The Artists’ Broadsheet is a scrolling artifact: a living document that captures this moment in the arts community as shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, decades of underfunding, and chasmic inequities.

The form of a grocery store coupon broadsheet is intended to play with the absurdity of taking what artists and cultural workers offer to society and confining it to a standardized, narrowly-defined box. The Artists’ Broadsheet is a collaborative push-back against ingrained boundaries and a call for connection, conversation, and change.

We seek to jointly imagine a post-pandemic world where the arts and culture sector can flourish as we emerge from this pandemic and prepare for whatever future pandemics are to come.
This project was funded by:
The University of Toronto Student Engagement Award


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Sustainable pARTnerships: Collaboration and reciprocity in creative cities

This arts-based participatory research project adopts a multifaceted approach to engage with the question, how do we support artists in a precarious sector? Digital and vinyl banner coupons contain and release multimedia creations of thriving realities for cultural workers, as imagined by five commissioned artist-collaborators (Aitak Sorahitalab, Linh S. Nguyễn, Maryam Hafizirad, Olivia Shortt, and Dent). A traveling exhibition shares these imaginings with the community. Workshops with artist-collaborators, cultural designers, and stakeholders crystallize pathways toward sustainable relationships between the cultural and academic sectors. Encapsulated within a digital flipbook and policy report, findings generated through this artist-centered initiative heighten the call for connection, conversation, and change.


This project was funded by:





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Geist

A multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Blending Music, Photography, Graphic Design, etc, Geist forms a pocket dimension where all facets of the human experience can be deconstructed, often times remixed into new media.

For More:@d3nt__

#002  


Alex Mahesvaran

Martina Mahesvaran or also known as Alex Mahesvaran is a first-generation Tamil Canadian multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker. She completed her education in BFA Cinema Media arts in Toronto. She is currently working towards establishing herself as a filmmaker and artist as she ventures into various forms of art through the creation of writing, filmmaking and fine art, and digital illustrations.

Alex identifies her artistic style and practice as a method to start the conversation.  She uses her personal experiences and natural environments, and emotions to engage and question societal norms and refocus on the simpler things in life. Some of her specific works are a reflection of the Tamil language, traditions, culture, and environments through the lens of a diasporic child.


For More:

@lex.mahes

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Vinutha Vasanthi Venkatesh
(Tamil Archive Project)

I am a Thamizh-Indian interdisciplinary sculpture artist currently pursuing a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. I love learning new things and staying educated by understanding different perspectives. I am a writer, rookie translator, and language enthusiast. My recent research endeavors have led me to take interest in Brown history and ancient Tamil and Indian literature. I view my vast art practice as a record of myself and my knowledge as well as a way to effectively address the westernization and extinction of language and culture. I am an aspiring activist with a long list of things to say about all the inequalities in this world. I am a feminist and firm believer of equality. To make me happy all you have to do is buy me ice cream, show me pictures of the sky, play me a 90s/2k Tamil song, or talk to me in Tamil.


For More:
@thaanuvi
Vinutha’s Portfolio

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Emily Dowdeswell

Emily is a doctoral student at the Open University, an English university established in 1969 by Royal Charter with the aim to give anyone, anywhere the power to learn. Quoting the OU’s Vice-Chancellor, being Open is a practical commitment to the enrichment of learning through the diversity of experience among the study body and to an education that is life transforming. Emily is working with the RUMPUS research group to explore the role of fun in learning. She collaborates regularly with arts and well-being charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination to celebrate how creative learning with children can happen everywhere from grand museums to the cracks between pavements, from city parks to scruffy hedgerows, from recycling centres to cramped classrooms. Their most recent project, in collaboration with fellow PhD student Gabby Arenge, maps ‘spaces for liberated learning’ to advocate and campaign for children’s and communities’ creative rights.

For More:
@intracommons
Emily.dowdeswell@open.ac.uk

Rumpus Research Group
A Call for Spaces of Liberated Learning

#005 


Pink Pound

Pink Pound (aka Andrew Milk) is a sound, performance and visual artist based in Glasgow, UK. Making and cultivating undeniably queer culture is at the heart of their practice.

For More:
Pinkpoundsound@gmail.com
@pinkpoundsound
Pinkpound.bandcamp.com

#006   


jasonli, beansandbun
& respectfulchild

Artist friends brought together by the pandemic.
One day we shall meet by the kiddie pool.


For More:

@byjasonli
@beansandbun
@respectfulchild

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Nura Jahanpour

Aspiring researcher, educator, multimedia artist, and musician. I work as an educational consultant at a wonderful International School (Brilliant Stars) whilst also conducting my PhD at the University of Cambridge focusing on the insights into the construction and influences of parent’s child rearing values. I love to learn and take on challenges with joy!


For More:

Nura@jahanpour.com
Nj310@cam.ac.uk
@nurajhn

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Linh S. Nguyn

Linh S. Nguyễn is a children’s author and arts-based workshop facilitator. Her debut novel, NO PLACE LIKE HOME (HarperCollins Canada) is available everywhere books are sold as of March 14, 2023. It explores themes of home and diaspora with a fantasy twist, based on her heritage as a Vietnamese immigrant to T’karonto. Her short stories and personal essays have been nationally recognized and featured in publications across Turtle Island, including Living Hyphen and The Ampersand Review.

Linh recently graduated from her Master of Philosophy in Arts, Creativity and Education at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis focused on decolonial methodologies, feminist pedagogies, and new materialist theories to foreground non-western ways of knowing and being. Linh completed her HBA in 2017 at the University of Toronto in English, Writing & Rhetoric, and Creative Expression & Society and currently works part-time with Indigenous Services Canada as a Policy Analyst in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. She is interested in merging academic and creative work to challenge institutional norms and feature practice-as-research.


For More:

www.linhsnguyen.com
IG: @linh.s.nguyen
TW: @linhsnguyen
FB: @linhwrites

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Aitak Sorabitalab

Aitak Sorahitalab is a contemporary ceramic and mural artist, an art educator, and also a public art researcher.

Her sculptures and installations narrate societal and political challenges drawn from personal and collective incidents and observations. Using background knowledge, Aitak incorporates elements of Iranian and Mesopotamian epics, artifacts, and motifs as part of her practice through creating surrealist figurines and compositions. Aesthetic discourse holds the same level of significance in her work as do the methods being used and the process that is undergoing.

Aitak has more than two decades of experience in art education, specifically in ceramics. She worked with art organizations and institutes such as Gardiner Museum, Good Sheppard Creative Studio, ArtStarts, etc, to teach art to diverse audiences.

Her murals can be seen in Toronto, North York, and East Gwillimbury, where she collaborated with the city of Toronto and various organizations such as WomxnPaint, Bell Box Project, StART, and York Region Art Council.

As a doctoral candidate at York University's Environmental and Urban Change, Aitak is investigating the position of public art in contemporary culture and its connection to the right to freedom of expression for artists and creatives.


For More:

www.aitak.ca