Call for submissions

A student in costume at a interdisciplinary fashion show. Photo credit: Marta ChudolinskaCreative Process & Research: Wearable Art, site installation and performance, Winter 2012. Photo credit: Marta Chudolinska

The Learning Zone is a unique and dynamic exhibition space with several venues for exhibition in a variety of media, including the Main Space, External Space and the Public Media Display. Please read the section appropriate to each space below for specific exhibition information.

The Learning Zone encourages submissions from all areas of study at OCAD University, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and alumni. Professional artists and designers are also eligible, if their submission is programmed and submitted by OCAD U curators. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. The Learning Zone accepts proposals for solo and group exhibitions. Students who wish to curate an exhibition of student work are also encouraged to apply.

Learning Zone (Main Space)

Photo of the Learning Zone, with tables and chairs in foreground and wall with exhibition in the background.Photo credit: Heather Evelyn 

With a large glass wall facing the first level of Village by the Grange, the Learning Zone provides an excellent opportunity to have your work seen by the OCADU community and the general public. Due to the flexibility of our space, we can accommodate a broad variety of formats: two dimensional, three dimensional, installation, performance, audio or video work. 

Students or Faculty interested in planning an exhibiting in the Learning Zone should contact Marta Chudolinska, Learning Zone Librarian, with the following information:

  • Medium and theme of work to be exhibited
  • Approximate number of pieces to be installed
  • Potential dates of interest
  • Program of Study & Year Level

Requirements: 

  • All work must have the artist's name clearly written or attached to the back so that exhibition labels can be made. We give credit for all student work and will not display work for which we do not have attribution information. 
  • Work must be exhibition ready; meaning no final touches should be made to artwork once delivered to the Learning Zone for exhibition. 2-Dimensional work must be ready to hang on the wall and 3-Dimensional work must be stable if standing. We do not have any plinths or stands for 3-D work; artists need to make their own arrangements if these are required. 
  • Approved hanging materials are finishing nails, tacks, pins, clips, or picture hangers. The Learning Zone has a wide variety of hanging materials that will be at your disposal but any specialized hanging tools required should be supplied by the artists. We do not allow adhesives to be used. 
  • Work must be delivered for installation to the Learning Zone office at the agreed upon time. After the exhibition work must be picked up from the Learning Zone office at the agreed upon time.

The layout of the Learning Zone main exhibition space can be helpful in planning your exhibition.

Photo of three students discussing artwork displayed on Learning Zone wall.Artists Teaching exhibit, Fall 2013. Photo credit: Marta Chudolinska 

Xpace External Space 

Xpace is a membership driven artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union and dedicated to providing emerging and student artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. Their External Space, located in the Learning Zone, offers opportunities for media based works, with an emphasis on video, animation or sound pieces. Screened on a video monitor in the Learning Zone, and hosted on the homepage of the Xpace website, exhibitions typically last 6 weeks. For more information, consult the External Space Call for Submissions. You can watch the video pieces previously exhibited in the space one the Xpace website

Public Media Display

The Public Media Display is a widescreen LCD screen inside of the Learning Zone that faces out into the Grange building. This "walk-by” Gallery is perfectly suited to displaying digital artwork including film, animation, photographyand digital images. The LCD screen is connected to a speaker installed outside of the Learning Zone. Please contact Marta Chudolinska with the following information: 

  • Theme of work to be exhibited
  • Potential dates of interest
  • Program of study and year level 

Once accepted, you will be instructed how to best format your work for the display.