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March 31, 2022 - May 31, 2022

Being Scene 2022

Hosted by Workman Arts

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.

The works on display at this year’s juried show will be divided into two in-person exhibiting groups and an online platform including so much more where visitors can show their support by purchasing artwork. The juried exhibition was selected with the assistance of jury advisors: Barbora Racevičiūtė (National Director of IMAA – the Independent Media Arts Alliance), James Hewitt (Founder and Director of The Run Gallery) and Oscar Figueroa (Toronto-based Artist and Curator).

The curated portion of Being Scene encapsulates the artist’s process of development, reflecting movement and stillness simultaneously in response to the adaptation of our ever-changing environment. Diapause, meaning dia- ‘through’ + pause (noun), describes a period of suspended development exhibited as a result of unfavorable environmental conditions. The curated exhibition features artwork by Workman artists Coley, Tina Guo, Paula John, Mustafa Khan, Brittany Newlove, Kat Singer, Asma Sultana and Jan Swinburne. Guest Curator Oliviana Cinco invites us to think of this year’s curated exhibit for Being Scene as an offering for self-reflection, as we continue to re-engage with the world and find new ways of connecting with ourselves and our communities.

The expanded program of free events accompanying Being Scene provides opportunities for arts lovers to delve deeper into the works on display and meet some of the artists with guided tours and workshops led by participating artists, a guided tour for Diapause led by curator Oliviana Cinco, and a roundtable discussion amongst the curated artists of Diapause.

Being Scene opens online on March 31 from 6-8 PM EDT, with a virtual reception.

Note: At this time we are planning for a hybrid exhibition that is both onsite and online. We will update the website should these plans change.


We will provide ASL interpretation for all virtual Q&As, workshops and panels held over Zoom, as well as the in-person/live streamed Curated Artist Roundtable event. If you require ASL interpretation for the in-person guided tours, please contact raine_laurenteugene@workmanarts.com at least two weeks in advance, as we also try to book ASL interpreters based on expressed needs.

Live captioning will be available for all virtual Q&As, workshops and panels held over Zoom. 

Workman Arts is committed to values of inclusivity and accessibility for all guests, staff, volunteers and artists. We are listening and learning from our community to help us address barriers and open up opportunities for anyone interested to engage with the Being Scene exhibition and related events.

Each event will have an active listener on site. We do our best to accommodate any interpretation, transportation assistance, navigation assistance, financial assistance or any other accessibility needs by request.

If you require any accessibility support in order to attend any of these events, please get in touch with Raine Laurent-Eugene at raine_laurenteugene@workmanarts.com or 416-583-4339, ext 9.


Workman Arts

651 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON, M6K 2B2 , Canada

Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. We support artists living with mental health and addiction issues through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community.