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Public Exposures: The art-activism of Condé + Beveridge 1976-2016 event details:

The Public Exposures Symposium (May 27, 28, 29 in Toronto) will bring together participants from diverse communities and working sectors — practicing artists, community activists, union members, educators, students, and more.

Inspired by Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge’s innovative art, and their strategic activism, participants will discuss issues and strategies that they and many others are engaging around needs for social, economic, and environmental justice. We also hope the discussions at the symposium will spark a renewal in grassroots collaborations, seeding new possibilities for artists and activists working in the public sphere.

Please join us for all or some of these events!

You may register here so we can arragnge food, but please feel free to join us even if you haven't had a chance to register.

Everyone is welcome!

Schedule of Events:


7:30 pm: Working People/Talking Pictures (Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond Street West)

Part of the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts: A Performance/Talk about Condé & Beveridge’s collaboration with healthcare workers to produce the photo series, ILL WIND (2007)
With: Aida Jordao (popular theatre director), Joanne Webb (CUPE Ontario Vice President); Kiera Chion (OPSEU organizer).

SATURDAY MAY 28 (10am to 5:30pm at OCAD*, room 190)


10:00 – Coffee and welcome!

Keynote address (10:30am-11am): Barb Byers, Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress, and board member for the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre.

Short Break

Panel 1 (11:15am-12:45pm): Condé + Beveridge’s collaborative art-activism

  • Dot Tuer (theorist and historian, OCAD University, Toronto);
  • Loraine Leeson (art & community, Middlesex Univeristy, London, UK)
  • Leaf Watson & Sanjit Dhillon (curators of the contemporary response to Beveridge & Condé's It's Still Privileged Art 1976, OCAD University, Toronto)
  • Moderator: Don Bouzek (activist video/ theatre director, Groundzero Productions, Edmonton).

LUNCH: We will try our best to accommodate a number of different food restrictions, and will have some delicious vegan and gluten-free options. It is also FREE (though we would not turn away donations if you are able to contribute to some of the costs).


Panel 2 (1:30pm-3pm:) Art Workers Organizing

  • Moderators: Greg De Peuter and Nicole Cohen
  • Lise Soskolne (WAGE, New York)
  • Sally Lee (CARFAC Ontario)
  • Joshua Schwebel (Joshua Schwebel is a conceptual artist based in Berlin, working through site and situation-responsive interventions.)

Short Break

Panel 3 (3:15pm-4:45pm): Art & Migrant Labour

  • Tings Chak (Hong Kong-born and Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist and migrant justice organizer)
  • Alvis Choi (Artist and Co-facilitator of Butterfly Voices, an ongoing arts-based project with migrants working in massage parlours and the sex industry)
  • Kwentong Bayan (Sharing and documenting the lives of caregivers in a positive way, how they resist the exploitative structure of the Live-in Caregiver Program, and also how they create community while all of these struggles are going on)
  • Min Sook Lee – Moderator (filmmaker, OCAD University, Toronto)

-- Due to unforeseen circumstances, Greg Sholette and Favianna Rodriguez, who were originally going to be participating in these events, will not be able to join us --

Final Response/Summation (5pm-5:30pm)


Reception (7pm-8pm, Lambert Lounge - adjacent to the auditorium)

Join us for some drinks and snacks prior to the film screening.

8pm screening (OCAD U auditoriumm, room 190):
“Portrait of Resistance: the art & activism of Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge” (71 min)
(followed by a Q&A with Condé & Beveridge and the filmmakers Roz Owen & Jim Miller)

** NOTE ** Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret that we will have to postpone our workshop, Building the Cultural Front on Migrant Justice, originally scheduled for Sunday. We hope to reschedule this event at a later date, so watch out for any announcements.


OCAD = The Ontario College of Art and Design
100 McCaul Street (Near Dundas and University Avenue)
Transit options: Accessible from the 505 Dundas streetcar and from St. Patrick Subway Station

401 Richmond Building
Near Queen and Spadina
Transit options: accessible from the 510 Spadina and the 501 Queen streetcars

All event locations are wheelchair accessible

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