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DMG regularly offers education & outreach programming to enhance and provide further interpretation of our exhibition content; provide opportunity for community engagement; and create space for critical dialogue on diverse topics.

Everyone is welcome! All programming is free and take place in the gallery (unless otherwise noted.)


January 13 & January 27/28
Ceramics Barrel Firing Workshop with Pierre Aupilardjuk & Shary Boyle

U of T Scarborough & Fool's Paradise
$250 including materials, shuttle bus & food ($150 for U of T Scarborough students)
Space is limited, spots were assigned by lottery on Friday, December 22 and the workshop is now full. To be added to the waitlist, see: barrel-firing-workshop.eventbrite.ca

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). All materials will be provided. Participants must be over the age of 16.

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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.

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings


Thursday, January 18
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Shary Boyle
1 - 2 pm
BV340, Bladen Wing, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Shary Boyle 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.

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings


Wednesday, January 24
Earthlings Catalogue Launch
6 - 8 pm
shopAGO at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
Organized by Esker Foundation in partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery

Join us to celebrate the launch of the beautiful Earthlings publication, with artists Pierre Aupilardjuk and Shary Boyle in attendance! Elegantly designed in large-format with over eighty colour illustrations, the publication includes texts in Inuktitut, French and English by Shary Boyle, Heather Igloliorte, Naomi Potter, and Shauna Thompson and is co-published by Esker Foundation, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Galerie de l’UQAM, and Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings


Saturday, January 27
Exhibition Tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk
12 - 12:30 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul Street) at 11 am, first come, first served

We’re marking the last day of Earthlings with a casual exhibition tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk — he will speak to his work and the collaborative process that runs through so much of the exhibition. Get on the bus and don’t miss this remarkable show!

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings