to everyone.

Learn how to put your best foot forward with images! In this workshop, we’ll look at editing tools and processes that are relevant to the post-production side of artwork documentation. Whether you’re uploading examples of your work to a grant application, a call for submissions, or your online portfolio, this workshop will help you share accurate and polished images of your work with funders, curators, and others who rely on photo documentation to make important decisions about you and your work.

Topics include:

  • A review of digital files – what you need to know about resolution and file size
  • An overview of fundamental photo-editing techniques
  • An introduction to preparing image files for applications with a discussion about why good quality images matter and how to meet expectations

Please note: This workshop does not cover how to take good pictures, so it won’t cover camera types or settings, accessories, or techniques for capturing accurate colour or lighting. This workshop also isn’t about preparing digital files for print. The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of post-production tactics for creating high quality digital images that can be used in grant or exhibition applications, or like settings.

This workshop will be hosted as a 70-minute Zoom webinar with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Closed captioning and live transcription will be available through the built-in Zoom CC and Transcription features. ASL Interpretation can be arranged upon request. Please contact Hannah Keating at [email protected] to submit an interpretation request by September 21, 2022. All efforts will be made to fill a request, but if an Interpreter cannot be secured, we will let you know before the event takes place.

Is there anything else we can do to support your participation? Please reach out to Hannah at [email protected].


About the presenter:

Laura Findlay (she/her) is a Toronto based artist and the owner of LF Documentation. Originally from Montreal, she received her BFA from Concordia University in 2011 and MFA from the University of Guelph in 2014. She’s exhibited work and participated in artist residencies throughout Canada, the US, and Europe and she is represented by Norberg Hall in Calgary, Alberta. Laura has professionally documented artwork and exhibitions for clients throughout southern Ontario, Montreal, and abroad since 2009. Clients include the AGO, RBC Visual Arts Collection, Scotiabank Fine Art Program, Superframe, C Magazine, Oakville Galleries, Scrap Metal Gallery, Daniel Faria Gallery, Bradley Ertaskiran, Arsenal Contemporary, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Galerie Antoine Ertaskaren, Franz Kaka Gallery, and Aargauer Kunsthaus, among others. Her photographs of artwork have appeared in print in Artforum, Border Crossings Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine, C Magazine, Vogue Paris, and Chatelaine, among others. She has served on the juries for international residencies and scholarships.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Hannah Keating at [email protected].

The RMG would like to acknowledge the RBC Foundation for their generous support of the Artist Professional Development Workshop Series.

Canadian Artists Abroad

This complete exhibition can be found on our Google Arts and Culture page.

Canadian art has been shaped by generations of artists finding inspiration and perspective in their life experiences. For many artists, travelling to new places is an exciting avenue to find new perspectives and discover something that sparks their imagination.

This exhibition features a variety of Canadian artists who travelled abroad to develop their artistic skills or find inspiration. Their travels often shaped their art, introducing new ideas and styles to Canadian audiences.


T. Mower Martin (Canadian, b. England, 1838 – 1934), Landscape Near Canterbury, Kent, England, 1905/07, watercolour on paper. Donated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs.
Theodore Lande.

Alexandra Luke and Isabel McLaughlin: Painters and Patrons

This complete exhibition is available on our Google Arts and Culture page.

Canadian artists Alexandra Luke and Isabel McLaughlin were instrumental to the history and development of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG). Their invaluable support helped shape the gallery, including substantial financial support for the building and donations of artworks. Pulling together works by Luke and McLaughlin from the RMG’s collection, this exhibition celebrates these two incredible women as not only influential benefactors, but also important artists in their own right, who contributed greatly to modernist painting and abstraction in Canada.

Alexandra Luke (Canadian, 1901 – 1967), Observance to a Morn of May, c. 1957, oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. S. McLaughlin, 1979.

The Durham Catholic District School Board Virtual Art Exhibit 2022

The RMG is pleased to share the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) Virtual Art Exhibit 2022. This exhibition showcases art made by elementary and high school students from across Durham Region. Congratulations to all of the participating students and teachers on your incredible work.

Story and Song: Intro to Anishinaabemowin with Melody Crowe

This event is free and open to everyone. Registration required.

