The 12th annual juried art exhibition Being Scene, produced by Workman Arts for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, launches May 30th with a grand opening reception at The University of Toronto’s Hart House http://www.harthouse.utoronto.ca/
This is one of the most incredible art exhibitions in the city, combining multiple disciplines with multiple personalities. The celebration gets underway at 6:00 p.m. The show, featuring works representing dozens of artists who have lived experience with mental illness and addiction, will run until July 29th. All are invited and it’s not to be missed!
ABOUT BEING SCENE
BEING SCENE is an annual juried exhibition produced by Workman Arts for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. For over a decade, as part of its mandate, BEING SCENE has successfully introduced the general public to the work of thousands of artists who have lived experience with mental illness and addiction, 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.
Since its inception in 2000, 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.
Workman Arts (WA) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/ exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations. As well, WA promotes a greater public understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media.
Among its many projects, WA produces the annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival and Being Scene Annual Juried Art Show. WA provides training programs in Theatre, Film, Visual Arts, Literary Arts and Music on a year round basis to its 250 member artists. The company regularly produces theatre productions that are presented locally, nationally and internationally. Productions include Edward the “Crazy Man” and “Third Eye Looming”.
Grand Opening Reception
University of Toronto: Hart House 7 Hart House Circle
Main entrance – first floor