Community and Collectives

The Panel

Community and Collectives

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
This panel explores emerging experiences that artistic collectives and artist organizations encounter while developing mentorship relationships across various communities and peer-to-peer networks. Mentorship can be wide, brief, deep, and reciprocal – these relationships can take various forms based on the desires of the participants and the environments they are fostered in.

Aysia Tse


Aysia Tse (she/her) is an emerging artist majoring in Life Studies and minoring in Art and Social Change at OCAD University. Interested in the intersections of community education, art and activism, Aysia is building a socially engaged practice that connects to constructive action within communities. In addition to community arts, her creative practice is currently focused on movement-based and new media work with themes relating to madness, queerness, and diasporic identity.

Annie Wong


Annie Wong is a writer, community organiser, and multidisciplinary artist working in performance and installation. Conceptually diverse, her practice explores the intersections between the political and poetic in everyday life. Wong has presented across North America including at the Toronto Biennale of Art, Studio XX, SBC Gallery (Montreal, QC), and Third Space Gallery (Saint John, NB). She has been awarded residencies with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Power Plant (Toronto, ON), Banff Centre for Creativity and Art (Banff, AL), and the City of Calgary. Her literary works can be found in Koffler.Digital, The Shanghai Literary Review, C Magazine, Canadian Art, and MICE Magazine. She is currently the Curator of Programming and Public Engagement at Gallery TPW.

Shellie Zhang


Shellie Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. She creates images, objects and projects in a wide range of media to explore how integration, diversity and assimilation is implemented and negotiated, and how manifestations of these ideas relate to lived experiences. Zhang is interested in how culture is learned and sustained, and how the objects and iconographies of culture are remembered and preserved.

Recent and upcoming projects include exhibitions at The Bentway (Toronto), Capture Photography Festival (Vancouver), and the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego. She is a member of EMILIA-AMALIA, an intergenerational feminist reading and writing group, and former member of collectives including Long Time No See and Angry Asian Feminist Gang.

Alana Traficante


Alana Traficante is an arts organizer, writer/editor and sometimes curator based in Toronto. She facilitates networks in the artistic community through exhibition, book and space-making initiatives, with an interest in civic engagement, capacity building and mentorship. Alana holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (2016) and a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto (2004). She has worked as the Executive Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography since 2018.​


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