Join us virtually or in-person at Oshawa Public Libraries – Delpark Homes Centre Branch on Saturday June 18th from 10:30 – 11:30 am for a morning of stories and songs with Anishinaabekwe Melody Crowe. Learn the Anishinaabemowin names for the animals living around us. This event is hybrid with limited in-person capacity. Our in-person capacity is now full. To participate virtually, please register with the link above. Each participant will receive a printable colouring book.

This event is for all ages and is presented in partnership with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Oshawa Public Libraries.

This program is presented as part of Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory, the second of four locality specific iterations of the Mamanaw Pekiskwewina project, and was developed in tandem with the presentation of Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory is co-curated by Missy LeBlanc and Erin Szikora.


Melody Crowe is a Michi-Saagiig Anishinaabe Woman from Alderville First Nation which is located on the South Shore of Rice Lake, Ontario. She has dedicated her life to creating a deeper understanding and appreciation of First Nation culture, knowledge, language, and history, and has more than 25 years of teaching the Ojibway language to children, youth, adults, and Elders. She works from the place of honouring her Ancestors and honouring the importance of Indigenous Peoples and ways of knowing. In 2007, Melody received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the preservation of language and culture from the Union of Ontario Indians, and in 2015, the Honouring Our People Award from the Ogemawahi Tribal Council. Melody is also an eagle feather carrier, a jingle dancer, and a photographer.

Mamanaw Pekiskwewina Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory is presented in partnership with TRUCK Contemporary Art.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this project.

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Tim Whiten in conversation with Erika DeFreitas

Registration required. A link to access the talk will be sent to you via email on the day of the event.

Join us for the premiere of an online programme featuring a conversation between Tim Whiten and Erika DeFreitas at Whiten’s Toronto studio. During this recorded talk, both discuss their creative process, reflect on influences, and share recent work related to their shared interests in metaphysics, art and ritual practices.

Co-presented by the McMaster Museum of Art (M(M)A) and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG), this special event is hosted in conjunction with the collaborative survey Elemental currently on view at their respective venues.

Elemental is a multi-venue collaborative retrospective bringing together four Ontario presenters, including the Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP), Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), McMaster Museum of Art and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Celebrating Tim Whiten’s broad and prolific career as an image maker and educator, the exhibitions draw on over fifty years of Whiten’s creative production devoted to studying the nature of consciousness and the human condition through material transformations. Curated by Chiedza Pasipanodya (AGP), Liz Ikiriko (AGYU), Pamela Edmonds (M(M)A) and Leila Timmins (RMG), and showing between 2022 and 2023, this series of separately curated exhibitions are thematically united by the classical elements of air, water, earth, and fire – referencing Whiten’s interest in alchemical processes.

Elemental: Ethereal is on view at the McMaster Museum of Art until May 13, 2022 and Elemental: Oceanic is on view at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery until August 28, 2022. The exhibitions at AGP and AGYU are forthcoming.

About Tim Whiten

Tim Whiten was born in Inkster, Michigan in 1941. In 1964, he received a B.S. from Central Michigan University, College of Applied Arts and Science, and in 1966 completed his M.F.A. at the University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts. After immigrating to Canada in 1968, he taught in the Department of Visual Arts at York University for 39 years. An award-winning educator, he was also Chair of the University’s Department of Visual Arts where he is currently Professor Emeritus. Since 1962, he has had work presented in exhibitions throughout North America and internationally and it is included in numerous private, public, and corporate collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (both the de Young and the Legion of Honor/ Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts). Based in Toronto, Tim Whiten is represented by Olga Korper Gallery.

About Erika DeFreitas

Erika DeFreitas’s multidisciplinary practice includes performance, photography, video, installation, textiles, drawing and writing. Placing emphasis on gesture, process, the body, documentation and paranormal phenomena, DeFreitas mines concepts of loss, post-memory, legacy and objecthood. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Project Row Houses and the Museum of African American Culture, Houston; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita. She is a recipient of the 2016 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Finalist Artist Prize, the 2016 John Hartman Award, and was longlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award. DeFreitas holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.​

Grant Writing Workshop + Guided Peer Review With Daniella Sanader

Part I: Grant Writing 101 with Daniella Sanader

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

6-7:30 pm

Hosted on Zoom

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpduugrjsuHNUdyNS-CokpYIxZMrGPaiST

Part II: Guided Peer Review: Project Proposals

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

6-7:30 pm

Hosted on Zoom

Register by April 20, 2022: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkcO2pqTsuHNKiQzSWxjb_5bcifXfBhLBJ

Both sessions are free and open to everyone.

