The Women’s Kit – REGENERATION
Opening Reception Thursday, October 5 @ 7 – 10pm
Panel Discussion / Tuesday October 17 @ 7pm
Ada Slaight Student Galleries, Second Floor
Hours 7:30 am to 12:00 am
OCAD University 100 McCaul St, Toronto
*Event is trans inclusive / transphobia will not be tolerated
*Venue has gender neutral washrooms
*Venue is wheelchair accessible
*Scent reduced event / no perfumes or colognes please
drawing from the past
bringing to the present,
forty-two years later
much has changed
and yet not enough
An intergenerational art exhibition and launch of The Women’s Kit website celebrating the history and visibility of feminist art in Toronto.
In 1973, The Women’s Kit was produced in Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) by researcher and artist, Pamela Harris, along with a team of fellow artists and educators. These women assembled a dynamic educational resource with over 150 items that relate to the socialization of femininity.
The Women’s Kit was distributed to high schools and colleges to encourage students to observe and question the limitations set on prescribed gender roles. Since its creation, The Women’s Kit has found its home at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) at OISE as a subject of research and scholarly publication.
During a meeting in 2014, members of the Feminist Art Conference viewed the kit and were enchanted by the time capsule of the feminist art movement in Toronto. Through funding by an anonymous donor and hundreds of volunteer hours, they sought to immortalize the kit through a massive digitization project.
FAC is strongly motivated by a feminist imperative to document the pioneering work of the kit’s creators. This new website is as a testament to the importance of feminist history and the necessity of visibility. By publishing The Women’s Kit online, FAC is bridging the feminist generation gap. The creation of the digital platform also allows the kit to return to its origins as an educational tool for wide dissemination.
For the development of the website, FAC procured funding from a generous anonymous donor. The educational expansion on the project solidified with additional funding from OCAD University through the Ada Slaight Foundation and an Arts Education Projects grant from the Ontario Arts Council. This critical funding supported students in an exploration of the kit, culminating in the creation of artwork inspired by its contents. Outfitted with museum gloves, current Drawing and Painting students at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, along with recent alumni and local youth, dug through this rich archive responding with contemporary viewpoints on feminism today.
The resulting exhibition, REGENERATION, seeks to provide an in-depth and intersectional approach to The Women’s Kit, one that re-examines several critical conversations rooted in generations of feminism and fertilized by LGBTQ2S+ love, afro-futurist narratives, race politics, diasporic conversations, gender identity and sexual diversity. They explore new feminist realities and amplify artist narratives that were silenced at the time of the kit’s inception due to power and privilege at play. The arts-engaged youth do this through printmaking and zines inspired by pop art and the graphic arts movements contemporary to the kit.
The resurrection of the kit at this critical moment in the feminist movement and the ensuing conversation between past and present culminates with the launch of The Women’s Kit website and the REGENERATION exhibit of new artwork created by a current generation of storytellers.
Join the conversation through art and explore The Women’s Kit website at the opening reception on October 5th!
OCADU Drawing and Painting
Current Students and Recent Alumni
Iman Aziz Bhatti
Kira Nguyen Do
Sophia Xavion Alexis
Project funded in part by the Ada Slaight Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council
PWYC Donation at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Cash bar and party snacks!
Facebook event here!
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For some time, we have had the goal of creating a project that would focus on this topic as an anchoring curatorial theme. Recently, we have been invited to curate a conversation through art at the Truth About Healthy Lives Conference taking place at the Toronto Reference Library events space on April 8.
Organizers believe the work from our community will be both inspiring and provocative for their 500+ attendees. With the event space in mind, our curatorial team is asking for works of a standardized size of 10″ x 10”. We are looking for intimate works that speak to the themes of health from a feminist framework.
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To get more details go to our facebook event page here.
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