Pride with Mentor Ashley McKenzie-Barnes

Consider self-identity and reclamation ownership with a showcase of visual artworks at Toronto History Museums that disrupts, discovers and displays narratives of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Acclaimed curator and creative director Ashley McKenzie-Barnes mentored a group of local emerging and mid-career artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in a groundbreaking 12-month mentorship program. The participating artists were given the freedom to create self-directed works, resulting in a collection of unique and diverse pieces. These artists specialize in contemporary art, design and interdisciplinary practices, and respond to anti-colonialism, anti-oppression and anti-racism. Each project highlights the varied perspectives and experiences of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

The Artist Mentorship Showcase includes artworks by Amplify CollectiveDestinie AdélakunDiana Contreras CabanasEric ChengyangHAUIKunal RanchodMegha ParharSophie StiquéeSteven Beckly and The Sun IRL.


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