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Xpace Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre dedicated to providing emerging and student artists, designers, curators and writers with opportunities to showcase their work in a professional setting.

We approach our programming as a form of world-building: providing exhibitions, events, panels and workshops that respond to the direct needs and interests of our communities and membership. Expanding notions of theory and aesthetics, we seek to hold space for thought-provoking and experimental collaborations.

Xpace Cultural Centre is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive, queer positive environment, prioritizing marginalized, racialized, Black and Indigenous folks.

Xpace is supported by the OCAD Student Union, and our programming is open to students, as well as emerging practitioners of any educational background. Xpace is not affiliated with OCAD University or the OCAD University gallery system.

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We wish to acknowledge this sacred land on which Xpace Cultural Centre operates. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. The territories include the Huron-Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, and the Métis Nation. The territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

Staff Title

DIRECTOR

Alexia Bréard-Anderson (she/her) is a writer + arts administrator of Argentinean descent, born as a settler to Tkaronto. She is dedicated to forging space for emerging creatives through intuitive + collaborative arts programming based in care and equity. Alexia has a web of experience overseeing group and solo exhibitions, talks, workshops, events, screenings, publications and mentorship programs. Alongside a BFA in Art Criticism & Curatorial Practices from OCAD University, she recognizes the abundance of ancestral, community and earth-based knowledge that informs her everyday learning and unlearning; and is deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead Xpace through these expansive social, economic, political and spiritual currents.

PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR

Philip Ocampo (he/him) is a queer Filipino artist and curator based in Toronto, Canada. Ocampo’s multidisciplinary practice primarily involves sculpture, installation, illustration and public programming. His work usually explores phenomenon, nostalgia, and the reconciling of personal experiences. Ocampo holds a BFA in Digital Painting and Expanded Animation from OCAD U.

PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR

Natalie King is a queer interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King's multidisciplinary arts practice includes video, painting, sculpture and installation as well as community engagement, curation and arts administration.

King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within queer Anishinaabe experience(s). King's practice and facilitation work operates within a firmly future-bound perspective, reclaiming realities of lived lives through frameworks of care and survivance.

King has a BFA from OCAD University and currently lives and makes on the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, and the Métis Nation in Tkaronto, Turtle Island.

PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT

Chloe Lorenzo is a stylist, creative director and web designer who has just begun her first year at OCAD U. While studying Advertising, she works as a brand consultant and visual identity developer. Chloe believes in creating with a deep care for self, care for others and care for the community.

PAST STAFF MEMBERS

Aamna Muzaffar, Adrienne Crossman, Alicia Nauta, Amanda Amour-Lynx, Amber Landgraff, Anam Ahmed, Andrea Manica Matthew Moreland, Ashley Proctor, Brette Gabel, Cameron Lee, Carmen Cheung, Casey Wong, David Caterini, Derek Liddington, Dzeneta Zunic, Edison Osorio, Elija Montgomery, Elise Windsor, Elle McLaughlin, Emily Gove, Enna Kim, Erin Jacobson, Geneviève Wallen, Humboldt Magnussen, Hwa-Jin Jun, Jacky Challenger, James Cam, Jazmine VK Carr, Jenneen Shortreed, Jennie Suddick, Jessica Cappuccitti, Joanna Labriola, Jonathan Wheeldon, Katie Kotler, Katie McGowan, Laura Baillie, Maddie Alexander, Mary Ma, Matthew Williamson, Maya Wilson-Sanchez, Megan Kotze, Melissa Fisher, Mireille Osbourne, Monica Laflamme, Ngqabutho Zondo, Nicole Rocca, Pablo Munoz, Patric Colosimo, Petar Boscovic, Sara England Melanie Keay, Sarah Butterill, Serena Lee, Solskin Brask, Stephanie Fielding, Stephanie Rosinski, Stephanie Simmons, Tomas del Baso, Vladimir Milosevic