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Project 31 to raise funds for OCAD U students who are Indigenous, Black and People of Colour

Project 31 in bold black and white, set against turquoise background with yellow, pink and green designs.

OCAD University’s Project 31 is set to raise funds to support programming and bursaries for OCAD U students who are Indigenous, Black and People of Colour.

Back in person tonight, the live auction, led by renowned auctioneer Stephen Ranger, will feature works by 20 leading contemporary artists and designers. Early bidding on the 20 live auction lots and 29 silent auction lots opened on November 21. 

“We are thrilled to hold this event in person, bringing art and design collectors and enthusiasts together to participate in one of Canada’s most important contemporary art auctions,” says OCAD U President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano. “With funds raised by Project 31, we can continue the vital work of decolonization and equity to support students who are Indigenous, Black and People of Colour.” 

From sculptures to paintings to mixed media pieces, the event will feature works donated by OCAD U’s renowned faculty and alumni. 

Among the esteemed artists and designers who have donated works are: Max Dean, Jody Hewgill, Rosalie Favell, Anda Kubis, Natalie Lemay, Sarah Letovsky, Rajni Perera and Gary Taxali. Guests can also discover and bid on works by new and emerging talent.

Since its inception in 2010, Project 31 has raised more than $1 million to support OCAD U students.

The collection was curated by a respected jury: Jason Baerg, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art; Kestin Cornwall, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design; Stephen Foster, Dean, Faculty of Art; Dr. Nithikul Nimkulrat, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design; and Suharu Ogawa, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design.