Revelations: Artist Talks
In Post-Secondary Schools
Rendezvous with Madness has presented films and discussion to youth audiences as part of its dedicated Youth Program since 2001. In 2009 Workman Arts created the Rendezvous in the Classroom program, taking issues of mental health and addiction into secondary schools across the GTA presenting films and panel discussions. This year, Workman Arts is expanding the program’s format, content and audience through Revelations a pilot project designed for presentation to post-secondary students.
Revelations provides an insightful snapshot of the careers of artists living with mental illness and addiction experience. Individual artists working in various disciplines present their work and discuss their creative processes and successes in the context of their experiences in working with Workman Arts and their struggles with mental illness and addiction. This program is designed to run about an hour and a half in total and includes an overview of the company mission, history, current productions, and two to four individual 15-minute artist talks/presentations followed by a 15-20 minute question and discussion period.
OVERVIEW OF WORKMAN ARTS
Chris Mitchell – Visual Arts Manager, Workman Arts
Chris Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and has over twenty years of experience in senior lead creative and marketing positions in the private sector. As Director of Exhibitions she developed and implemented the visual arts strategy and business plan for the Gladstone Hotel’s non-traditional gallery and studio spaces (2004-2009). Chris has a portfolio of over thirty curatorial credits including independent projects for Toronto’s CONTACT Photography Festival and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
Jaene Castrillon is a multidisciplinary artist who utilizes her art practice to show the brilliance and the heart-break of living a life less ordinary. Through performance art, dance, poetry, film making and activism she creates an environment for further dialogue between ideas of wellness and illness.
Michael Mills is active as an exhibitor, juror, curator and lecturer in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has exhibited his artwork at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at the Ontario Provincial Legislature, Frederick Horseman Varley Gallery of Markham, J.B. Aird Gallery in Toronto, and Sty Wet San Native Long House in Vancouver, among other venues. He is past-president of the Ontario Society of Artists and has spoken widely on art criticism, lecturing at the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of British Columbia and Wilfrid Laurier University. Korper-Landschaften, the Munich exhibition of his work received critical acclaim in Suddeutsche Zeitung. studiomills.com
Annette Seip turned her talents to photography and digital art, after many years in the field of science, graduating with an MSc from McMaster. Her award winning photography studies the relationship between order and chaos, isolation and connectedness, light and darkness. She has exhibited in juried and solo art shows in Mississauga and Toronto, including Visual Arts Mississauga, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and CONTACT Photography Festival, and Touched by Fire. R.M. Vaughan described Annette’s “Ice Diamond” in the Globe and Mail as …” a photograph so dappled with liquid light, it could be mistaken for a Mary Pratt painting.” www.aseipphotography.com
Lisa Walter is a multi-faceted artist, educator, and journalist who lives and works in Toronto. Her first full-length play, Difference of Latitude, was published in an anthology by Canadian Playwrights Press in 2005. She has been exhibiting her visual art since 2010, including two works for Nuit Blanche, and participated as a visual and media artist with Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in 2010 and 2011. The Globe and Mail has described her work as “delicate and unsparing.” Lisa is the 2012- 2013 Visual Artist in Residence at Workman Arts.