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TOOLBOX is a two-part event including a tradeshow and public lecture.

TOOLBOX Tradeshow

4th annual celebration of studio education

Thursday November 7, 2013

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Great Hall and Main Lobby

Free Admission!

TOOLBOX Tradeshow PosterOrganized in the style of an industry tradeshow, TOOLBOX Tradeshow is an open house event designed to celebrate fabrication and studio-based education. We've invited vendors, suppliers and friends of the shops and studios to participate by setting up booths to promote their products and services. This event is a valuable opportunity for knowledge and resource exchange with a large audience of OCAD U students, staff, faculty, alumni, as well as members of Toronto’s art and design community. There will also be giveaways, door prizes and ongoing demonstrations in the lobby by our studio technicians, including technicians from the Printmaking Studios, Fabrication Studios, and Material Art & Design Studios. Come visit the Great Hall to learn more about studio resources and equipment available to you!  

Studio Technician Demonstration Schedule

Vendors confirmed for TOOLBOX 2013 (more to come!):

Aboveground Art Supplies

Artist Health Alliance

Henry's Canada

Heritage Safety

Pulchra Gemma



Akin Collective

The Japanese Paper Place

Atlas Machinery Supply Ltd.


Cimetrix Solutions

If you are a vendor interested in participating, please contact Kim Armstrong Ext. 362 or Emily Gowan Ext. 2268 for more information.


Safe Studio Practices for Students & Graduates: Talk by Monona Rossol

Thursday November 7, 2013

5 to 7 p.m.

Central Hall (Room 230)

Open to public!

TOOLBOX Lecture will feature a presentation by Monona Rossol. Many young artists and designers learn their skills and craft within an institutional context, where safety is managed by professionals, and significant resources are dedicated to establishing and maintaining the safest possible work environments. However, upon graduating from these institutions, they often must continue to work without these resources. Many young graduates end up setting up their own studios, either individually or collectively, but almost always on a strict budget. Many will work in their own homes   or live in their workplaces. Even though they have received training and education in safe work practices, financial exigencies often trump caution.

TOOLBOX Talk PosterMs. Rossol will deliver a talk aimed at students and graduates making the transition from an institutional setting to a developing professional one. Given limited resources and the pressure of establishing independent practices, Ms. Rossol will identify essential safety issues that new artists and designers should be concerned with for their continued health and sustainability of practice. This will be an exciting and informative lecture followed by an open discussion period. The event takes place in Central Hall on November 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

This lecture is hosted by Studio Management and Office of Safety & Risk Management at OCAD U. Generously supported by Henry's Canada and Heritage Safety.

Monona Rossol is President/founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts.  She is a chemist, artist and industrial hygienist. For more information, visit Acts: Monona Rossol.



The shops and studios are now closed for the summer.

The first day of the new academic year is: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014.

Please check back soon for updated schedules!


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