Online Programming


Online Shopping: what it means to be a collector in the digital age
Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:00PM
An online panel with Alex McLeod, Vanessa Runions and Robyn Zolnai.

Online Shopping: what it means to be a collector in the digital age invites a panel of seasoned art collectors, art sellers, and artists to share their thoughts and tips on the changing nature of collecting. Moderated by Tatum Dooley, this panel will touch on everything from the practical considerations for collecting to the more philosophical nature of what it means to be a steward of art.

Tatum Dooley is a writer and curator who lives in Toronto. She has written for Artforum, Bordercrossings, Canadian Art, Garage Magazine, the Globe & Mail, Lapham’s Quarterly, and The Walrus. Dooley has curated shows at Dianna Witte Gallery, General Hardware, and the Drake Devonshire (upcoming). She received an M.A. in Literatures of Modernity from Ryerson University in 2016, where she wrote a Major Research Paper on accessibility in the art world.

Alex McLeod is a Toronto-based visual artist who creates work about interconnection, life’s cycles, and empathy through the computer as medium. Prints, animations, and sculptures function as gateways into alternative dimensions, oscillating between the real and the imagined. McLeod holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and a Masters in Digital Media from the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University, Toronto. He has exhibited extensively at the provincial, national and international levels. His work is held in private and public collections worldwide.

Vanessa Runions was most recently the  Assistant Manager & Associate Curator at Scotiabank, and has worked for nearly a decade in two of Canada’s leading corporate art collections. She has consulted on several major public art projects, and was a board member at Gallery 44 and Mercer Union. She began her career in the arts as the Founder and Managing Editor of Carbon Paper Magazine — a Toronto-centric arts publication with a mandate to broaden access to arts and culture in the city. Vanessa is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her current research is focused on pivoting the structure of corporate art collections to remain viable and valuable in a rapidly changing world.

Robyn Zolnai completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at York University, and obtained her Master of Arts in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. Robyn is the sales manager and communications officer at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, and conducts lectures and workshops on collecting photography and career development for emerging artists. Robyn is also a member of the International Society of Appraisers and operates her own fine art appraisal and collection management company.

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Collage as Collection
Saturday, March 20, 2021 1:00PM
An online workshop with instructor Maggie Groat

This workshop will look at frameworks and associative logics utilized to amass collections of found images, and how these systems can be strategically mobilized towards the creation of original collages. We will discuss the collection as it relates to capitalism, colonialism, hierarchies, and power dynamics, and how artists have, and continue to, use methodologies of collage to comment, critique, subvert, and challenge existing narratives and histories through claiming, decontextualizing, fragmenting, and reassembling collections of existing materials. Participants are encouraged to gather and bring their own collections of images, as well as any inspiring (or convenient) source materials to collect images from, to workshop new methodologies and compositions.

Maggie Groat's Open Edition is on sale now and will be available for purchase through March 20. To purchase the edition click here.

Maggie Groat is an image and object maker who utilizes a range of media to interrogate methodologies of collage, salvage practices and site-specificity. Her current research surrounds responsiveness to shifting territories, decolonial methodologies, caregiving, gardens, slowness, margins, alternative utilities, Indigenous Futurisms, and the transformative potentials of found and ritual materials. She is a Visual Studies Lecturer at the University of Toronto and currently lives with her partner and three children in Niagara on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Chonnonton, and Anishnaabeg.

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