Attendance at both sessions is not mandatory; however, if you’re new to grant writing and you’re interested in taking part in the guided peer review session, we strongly encourage you to attend Part I: Grant Writing 101. Please note that the deadline to register for the peer review session is April 20.

Closed captioning and live transcription will be available through the built-in Zoom CC and Transcription features. ASL Interpretation can be arranged upon request. Please contact Hannah Keating at [email protected] to submit an interpretation request by March 30, 2022. All efforts will be made to fill a request, but if an Interpreter cannot be secured, we will let you know before the event takes place.

Is there anything else we can do to support your participation? Please reach out to Hannah at [email protected].

Part I: Grant Writing 101 with Daniella Sanader

Offering an overview of the funding landscape, this workshop will highlight how grants can support your art practice and projects, how to prepare and manage your time, and where to find key funding opportunities. We’ll also review best practices for budgets and support material and read through a successful grant application to explore useful writing tips you can use in your own applications.

This workshop will be hosted as a Zoom webinar, with a short mid-session break and an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Part II: Guided Peer Review: Project Proposals

In this facilitated session, you will be paired with another artist to exchange project proposals and provide mutual support through questions and suggestions. We will provide structure and advice for the peer review that will guide your 1:1 breakout rooms and Daniella Sanader will join the call at the end to address any additional questions.

Each participant should come prepared with ONE of the following:

Option A: If you are preparing to apply for a grant and already have a project proposal prepared, bring that draft text for review. The text should be no longer than 500 words.

Option B: If you don’t currently have a grant in mind, you can prepare a hypothetical project proposal using the following prompt: Describe your project. Explain the inspiration for your project or why you wish to undertake it at this time and how this project will contribute to your artistic development. The text should be no longer than 500 words.

Option C: If you recently applied for a grant, but were unsuccessful, you can bring your project proposal from that application. You may have an opportunity to reapply or submit the project for consideration in another grant application. The text should be no longer than 500 words.

Schedule

This workshop will be hosted as a Zoom meeting and will have the following schedule:

  • 6:00-6:10           Welcome and housekeeping
  • 6:10-6:30           Breakout rooms in pairs – participants introduce themselves and exchange texts; read and reflect independently.
  • 6:30-6:45           Partner 1 offers feedback to Partner 2
  • 6:45-7:00           Partner 2 offers feedback to Partner 1
  • 7:00-7:20           Return to the main Zoom room – pairs or individuals can bring questions to the group for more input; Daniella Sanader will join the call to answer questions as well.

About the workshop leader

Daniella Sanader is a writer and reader based in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in Canadian Art, Artforum.com, C MagazineBlackFlash MagazineBorder Crossings MagazineMaclean’sThe Brooklyn Railesse magazine, and others. Her texts have also been published by a number of galleries and artist-run spaces across Canada and internationally. In January 2018, she was named the annual Emerging Cultural Leader by the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO). She was also a participant in the Critical Art Writing Ensemble III at the Banff Centre in 2018. Currently, she works as a freelance editor, supporting artists, curators, and arts organizations to realize a variety of texts.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Hannah Keating at [email protected].

The RMG would like to acknowledge the RBC Foundation for their generous support of the Artist Professional Development Workshop Series.

NEW! RMG Virtual School

RMG Virtual School is a FREE synchronous learning opportunity for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students! One of our Educators will visit your classroom virtually and provide a directed and social interactives using artworks from the RMG’s permanent collection. Each virtual engagement is designed to build students’ visual literacy skills, nurture problem solving and communication skills, and encourage imaginative and creative thinking.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery has an extensive collection of modern and contemporary artworks, in particular, abstractions by the Painters Eleven.

This year, we will take a deeper dive into abstractions to facilitate discussion on themes such as identity, mental health and wellbeing, environmental advocacy, and social justice. While abstraction will be at its core, integration of historical artworks (such as works by members of the Group of Seven) will be used for a holistic approach to our innovative and multi-disciplinary learning offerings.

Starting February, these programs will be offered Wednesday to Friday. They can be booked to suit your classroom and school scheduling needs. Each program is approximately 30-45 minutes in length and can be extended to include a 45 minute studio workshop. Studio activity kits will be available at a nominal fee ($75 for a class set for up to 30 students), pick up at the RMG.

