Archive: 2021 Creatives in Residence

In 2020, we launched our Creatives in Residence series and we’re thrilled to announce the second lineup of residents for 2021. These programs let people in on the artistic process, as we highlighted and shared the work of creatives from across the province. From foraging walks to protest poster workshops, these programs encouraged participants to learn and create by doing.

The pandemic has impacted our cultural landscape in a number of complex ways and our 2021 programs were linked by a shared sense of resilience and resourcefulness in times of precarity. These creatives were engaging with ideas of claiming space and holding ground, and much of the work was rooted in questions of community care and caring for oneself, connections to (and histories of) land, food sovereignty and security, and migration.

Laura Roja

Solidarity Through Design
Oct 21st & Oct 23rd, Toronto

Kanika Gupta and Amit Kehar

Discarded Treaures In-Person Workshop
Sunday October 3rd, 2021
SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas St, Ottawa

Artist talk – Instagram LIVE
Monday November 15th, 7:30pm

Claire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio

A Group Exhibition in Prince Edward County By Alchemy Artist Residency

September 26, 2021 – October 24, 2021
Hillier, Prince Edward County

Tamara Green

Pruning Nature – Foraging walk & outdoor food tasting

Scugog Island Crown Lands
October 2nd, 2021 from 1 – 4 pm

Hiba Abdallah

Letters to Eatonville Library – Book Launch & Online Artist Talk

Ontario Culture Days @ the Library
Online via Toronto Public Library’s Crowdcast platform.
October 12, 2021 at 6:30pm

Ontario Culture Days @ The Library

As part of an ongoing partnership with Toronto Public Library, ON Culture Days @ the Library brought artistic programming directly into local neighbourhoods by programming library spaces throughout the festival. The program has recently expanded to include digital engagement pieces including blogs, live streams, videos and activities, supporting new ways to participate and engage with our featured artists.

Diana Nazareth

The Artful Me Selfie Photo Project – Photography workshop

Outdoor in-person workshop
401 Richmond St, Toronto
Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at 11am

Online workshop
Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at 11am

Meghan Cheng

Caring Connections: From My Heart to Yours – Outdoor collaborative collage

Outdoor in-person event
Ontario Culture Days @ the Library
David Crombie Park, 131 The Esplanade, Toronto
September 24, 25 & 26, 2021; 3-5 pm each day

STEPS and Lindsay Lickers

Contributing to the Bundle: Restoration of Relationship – Outdoor community bead-in

Outdoor in-person event
Ontario Culture Days @ the Library
Rowntree Mills Park and Albion branch, Toronto
Saturday October 2 2021, 10:30am-3:30pm

Online artist talk:
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30pm

Special Programming

Tanya Lukin Linklater and Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane

Conversation – Moderated by Clare Butcher

Online event
Friday October 22nd 2021 at 6pm

Fanny Martin

FLeX: Collaboration Informational Presentation

Presentation – Work in Culture
Online event
Tuesday October 19 2021 at 12:00pm

Dave Dyment and Don McKellar

Toronto in “Last Night”

Watch party and discussion – Dave Dyment in conversation with filmmaker Don McKellar
Online event – Wednesday October 20 2021 at 7:00pm


Ontario Culture Days acknowledges and is grateful for the support it receives. Our supporters include: Chicago Title Insurance Company Canada, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), Pattison Outdoor, and Star Metroland Media. Supporters also include: Toronto Arts Council, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.