2007 - Toronto/Montreal/Lille: Together Elsewhere / Ensemble Ailleurs
2007 - imagearts.ryerson.ca/torontomontreallille

2006 - Toronto/Montreal: The Proliferation of Screens
2006- -www.torontomontreal.org

Brainstorming weekend sessions to prepare Quebec-Ontario Symposium


In October of 2001, Ryerson University hosted a brainstorming weekend with the help of sponsorship from the Bureau of Quebec in Toronto. Many people took time from busy schedules, even traveled considerable distances at personal expense, to attend the meetings on the weekend of October 19th – 20th.
The goal was to organize an arts symposium in 2003 which would create a solid exchange platform between artists, critical writers, theorists and arts institutions With a common foundation in fine arts across Quebec and Ontario, thirty-six participants from both provinces brought their energy and ideas together to prepare a base for the symposium.

The first conference/exchange planned for February 2003 would be hosted by Ryerson in cooperation with other arts organizations in Toronto. It would feature new work in film, installation, new media, photography and collaborative projects by Quebec and Ontario artists, and would also be supported by an exchange of ideas and a series of open meetings, screenings, performances and discussions.

Fall 2001

Thursday, October 18, evening
Opening of Nicolas Baier and Andrea Szilasi exhibitions
Gallery TPW and Ryerson Gallery; 80 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Friday, October 19, afternoon

School of Image Arts, Ryerson; 122 Bond Street, Toronto

4:00 - 4:30: Participants arrive

4:30 - 6:00: First session, R 304
Introduction and welcome
What Ryerson can contribute: facilities, locations, resources
(Information package provided to all participants)
Possible scenarios and locations for symposium, alternate years
Themes, developments and questions to consider:
Prof. Edward Slopek
Prof. Bruce Elder

6:00 - 7:00 Wine and Cheese reception, School of Image Arts

7:30 Kodak Lecture, Nicolas Baier

Saturday, October 20, morning

School of Image Arts, R 334

9:30 - 10:00: Arrive / coffee

10:00 - 12:00: Second session: Institutional partners and potential sponsors
How they can contribute
What each would like to see happen
Issues they are concerned with
Areas of specialization or specific focus and support

12:00 - 12:30: Discussion

12:30 – 1:30: LUNCH / Provided by School of Image Arts

Saturday, October 20, afternoon

School of Image Arts, R 334

2:00 – 4:30: Third session: Individual artists, artist-run centres and coalitions
Work they would like to present
Venues, needs, issues
Media, forms and combinations
What they would bring to a first symposium
Possibilities for workshops or interaction with students

4:30 – 5:00: Summary Discussion / Planning for 2002 – 2003
November or February?
List of participants / invitees
Follow-up information, contact information
Notes from first sessions
Discussion on web site / publishing

6:30 PM: Dinner for all Participants, Oakham House

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