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Ceramics Barrel Firing Workshop with Pierre Aupilardjuk & Shary Boyle

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Fool's Paradise

1 Meadowcliffe Drive

Toronto, ON M1M 2X9

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Ceramics Barrel Firing Workshop with Pierre Aupilardjuk & Shary Boyle
January 13 & January 27/28, 2018
Workshop fee: $250, including instruction, materials, shuttle bus & food/refreshments ($150 for current U of T Scarborough students)
Presented in partnership with Ontario Heritage Trust

In this incredible hands-on, three-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create a ceramic sculpture and finish it by barrel firing — a process where ceramic pieces are coloured and marked by smoke — under the instruction of artists Pierre Aupilardjuk (Rankin Inlet) and Shary Boyle (Toronto).

Space is limited and the workshop is currently full -- please register to be added to the waitlist. Please note that participants must be over the age of 16. Workshop fee will be due upon confirmation of participation.

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DAY 1
Saturday, January 13, 10 am - 4 pm
AA304, Arts & Administration Building
University of Toronto Scarborough (1265 Military Trail)
Return shuttle bus provided from St. George station

Participants will work with artist Shary Boyle in the studio to create a simple ceramic sculpture. All materials will be supplied. The day includes lunch and an exhibition tour of Earthlings at the Doris McCarthy Gallery: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/dmg/html/exhibitions/earthlings.html.

DAY 2
Saturday, January 27, 3 - 7 pm
Fool’s Paradise (1 Meadowcliffe Drive)
Return shuttle bus provided from St. George station

Atop the Scarborough Bluffs, on the property at Fool’s Paradise — the former home and studio of Doris McCarthy, now an artist residency run by Ontario Heritage Trust — participants will learn the basics of barrel firing with Aupilardjuk and Boyle, packing the barrel with the ceramics and beginning the burning process. The day will wrap up with dinner (inside!)

DAY 3 (optional)
Sunday, January 28, 10 am - 12 pm
Fool’s Paradise (1 Meadowcliffe Drive)

Interested participants are welcome to join artists at Fool’s Paradise to help unpack the barrel, and pick up their finished work! Those who choose not to attend this third day can pick up their work at the Doris McCarthy Gallery at a later date.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Pierre Aupilardjuk’s style of work represents his strong roots in a traditional narrative aesthetic and are included in the ceramics collection of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, Yellowknife; the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; as well as in private collections throughout North America. He lives and works in Rankin Inlet.

Shary Boyle lives in Toronto and works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation and performance. Collected and exhibited internationally, Boyle represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the Venice Biennale in 2013. In 2017 her sculptures were featured at South Korea’s Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, and in the Phaidon, UK publication Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art. Boyle’s first public art commission will be installed Spring 2018 on the front grounds of the Gardiner Ceramic Museum in Toronto.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the DMG exhibition Earthlings (November 1, 2017 - January 27, 2018), featuring visionary ceramic sculpture and works on paper, produced both individually and collaboratively by seven contemporary artists: Roger Aksadjuak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, Jessie Kenalogak, John Kurok, and Leo Napayok. Otherworldly, surreal, magically figurative, and underpinned by complex narratives, the works in this exhibition are the products of a range of deeply personal practices that are informed by idiosyncratic realities and myths, real and imagined spaces, sensuality, and spirituality. Curated by Shary Boyle in collaboration with Shauna Thompson, organized and circulated by Esker Foundation. Generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and U of T's Affinity Partner MBNA.

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