 

Kindergarten, Grade 1-3

Abstract Portraits: Communicating our Thoughts and Feelings

Mental Health and well-being is at the forefront of our daily lives and affects even the very young. Looking at and reflecting on portraits is a great way to identify various emotions in ourselves, encourage empathy with others and build healthy social relationships. In this program, we will play, discuss and explore realistic and abstract portraits by Canadian artists. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience through a grade appropriate basic drawing exercise. The optional extended studio workshop will encourage students to consider the use of patterns and textures to create their own whimsical water-soluble oil pastel portrait.

Grade 4-6, Grade 7-8

Abstract Portraits and Identity

Art is a connector between us, artists often use the theme of relationships as a subject of their artwork. What can art teach us about ourselves? How can art help us enhance our emotional and social intelligence? How do our identities inform our values, ideas, and actions? In this interactive program, we will consider not only our own development of identity and self-advocacy but also explore how we handle social justice issues using abstract concepts and artworks. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience through a grade appropriate basic drawing challenge. The optional extended studio workshop will encourage students to create a mixed media self-portrait.

 

To book a session, please contact Learning and Engagement Lead, Jennifer Welch at [email protected].

Perspective/Prospective

Perspective refers to an outlook and point of view, while prospective is future-oriented, suggesting a vision of what is to come. Both this personal and aspirational approach, encompass the spirit of this student photography project. Presented in partnership with the School of Media, Art and Design at Durham College, this exhibition showcases photographs taken by students in the first year Photography and Video Production program. For the project, the students explored photovoice, a process through which photography is used to reflect lived-experience and connect through the sharing of personal perspectives. They were then invited to tell a personal story through images, documenting their environment and daily experiences.

This project was part of an integrated learning experience where the students learned about the history of the Thomas Bouckley Collection, the power of using photovoice, and the value of looking inward. The Thomas Bouckley Collection, housed at the RMG, has over 3,500 photographs that visualize the history of Oshawa. However, the collection lacks the stories and perspectives of many of Oshawa’s residents. Installed in the Thomas Bouckley Collection corridor, this project is part of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s ongoing effort to present diverse perspectives from the community. 

The resulting photographs shared similar themes, reflecting the students’ realities and observations: empty streets or paths, solace in nature, changing environments, the visible impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and exploration of community. We want to thank all of the participating students for sharing their lives with us through the power of photographs.

Shane Kreslin, Waiting, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa GO Station, ON

“I was waiting for my brother to get off the train and wanted to capture the feeling of waiting for a family member or a friend to get off the train.”

Ryan Caley, Twisting Path, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Bowmanville, ON

“The creek is situated right in the middle of Bowmanville, and it is amazing how you feel completely immersed in nature by venturing down some of the less travelled paths while still always being no less than a five minute walk away from a main road or neighbourhood.”

ulon Williams-Stewart, Autumn Leaves , 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden, Oshawa, ON

“There is a lot to be said about nature. No matter the time of day, weather, or season, it always finds a way to remain breathtaking.”

Walter Cheung, Durham College, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Durham College, Oshawa, ON

“I picked Durham College as my subject because …the memories that I have created here are unforgettable. This building has a special meaning to me because the year that this building was completed was the same year I started my studies at Durham College. It was also the location of my first course.”

Jordan Rushton, Plentiful Apples, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Maple Grove Orchards, Bowmanville, ON

“It conveys a joyful and relatable experience by capturing something anyone can do. I want these photos to allow anyone to bring back memories or make new ones about an apple orchard.”

Shyanne Rodriguez-Kiritpal, Out of the Shadows, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Dean Park, Oshawa, ON

“Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays of the year. Last year in 2020 when COVID-19 hit hard, there were many cancellations of trips, events, parties, as well as holidays, one of them being Halloween.”

Tyler Lee, Cancelled Date, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Parkwood Estate, Oshawa, ON

“With my photos, I try to tell the story of growing up and losing innocence.”

Trinity Wishnowski, Watching Cat, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Niagara Park, Oshawa, ON

“There is nothing that beats the love I have for my friends…taking photos helps us capture moments we might not get again.”

Vanessa Legrow Garnon, Hear a Breeze, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Port Perry, ON

“I want to show the history of places and people. I want my pictures to tell a story, I want it to show the emotions of the person and or place in the picture.”Trinity Wishnowski, Watching Cat, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Niagara Park, Oshawa, ON

“There is nothing that beats the love I have for my friends…taking photos helps us capture moments we might not get again.”

