10:00 AM10:00

Art + Auto-fiction


Acclaimed novelist, Francisco Goldman will conduct a one-day workshop regarding autobiography and fiction. Mr. Goldman has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and an American Academy in Berlin Fellow. His recent novel about his wife's death and their relationship, Say Her Name was acclaimed by critics. His book about the assassination of Guatemalan Catholic Bishop Juan José Gerardo Conedera, The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?, was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book, and a Best Book of the Year 2007 by Washington Post Book World, The Economist, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Daily News. 

This workshop will be held on September 28, 2017 with limited spot available. Sign up now.

View Event →
to May 21

Art & Collectivity

Our third ICE Immersion series will be conducted by writer and professor Eva-Lynn Jagoe and Public Studio artists and founders: filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky.

Art and Collectivity is a multidisciplinary workshop that seeks to engage in artistic praxis around questions of social justice, environment, and political ideologies. Visual artists, activists, writers, city dwellers, and social media users are all invited to participate in this 4-day workshop in which we will share our ideas and practices of living in this moment and this landscape. On our last day, the group will decide on the best way to display the work produced (a publication, a show, a collective action, etc...).

How can we rethink our own capacities, not as individuals, but as potential members of a collectivity, to create, contribute, and collaborate with each other? Participants will draw from their particular areas of expertise or interest to contribute to the group, but will also be pushed to think beyond their own disciplinary boundaries. This workshop is not about individual self-expression, but about solidarity, about collective power and collective artistic expression. 

Sign up here.

Eva-Lynn Jagoe is a professor of Comparative Literature in Toronto. She is the author of two books: a creative non-fiction memoir, Take Her, She's Yours, and an academic monograph entitled The End of the World as They Knew It: Writing Experiences of the Argentine South. She writes essays and articles about attention, intimacy, motherhood, film, literature, and visual art. Eva-Lynn teaches classes at University of Toronto on experimental writing, Latin American Cinema, and collectivity. She’s also the co-organizer of an artist residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. On the side, she is an Iyengar yoga instructor.

Elle Flanders completed her PhD at York University’s newly created practice-based research visual arts program in 2014 and has mentored with some of the art world’s most notable artists, including Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler, at the Whitney ISP and Rutgers University, respectively. Flanders has a strong history of community engagement and has created award-winning films and installations. Her longstanding interest in the socio-political realm and how it relates to landscape have led her, in collaboration with Sawatzky, to produce site-specific public art installations that are immersive and re-examine the role of audience as participant/witness.

Tamira Sawatzky is an architect by training, having worked for the firm MJMA in Toronto from 1999–2010, designing large-scale, award-winning, community-based projects. Sawatzky began a collaborative art practice with Elle Flanders in 2009, bringing a spatial focus that contributes to the development of immersive installations and multifaceted exhibitions. Sawatzky’s architectural background lends itself to an emphasis on the structural, provoking a conversation between art and architecture and the politics of landscape and place. Since forming Public Studio, Sawatzky and Flanders have garnered critical attention, winning several public art commissions and awards, including the 2013 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Award. A publication about their work is slated to be published by Black Dog Press in 2018.

Sign up now.

View Event →
to Feb 25

ICE Series No. 2 Full Immersion Workshop

Our second ICE immersion series will explore annulment as a tool to explore the creative process in art. Gustavo Artigas (1970) will conduct a three day immersion experience, focused on the suppression of elemental works of art to rediscover expression possibilities, as well as a way to challenge contemporary art mechanisms. Artigas’ work has examined complex social relationships by presenting situations, often rooted in disaster, which are structured as interventions, scenarios, interactive situations and games. His works have been shown in international forums such as the Venice Art Biennale, Havana Bienniale and Liverpool Bienniale. By suppressing elements of different works and reorganizing them in a particular manner, participants will unveil the works of art themselves. Like Rauschenberg did with de Kooning in 1953, the group will erase –in a sense- and reconstruct pieces of art to suppress its basic meaning and encounter new significance. Salvador Alanis (1964) is a writer, and one of the founders of the Institute for Creative Exchange.

Sign up now

View Event →
to Jan 22

ICE Series No. 1 Full Immersion Workshop

Mario Bellatin, Susan Antebi and Daniel Canty will lead a five-day immersion workshop to exchange ideas and collaborate on authorial projects. 

Workshop will take place at 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON. 

The program contemplates five full immersion days as follows:

Starting December 12, participants will receive workshop materials; ICE staff and workshop facilitators will be available to answer questions or further comments via email.

Wednesday, January 18, from 3pm to 7pm.

Thursday to Saturday, January 19 to 21, from 10am to 7pm

Sunday, January 22, from 11am to 1pm.

View Event →