Workman Arts is pleased to present the 13th Annual BEING SCENE Juried Exhibition featuring an exhilarating showcase of 54 new works by 31 artists as selected by a distinguished jury including Sarah Milroy (a Toronto-based art critic and writer, and regular contributor to The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art, Border Crossings and Walrus), Noa Bronstein (director of exhibitions at Gladstone Hotel) and long-time Workman Arts’ member and former artist-in-residence, Jan Swinburne.
BEING SCENE is an annual juried exhibition produced by Workman Arts for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. Since its inception in 2000, BEING SCENE has successfully introduced the work of hundreds of artists who have lived experience with mental illness and addiction issues, presenting a cross-cultural portrait of the healing power of art in order to build a more respectful and realistic understanding of those recovering from mental illness and addiction.
BEING SCENE has partnered with some of the city’s leading artistic and cultural figures. Among those who have been instrumental in helping BEING SCENE grow into its incredible success are the late artist and educator Lupe Rodriguez, Gillian McIntyre of the AGO, Mary Sue Rankin of the Edward Day Gallery, David Liss of MOCCA and Anna Hudson of Canadian Art. As a result, BEING SCENE has evolved to occupy a significant role in Toronto’s cultural landscape, and work originally exhibited primarily on CAMH grounds has gone on to hang at other venues such as the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park in Toronto, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Image: The Red Shoes (3) 2012, by Catherine Jones