Travis Frost, Chase McAsphalt, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa Pier, Oshawa, ON

“My beautiful friend Chase posing at the Oshawa Pier across from McAsphalt.”

Shivam Puri, Hope, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Whitby, ON

“Photography has helped me with capturing emotional and social issues which has the power to influence and change the world.”

Singh Japneet, Always Together, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden, Oshawa, ON

“I believe an image is a poem without words and I try to portray stories with my images.”

Sohilahamad Bodar, Facing the Clock, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Toronto, ON

“I tried to show Toronto from the eyes of an international student…if I hadn’t got support from the local community, I would have felt homesickness or not accepted. But I didn’t even feel for a moment that I am an outsider.”

Shahriq Hosain, Food Truck, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Winchester Road Food Trucks, Oshawa, ON

“I created images from the perspective of a man who was raised in the city. I create my personal vision through experiences.”

Emily Ryde, Conquer Darkness, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa, ON

“I wanted to capture Oshawa and the Durham Region in one common way by showcasing the issue we all share commonly in these times.”

Sarah St. Denis, Arts Origin, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Durham College, Oshawa, ON

“Arts Origin is a look inside what it is like to be attending Durham College as a first year Video Production student. I captured this image inside one of the many photography studios on campus while my classmates and I were learning how to properly shoot portrait images.”

Nathan Thompson, Future, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa, ON.

“Future was shot off of Center and King Streets, arguably the highest traffic intersection in Oshawa. This intersection is near the heart of town and has street art at nearly every block as well as the most active bus routes in town. Future captures a feeling of hope.”

Nolan Drew, Leading the Way, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Durham College, Oshawa, ON

“A crucial piece of Oshawa to a lot of people is the
student life and experience, as well as the locations they spend a lot of time at. I took a long walk around the Durham College Oshawa campus, and got plenty of pictures of various buildings and beautiful things in the area.”

Megan Gibbs, Peering Beyond the Canopy, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Lakeview Park, Oshawa, ON

“As someone who loves nature, the variety of sights and plants the Durham region has to offer is a true joy to explore and discover.”

Matthew Peuker, Fireside, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Langmaid Road, Hampton, ON

“Through my photos, I want to show people that even in the times that feel the darkest, when everyone feels alone, joy can persist. I want to remind people of childlike joy and freedom, where even when fear and anxiety exist, we can still stand up, start walking, and live life with smiles on our faces and joy in our day-to-day lives.”

Marissa Finn, Simcoe United Church, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa, ON

“My husband was a big inspiration behind this work as he is very into history and likes to take our family on trips around town to show us some of his favourite places and tell us some of the history behind them.”

Kyron Maloney, Beach Calling, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Port Darlington, Bowmanville, ON

“Having parents who immigrated from the Caribbean, nice hot weather and beaches was always something to look forward to during the summers. This place reminds me of my childhood summers spent on the beaches of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”

Kimberly Cooke, Fallin’ with Corona, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Pickering City Hall, Pickering, ON

“The empty benches that would regularly have been filled with friends or families enjoying the fall weather, lay bare and unused due to a virus that attacks us physically and now has wedged a perceptional division in people indefinitely.”

Kyle Mercieca, Social Central, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Riley’s Pub, Oshawa, ON

“When I was in my late teens to early twenties, me and my friends would often go drive and park at the Oshawa parking garage, play some billiards, have a few drinks at the Riley’s Pub, and go on to have a great night. To me, Riley’s was a staple social setting in Durham Region/Oshawa and many memorable nights were spent there.”

Krissha Patterson, Haustvindar, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, Oshawa, ON

“The great outdoors holds so many mysteries and wonders that we all have taken for granted.”

Duale Mohamed Omar, Kolanji In Front of Graffiti in North Oshawa, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa, ON

“This photoshoot showcases art, graffiti, fashion, hip-hop, and the urban scene of Oshawa.”

Muhammad Mutahir, Durham College, Leading the Way, 2021, digital Photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Durham College, Centre for Collaborative Education, Oshawa, ON

“I took a photo of the CFCE building because it’s part of the campus where I go to study and attend classes. I also like the architectural design of the building and how it stands out compared to all the other buildings on campus.”

Katie OConnor, Peaceful Bridge, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, Oshawa, ON

“I have always enjoyed the peacefulness and tranquility that parks can achieve, even in the middle of a bustling city, and wanted to capture that peacefulness.”

