This year, Workman Arts presents the 21st Annual Being Scene Exhibition taking place between March 31 to May 31 2022 — in multiple new locations and with a newly expanded program of free accompanying events.

Celebrating artists with lived experiences, the exhibition will be both in-person and online this year. Being Scene showcases a survey of juried artworks by a wide range of artists with varying disciplines. Alongside this, the curated component returns this year by inviting a new guest curator Oliviana Cinco, to curate a member group show alongside the juried show as part of the overall exhibition. With an accompanying event series including artist-led events/panels/tours and educational workshops/discussions both in-person and online, this year’s 2-month long programming will be an interactive and exciting experience demonstrating what these 56 artists have to offer.
History of Being Scene:

The Being Scene exhibition began over 20 years ago on the grounds of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Since, Being Scene has exhibited over 1000 juried artworks in total by Workman Arts member artists as well as artists with lived experience who have accessed services from CAMH. The exhibition has been shown in spaces such as The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC) and at CAMH.  Due to the pandemic last year, the exhibition was completely virtual .Going forward, Being Scene will continue to thrive in local spaces and online.

In-Person Exhibiting Schedule:
Gallery Hours are from 2 to 8PM

April 1 to 14 - First group of juried artists at 2104 Dundas St W
April 15 to 28 - Second group of juried artists at 2104 Dundas St W
May 17 to 31 - Diapause curated group show at 29 McCaul St 

Art Sales Disclaimer:

Your purchase supports artists with lived mental health and addiction experience and helps provide a supportive peer community for those artists. We return 100% of the price of the artwork to the artists because we believe in supporting artists and their careers. The total purchase is broken down with the price of the artwork and the 20% service fee. We are a charitable organization where the 20% service fee supports programs for artists by being an important piece of our operational budget.

Delivery and installation of artwork may be available for an extra fee. Pickup of artwork is always free. All purchased artwork at Being Scene will be available after the exhibition is over on May 31. Please inquire with any questions and for further details.






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