Join MOCA for an in-person, drop-in collage workshop inspired by our virtual workshop led by Saroja Ponnambalam. More details regarding the virtual workshop can be found here. Saroja works in a variety of media, linking both tactile forms of making, such as collage and scrapbooking, with digital and video-based media. Scrapbooks have the potential to tell stories of one’s own past and family history using both images and written word. This collage activity uses a similar concept and encourages participants to create a collage that best represents themselves and their own story.
This drop-in workshop will allow visitors to explore the basics of collage through the use of accessible and child-friendly materials including magazines, coloured paper, glue sticks, and canvas boards. All materials will be provided free of charge for the activity. Participants also have the option to bring their own photos to include in their collage! The programme is suited for all ages with parental supervision required.
Participants can take their artwork home with them, and before or after the programme, are welcome to explore MOCA’s exhibition, Greater Toronto Art 2021 (GTA21) that includes work in collage by artists including Aaron Jones. Please note that the exhibition is ticketed on floors 2 and 3.
To comply with government regulations in place at the time of the programme, there will be limited capacity and seating, which may lead to short wait times. Social distancing in the activity space is required, and registration for contact tracing will take place on-site. Masks or face shields must be worn by all participants including children over the age of two, during the programme and within the Museum at all times. Proof of vaccination is required for this programme, as per regulations set out by the Ontario government.
Recommended for all ages.
About the Artist:
Saroja Ponnambalam is an Ontario-based filmmaker with latinx and south-asian roots well-versed in critical geography, participatory media and documentary. Her independent arts practice involves working with a variety of media with a focus on mental health, migration, community-building, creativity and intergenerational trauma. s. Her 3-channel video installation HOW WE CARED is in the 2021 Rendezvous With Madness Festival from October 28 to November 7.
Saroja Ponnambalam is a participant artist in this year’s Rendezvous With Madness Festival, presented by Workman Arts. It is the first and largest arts and mental health festival in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate and investigate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction, Rendezvous With Madness’ 2021 programming spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges. As community members are feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion. The Festival runs October 28 to November 7, 2021 and showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, as well as the In(site) exhibition featuring visual, media and performance art.