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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.)

Sunday, September 24
Art Walk & Talk
Guided Walk of Guild Park & Gardens
2 - 3:30 pm
201 Guildwood Parkway
Artist Talk by Duorama at the DMG 4:15 pm
Free shuttle buses between the DMG and Guild Park, see complete schedule below. Space limited, first come, first served.

Join us to learn more about the fascinating history of Guild Park & Gardens and its connection to the DMG's exhibition Unsettling! This program begins at Guild Park with a guided tour led by curator Bojana Videkanic and John Mason of Friends of Guild Park. The tour will focus on the site's public art and unique architectural features, and its role in the development of Unsettling. Following the tour, participants can take a shuttle bus to the Doris McCarthy Gallery, where exhibiting artists Duorama will deliver a talk.

The walk at Guild Park will go forward rain or shine. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather.


1:30 pm -- Pick up at U of T Scarborough (Scarborough Circle, pick up/drop off loop), depart to Guild Park
3:45 pm -- Pick up at Guild Park, depart to U of T Scarborough (Doris McCarthy Gallery)
5 pm -- Pick up at U of T Scarborough, depart to Guild Park

Participants may join the shuttle bus at either location.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Tuesday, September 26
Jumblies Theatre Talking Treaties audio gallery
10 am - 4 pm
Co-presented by the DMG, Department of Sociology and ARTSIDEOUT

The Talking Treaties audio gallery is a series of listening stations featuring interviews with artists and academics in response to treaty-related questions, reworked into thematic audio works by artists LAL (Rosina Kazi and Nic Murray), Adrienne Marcus Raja, Alaska B and Ange Loft. The works, which each run about five minutes, explore issues around Toronto land and Indigenous history, acknowledgment, urban treaty and underhanded treaty processes. Accompanying the gallery is a self-directed response activity, inviting listeners to create found poems from interview transcripts. All are welcome to participate, drop in at any point during the day!

The audio gallery is a component of the larger Talking Treaties project, developed by Jumblies Theatre. This durational, participatory multi-arts project artfully shares local Indigenous knowledge and awareness. Talking Treaties furthers Jumblies’ community-engaged initiative to learn and express Toronto’s still little-known Indigenous history.

Please note: the guided walk portion of this program, previously promoted, has been cancelled -- we apologize for any inconvenience.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Tuesday, September 26
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Chih-Chien Wang
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Admin Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Chih-Chien Wang is a Taiwanese-born, Montreal-based artist whose practice is dedicated to a process of approaching individual perceptions of reality through consideration of the construction of language, meaning, identity, memory and emotion, and examination of the exercise of art making. His work uses photography, video, objects or texts, at times integrating performance and sound. Wang’s recent solo exhibitions could be seen at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2016) the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2015), the Darling Foundry in Montreal (2015), Expression in Saint-Hyacinthe (2014), the Musée régional de Rimouski (2013) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2012), and he has been included in group exhibitions, including the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, The Quebec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montreal, Zenith Gallery in Beijing, Aperture in New York, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne Switzerland.

Thursday, September 28
Crossing Scarborough: Nation, Migration & Place-Making between the TRC and the 150
9 am - 4 pm
IC318, Instructional Centre, U of T Scarborough
Convened by Professors Paloma Villegas and Patricia Landolt (Department of Sociology) and presented in partnership with the DMG
Space limited. To register, see EVENTBRITE.

This public workshop brings together scholars in the fields of transnational migration, the law and Indigeneity to develop an agenda of education for reconciliation focused on questions of migration, im/mobility and belonging.

9:30 - 11 am
Crossing Scarborough: Unsettling Place and Temporalities
Focusing on Scarborough, the first panel examines the region’s layered history of crossings, migrations, and settlements. Chaired by Elaine Coburn with presentations by Victoria Freeman, Joe Hermer and Ranu Banu.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Rights and the Law
This panel explores the mobilization of the notion of noncitizenship across Indigenous, migrant and racialized communities. Chaired by Cynthia Wright with presentations by Amar Bhatia and Adrian Smith.