Jorge Dorado, Little Bentley, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Lakeview Park, Oshawa, ON

“When I moved to Canada, like many, I had to leave behind great loves. One of them was my dog who, due to immigration and COVID-19 restrictions, will not yet be able to come to his new home. That’s why my interest is to honor the love of my canine son by capturing the day to day lives of people lucky enough to have pets, dreaming of soon being one of them.”

Jarvis Perryman, Building and Sky, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Durham College, Oshawa, ON

“As someone from a small community in Ajax, the architecture around our school is breathtaking.”

Jacqueline Mackle, North Church, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa, ON

“Churches are a big part of my life and I find myself drawn to them, there is so much history there and so many untold stories.”

Jessica Welter, The Mass, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Camp 30, Bowmanville, ON

“With every image I took at Camp 30 not only am I telling the stories from our history but I am sharing the image in a new light after many years. The story of Camp 30 is not well known but I hope to help shine more light onto this historical monument with my images.”

Pancham Dhupar, Rainy Day Be Like, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa, ON

“I am an international student…I want people to see what I see every day, through my photos.”

Hayden A. Bannister, Rusty Mailboxes, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Bowmanville, ON

“Bowmanville. It’s the town I grew up in, the town I saw change from a tiny industrial workhorse to a lively small city. It has the trifecta; strong farms, strong industry, and, more recently, small but strong urban areas. Despite this change, I believe the beauty of this town is in the old rusty stuff.”

Harshit Donter, Kizashi, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Uxbridge, ON

“Kizashi” is a Japanese word that means ‘something good is about to happen.’ The title was inspired by the old clock in Downtown Uxbridge and the scene behind it that gave me a feeling that something good will happen.”

Alden Giberson, Bus Stop, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Durham College, Oshawa, ON

“My work explores my personal progression as a photographer but it also showcases my willingness to challenge myself.”

Gemma Mazza, After the Rain, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Rotary Park, Bowmanville, ON

“I’ve always had an appreciation for the outdoors and nature that has since grown a lot this past year and a half. Because of this, I’ve spent a lot more time in parks, paths, and trails where I can experience all kinds of moments.”

Eric Lambert, A Powerful Current, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, Oshawa, ON

“The river reminds me of the times I would go fishing with my grandfather, or “pops,” as I called him before he passed away six years ago. We would chat and joke around and generally just have a good time whilst we were fishing.”

Faizaan Lockhat, Community, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Whitby, ON

“This photograph showcases community, a key pillar that makes up the Durham region.”

Brianna Stokes, Nature’s Bath, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, Oshawa, ON

“As we live our daily lives and attempt to find some type of normalcy, I tend to find myself leaning on the beauty of nature to find a sense of peace. No matter how much I have going on or how much is changing in my life, I know I can always take a quick walk around the block or trip to the park and find myself in awe of the beauty that is nature.”

Emilia Cipollone, Tug of War, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Whitby, ON

“I am a mother of rescue dogs and always will be. Helping animals is my way of helping the community, and giving back however I can.”

Emily Radacz, Elliott, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: St. George’s Anglican Church, Ajax, ON

“I chose to photograph graves in Durham for this exhibition and I focused on group headstones. I couldn’t help but think of the stories these people had or could have had. These are peaceful places where all problems become obsolete.”

Colin Lafond, Autumn History, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Camp 30, Bowmanville, ON

“This photo was taken at Camp 30 while I was walking around taking pictures and noticed the bright autumn colours on the tree nearby. I wanted to document the architecture and different buildings while making it appealing and eye grabbing.”

Connor Agnew, Infinity, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Paulynn Park, Ajax, ON

“These last couple of months really allowed me to see the artistic world through a different lens. When looking at the world around us objectively, if that’s even possible, it’s easy to see how we take the community we live in for granted.”

Colin Harrop, Fall Warmth, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Ajax, ON

“Growing up and living my whole life in Ajax, I have never really spent the time to appreciate the colours and beauty of the city. Walking to school most of my childhood I never did pay attention to the scenery and wildlife until going around to shoot photos.”

Andrew Baker, Camp 30 Entrance, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Camp 30, Bowmanville, ON

“For this project I had the idea of going to multiple historic buildings throughout Durham region, but after doing some extensive research over a couple of days I decided to do my project on Camp 30 and my perspective on the camp.”

