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Produced by Workman Arts for CAMH

OPENING RECEPTION | Thursday September 17th | 5 – 8pm

September 16 – October 15, 2015  | 12 – 5pm Daily

BEING SCENE is an annual juried exhibition produced by Workman Arts for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and 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.

Over the past fifteen years, 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, 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.

2015 Jurors: Steven Lewis, David Liss, Adelina Vlas

About Workman Arts

For over twenty-five years, Workman Arts has empowered aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art practice through multifaceted arts training programs and public performance/exhibition opportunities in five disciplines: music, theatre, visual, literary and media arts. Sustaining excellence in programming, research, and partnering with other arts organizations, Workman Arts has entertained audiences and challenged perceptions about mental illness and addiction through presentation and discussion of diverse and thought provoking programs.

Workman Arts is a proud partner with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Being Scene, Workman Arts member Catherine Jones conducted audio interviews with 27 artists regarding their artworks selected for this exhibition and their arts practices. Listen to all 27 interviews by visiting

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Join us on for the Opening Reception on Sept. 17th 7-9pm


Other dates to save the date:

Oct 3 – Nuit Blanche Performance Art w/t Irene Loughlin + Fado Performance Art Centre

Oct 10 – World Mental Health Day special tour/talk (times TBD)