12:15 - 2 pm
Lunch and visit to the Doris McCarthy Gallery

2 - 3 pm
Media and the Arts
This panel explores the role of artistic/visual/media expressions in understanding the links between settler colonialism, migrations and belonging. Chaired by T.L. Cowen with presentations by Suzanne Methot and Bojana Videkanic.


Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Saturday, October 7
Scarborough Mycological Foray
11 am - 2 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 10 am, returning at 2 pm, first come, first served

This informal, family-friendly mushroom-gathering foray in the Highland Creek Ravine at the University of Toronto Scarborough will provide opportunity for participants to collect and study wild mushrooms and enjoy nature.

The walk will begin from the Doris McCarthy Gallery promptly at 11 am and will go forward rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch — light snacks and refreshments will also be provided.

Please dress for the weather, wearing good walking shoes and pants you can tuck socks into (for avoiding scratches/insect bites if going off path). It's recommended that you bring a basket in which to collect the mushrooms, and a folding pocket knife to cut them. Additional recommendations can be found on the website of the Mycological Society of Toronto.

This program is part of Outdoor School, an ongoing series of artistic and educational activities by Diane Borsato, Amish Morrell and various community collaborators.

Sunday, October 15
Fool's Paradise Guided Tour
2 - 4 pm
Co-presented by the DMG and Ontario Heritage Trust
Space limited. To RSVP, see EVENTBRITE.

Join us for a guided tour of Fool's Paradise, the former home and studio of Doris McCarthy. Explore the artist's studio, high vaulted living room, and picturesque views of of the Scarborough Bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario while learning about the artist's life as an artist, writer and educator. Doris McCarthy inspired refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 17
My City My Six: home/place Public Reception
6 - 8 pm
Co-presented by the DMG and Scarborough Arts

home/place is an exhibition of twelve stories written by Scarborough residents presented alongside artwork from the University of Toronto Scarborough Collection. The composition of stories presents diverse narratives of Canadians, whether Indigenous or immigrant, first, second, third generation and beyond.

My City My Six is a public art project revealing Toronto and its residents in acknowledgement of Canada 150, six words at a time. From January through May 2017, the My City My Six project asked Torontonians of all ages and backgrounds to share something essential about themselves in six words. This project is led by Toronto Arts and Culture in collaboration with the city's six local arts service organizations (Arts Etobicoke, East End Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts and UrbanArts). For more information and a listing of additional My City My Six exhibitions please visit SCARBOROUGH ARTS WEBSITE.

Thursday, October 19
Strain to Absorb
Pigment Workshop
with Lisa Myers and Shored Up Collective
10 am - 1 pm
Space limited. To register, see EVENTBRITE.

This free workshop will explore the pigments in plants and fruit from areas around Scarborough that have oral and/or written Indigenous histories -- histories often not as widely known. Using these colours, participants will create inks for printmaking and painting. No previous experience necessary, all materials will be supplied.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Sunday, October 22
Free Contemporary Art Bus Tour
12 - 5 pm
Space limited. RSVP to scarte@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext. 44021.

Tour starts at Koffler Gallery (180 Shaw Street) at 12 noon and departs for Art Gallery of York University, Varley Art Gallery and DMG. Guided tours or talks will be offered at each venue.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Sunday, October 22
Artist Talk by Duorama
3:45 pm

Artist team Duorama (Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson) will deliver a talk about their work in Unsettling. Please note the exact timing of the talk is dependant on the arrival of the bus tour. All are welcome!

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Tuesday, October 31
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Rachel MacFarlane
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Admin Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Rachel MacFarlane is an artist who works primarily in painting, collage, and digital animation. Her work responds to issues of place, simulation and memory. She has an MFA from Rutgers University, a BFA, from OCAD University, and a Certificate of Advanced Visual Studies from OCAD Florence program. Solo exhibitions have been presented at Mason Gross Gallery, NJ, Nicholas Metivier Gallery,Toronto, the Howard Park Institute, Toronto, and Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax. She participated in group exhibitions in NYC, San Francisco, Florence, Quebec City, Halifax, Toronto, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Her work is included in the collections of the Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, The Donovan Collection at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto & numerous private collections.  She is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto and Jarvis Hall Gallery in Calgary.