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The DMG works with partners in the Scarborough community to develop and present projects that provide access to meaningful professional development opportunities for young or emerging artists and arts professionals within the Scarborough community, encouraging investment in the arts community outside of the downtown Toronto core.

Past Events

Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence Program
September 2018 - April 2019
Presented through a collaboration between the DMG, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto 7th Generation Image Makers Program, and Studio program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media at U of T Scarborough

We welcomed Animikii Maakaai-Hollingsworth and Miranda Whiteloon to the U of T Scarborough campus this year, through a new Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence program. The residency, which runs the academic year 2018-2019 offers work space, a stipend, and access to campus resources, including course audits, culminating in a presentation or exhibition.

Y+ Contemporary Youth Residency Exhibition
July 7 - August 12, 2018
Co-presented by the DMG and Y+ Contemporary
INTERCONNECT is a Cultural Hotspot SPARK project in partnership with the City of Toronto

Works by Spencer Julien & Xavi Meza-Wong

INTERCONNECT features works by participants in the youth residency program at Y+ contemporary, a local artist-run centre founded by four University of Toronto Scarborough alumni. The residency, now in its third year, provides opportunity for youth to work in parallel with emerging artist mentors. Participants learn new techniques, how to develop a body of work, and the process of preparing for, and mounting, an exhibition.

This year's residency (May 20 – June 23, 2018) focused on interdisciplinary sculpture and was
facilitated by artist collective Y+. Comprised of Danièle Dennis, Daniel Griffin Hunt, Dorica Manuel, and Tiffany Schofield, the collaborative artistic and curatorial work of Y+ is centred on community-building, with a focus on emerging practices and suburban spaces.

Here on Turtle's Back
7th Generation Image Makers
May 25 - June 30, 2018
Co-presented by the DMG and 7th Generation Image Makers, a program of Native Child & Family Services

Works by Renae Denedchezhe, Animikiikotcii Hollingsworth-Maakaai, Lucia Laford, Jennifer Messon, Alesha Solomon, Miranda Whiteloon, Deshaun Whyte

The moon regulates various cycles here on earth, and Indigenous people have followed these cycles in the form of a lunar calendar for centuries. While there are variations on the teachings and names of each moon, the common-thread follows thirteen moons per year each carrying different teachings within them. This calendar can be identified by observing the shell of the turtles back; connecting the lunar calendar to various creation stories of North America existing on the back of a turtle.

This exhibition in the DMG vitrines features work created by seven Indigenous artists from the Here on Turtle’s Back project, a year-long program facilitated through 7th Generation Image Makers, a program of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. By integrating this lunar calendar into the program, participants have been exposed to a variety of cultural teachings pertaining to each of the moons. This is done through monthly workshops with an artist, facilitator, or elder where stories and teachings of that particular cycle are shared in the format of a workshop or presentation. Participants learn about that particular moon and respond visually to the teachings through traditional making. This program began in September of 2017 and will conclude in August of 2018 with a calendar publication and celebration.

Workshop Facilitators: Craig Campbell, Pat Green, Kelly Hashemi, Clayton King, Liliana Martins, Denise McLeod, Joanna Shawana, Joni Shawana, Catherine Tammaro

Past Events

Dialogues+ at Y+ Contemporary

The DMG partnered with Y+ contemporary, a newly established artist-run centre in Scarborough, founded by four University of Toronto Scarborough grads, to support their programming, with a focus on the series Dialogues+. This multi-faceted project brings together three peer mentorship programs: a Youth Residency, CRITS + CHILL, and new Writing Mentorship program. These programs, all offered for free, provide access to meaningful professional development opportunities for young artists and arts professionals within the Scarborough community, encouraging investment in the arts community outside of the downtown Toronto core. Dialogues+ serves as a way to address a gap in arts education, establishing mentorship opportunities that allow for knowledge share that both participants and facilitators can benefit from. High school students without access to emerging professional artists who can act as a model will be able to gain key insight through the Youth Residency program. CRITS + CHILL came to fruition through the lack of group critique/feedback for artists out of school or without formal education in the field. And finally, the Writer-in-residence program was created due to the ongoing lack of opportunities for development/support for emerging undergraduate writers.

The DMG also supported two Y+ Contemporary exhibition or programming projects through this partnership, both linked to U of T Scarborough through research or site.


DMG's exhibiting artist Heather Hart participated as guest critic for the January session of Y+ contemporary's CRITS & CHILL, a monthly group critique night for practicing artists in the Scarborough community and beyond.

OFF-CANVAS Youth Residency

The residency, now in its second year, provides opportunity for youth to work in parallel with an emerging artist mentor – this year, Timothy Yanick Hunter – learning new techniques, how to develop a body of work, and the process of preparing for and mounting an exhibition.

The DMG exhibited work from this year’s residency in the vitrines from April to June 2017, and held a public reception celebrating the project in May 2017.

REPLY ALL Writing Mentorship

Emerging and student writers from all disciplines worked with mentor Philip Monk, Director/ Curator at the Art Gallery of York University, to produce a text that responds to issues surrounding Y+ programming. As part of the Y+/DMG partnership, one position was prioritized for a UTSC student.

Exhibition support for Shellie Zhang: Accent

Shellie Zhang’s solo exhibition ‘Accent’ looks at the ethnic and racial coding of food and its impact on the politics of Chinese-Canadian cultural exchange. Much of the research for the exhibition was drawn from U of T Scarborough’s Harley J. Spiller Collection, which comprises some 10,000 menus, business cards, restaurant matchbooks, and a variety of objects related to Chinese cookery -- some menus from the collection are featured in the exhibition.

Programming support for Paul Chartrand: Tent Trailer Tree Theatre (Can’t See the Forest for the Trees)

In the Y+ gallery space, Paul Chartrand built a mobile tree farm from an old soft top tent trailer as a direct conceptual link to outdoor recreation and consumption of “wilderness” for his exhibition Tent Trailer Tree Theatre. On the final day of the exhibition, Y+ partnered with the DMG and U of T Scarborough Office of Sustainability for a public artist talk, followed by a participatory tree-planting session on campus.

Past Events

Bullets to Butterflies
Work by Huma Durrani, Unaiza Karim and Saba Syed
September 16 - 20, 2013
Gallery 1265, U of T Scarborough

Combining traditional and contemporary art approaches, the artists respond to the story of education activist Malala Yousafzai, addressing issues of literacy and gender equality.