Bobby Quin, What’s the Buzz?, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Parkwood Estate, Oshawa, ON

“What better way to showcase how beautiful the land around us truly is then by capturing it in motion.”

Analyn Whyte, Through the Wreath, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, Oshawa, ON

“I enjoy taking photographs of nature….[it’s] where I feel at home. I like the look of trees and water and especially enjoy the look of the sky at sunset and sunrise.”

Dejah Wocker, Johnson & Johnson, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Walmart, Oshawa, ON

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in so many ways, from an increase in job loss to the death of people closest to us.”

Eva Modica, Best Burgers, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Olympus Burgers, Port Hope, ON

“I wanted to capture the essence of a family run restaurant in Port Hope, as they are the heart of the town.”

David Dixon, Ghost, 2021, digital photograph. Edition: 1/1
Location: Montgomery Park Road, Pickering, ON

“Thank you, mom, for driving me to shooting locations in the cold, in the rain, and at night. You are the best and you make a great ghost.”Eva Modica, Best Burgers, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Olympus Burgers, Port Hope, ON

“I wanted to capture the essence of a family run restaurant in Port Hope, as they are the heart of the town.”

Aaron Lagler, The Lighthouse, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Heydenshore Boardwalk, 589 Water Street, Whitby, ON

“Coping with insomnia for the last few years of my life, nothing has tossed me further into the depths of loneliness during these times than having to face it alone…The thing that pulled me back to reality most was my art. My art confronts solitude as a form of solace, reminding me that it’s okay to be alone, it’s okay to feel alone; sometimes it’s what we need.”

Patrick Chayer, Playtime, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Kingside Park, Oshawa, ON

“This photo is about my life as a child and the places that have had a huge impact on my life.”

Sartaj Singh, Fresh Buns, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Toronto, ON

“I recently moved to this city, thus wanted to explore the city life at night.”

Montana Budd-Haynes, Loss Where Hope Once Stood, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: GM Assembly Plant, Oshawa, ON

“I tried to capture what I believe represents Durham Region…including the emotional and historical connection that Oshawa has to the General Motors Assembly Plant.”

Ekansh Yakhmi, Workers, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition AP 1/1
Location: Punjab, India

“I have captured farmlands and a scene of harvesting from my community in Punjab, India.”

Jason Kruetzmann, All Roads Lead to Home, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Conlin Road East and Harmony Road South, Oshawa, ON

“It took me a long time to find somewhere that felt like home. Through my teens and twenties, I travelled the country, chasing that elusive “home” feeling. Nothing ever felt right until I moved to Oshawa. The growth and potential of this city is awe-inspiring, and I’m proud to call it my home.”

Natasha Miles, Present, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Port Perry, ON

“Being by the water brings me peace and a sense of calm and connectedness; it is a time of reflection and closure as the waves ripple towards me.”

Norbert Turoczi, Places To Be, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1.
Location: Toronto, ON

“I focused on showcasing my city’s most valued asset, the people who live in it. Toronto is a fast-moving city; no matter the time of the day, there will always be floods of people marching up and down the street.”

Brooke Warner, Woman Warrior, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Oshawa Fire Department Station 1, Oshawa, ON

“As a photographer and a passionate volunteer within my community, I strive to capture important people and places that make a difference in the community. Jessica Crombie is one of five female firefighters in the Oshawa Fire Department stationed at the Department Headquarters, Station One. Each station specializes in a different area of training; Station One specializes in survival training.”

Erik Smith, Tradition, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Dr. Roberta Bondar Public School, Ajax, ON

“This picture captures fond memories of walking to school every day with the community of friends and people I once used to know. I also challenge anyone to visit the baseball stadium at Dr. Roberta Bondar and not find a pop can stuck in the pole.”

Emilie Maltais, Little Adventures, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Oshawa, ON

“As a mother, I know how important each moment and memory can be, and I hope to be able to catch as many as I can so that I may preserve them in time.”

Rebecca Otto, Parkwood Sculpture, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Parkwood Estate, Oshawa, ON

“I am not from Durham Region, so I got to explore and learn about the history of Durham through sculptures. Across Durham Region there is a wide variety of sculptures each telling an innovative story about the history and the life before. For each sculpture I photographed it related in a symbolic way to my life and experiences.”

Michael Mlynarczyk, Construction, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: King Street, Downtown Oshawa, ON

“Oshawa is a city full of character, especially downtown, home to great little restaurants, boutiques shops, unique stores, exciting people, developments, and much more. It has its flaws and the potential to be a great place, which I have noticed whenever I’m out in the city, there are constantly updates or improvements being made.”

Kayleigh Algar, Planes of the Past, 2021, digital photograph.
Edition: 1/1
Location: Tyrone Mills, Bowmanville, ON

“Travel has always been a part of me, a part of my culture, and a part of my community…With every passing moment in a new environment, I can see the stories that have been told there. This time, the stories that have been shared all revolve around a mill producing flour and manufacturing lumber in the Durham Region.”

Liam McManus, From The Past to No Mask, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Courtice, ON

“Both sides to the image tell a story…the pandemic was not easy for anyone, including me, so I wanted to show that in a picture.”

Jonathan Miller, Weather Vane, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Windfields, Oshawa, ON

“I think that the story of how the places we live in came to be is most often neglected. Exploring our current living spaces for links to the past is another way that my work attempts to connect history to place.”

Cameron McNeely, Contamination, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Kinsmen Civic Memorial Stadium, Oshawa, ON

“As a new resident in the Durham region, I decided there is no better way of experiencing the area than to explore downtown Oshawa, the heart of this city, and its surrounding area. This photo reflects my first impressions of the city of Oshawa and my experience so far as a new resident.”

Robyn McGrenere, Solitude, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Lakeview Park, Oshawa, ON

“As someone who is not from the area and grew up in Trenton, ON with nature all around me, moving to a bigger city was quite the change. Shortly after moving here, I discovered the Lakeview Park Beach and instantly felt more at home.”

Logan James, Expansion of Port Perry, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Across from Old Simcoe Road and Paxton Street, Port Perry, ON

“While attending Durham College I am living from home in my home town of Port Perry. As an artist and on a personal level I wanted to create a collection of images that show the ongoing development of my neighbourhood… This is a big change for myself and my town, as throughout my life there has been little development of my surroundings.”

Jacobin Mathews, Magician, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Steve’s Leather Fashions, 70 Bond St. W, Oshawa

“I am from Kerala, India where one of my best childhood memories consists of my mother taking me and my brother to a tailor shop every new year for new clothes.”

Taylor Will, The Boardwalk, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Waterfront Park, Ajax, ON

“As a first-year international student living in Canada, taking photos everywhere I go has been one of the best ways for me to not only explore and familiarize myself with my new surroundings in the Durham region, but also help me bring the stories of my new adventures to life when sharing them with my friends and family back home.”

Jaden Howson-Visser, The Art of Staining, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Guelph, ON

“Being born in Guelph and raised by my father who is a portrait artist for a living meant I got to see a lot of the art community at work not only in the public eye but also behind the scenes… This is local artist Lynn Chadwick soldering together stained glass art for a church.”

Bryanna Fudge, Building of Hope, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: CMHA Durham, Oshawa, ON

“I chose to photograph the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) building because since the age of fifteen, I have been using their services. Being so young and going through two large milestones was challenging. That building is lifesaving. Walking in those doors, you are welcomed and accepted no matter what your life story is.”

Jacey Boyer, A Century Home, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Port Perry, ON

“When I think about my community, Port Perry, I think about all the historical buildings. There are many across Port Perry and they always catch my eye.”

Stuart Foster, Transit, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Durham College, Oshawa, ON

“I documented how I experience Oshawa, and Durham Region as a whole. I decided to photograph a few of my frequent spots around the city, and more importantly how I got there.”

Jacqueline Woods, Home, 2021, digital photograph. Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa, ON

“My childhood home… helped stimulate my creativity and curiosity for photography.”

Aaron McInnes, Retirement Home Workers, 2021,
digital photograph.
Edition 1/1
Location: Oshawa, ON

“These are my parents who work at a long-term care home as food service aide workers for the elderly… they are the hardest working people I know and a big inspiration to me.”

Jayde Duhn, Fifty Shades of Orange, 2021, digital photograph.
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Location: Parking garage, downtown Oshawa, ON

“These sunset images that I chose were taken in downtown Oshawa. I took them while on a walk. One of the messages I wanted to convey was that even though we live in a city, it is still possible to see the beauty our earth has to offer.”

Please be sure to visit both the onsite exhibition at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery on display until June 5, 2022, as well as the online exhibition that includes all of the student’s work here