AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Program

In 2021, thanks to the generous support of RBC, the AGO presents a trio of exciting digital programs designed to celebrate and support emerging artists. Focused on artistic growth and presentation opportunities, we are fostering artistic practices into digital landscapes.

AGO X RBC Emerging Artist Program


Following a call for submissions, this program welcomed Krystle Silverfox, Bianca Weeko Martin and Alessandra Pozzuoli to engage in a mentor and research period with financial support. These emerging artists connected with the AGO’s team of museum professionals over the summer, with an aim to advance their proposed research topic and practice.

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Past Talks and Events - Emerging Artists Program


AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Workshop: Olivia Whetung
Saturday, October 16, 1 pm

Join artist Olivia Whetung for a beading workshop where participants will learn increasing and decreasing in peyote stitch. This technique can be used to add shape and dimension to peyote stitch pieces. Olivia will demonstrate the skills required to make a triangle pendant which can be worn as a necklace or used as a car dangler or keychain. Ultimately these skills lend themselves to using beads as a sculptural material.


Participants should already know basic peyote stitch in order…

AGO X RBC Artists in Residence in Conversation
Thursday, October 7, 4 pm

Join AGO X RBC Artists in Residence Nada El-Omari and Sonya Mwambu, Timothy Yanick Hunter, Alvin Luong for a conversation about their practices and the work they have created and developed during their respective digital residencies at the AGO this year.

Nada El-Omari is a filmmaker and writer currently based in Toronto. Of Palestinian and Egyptian origin and raised in Montreal, her work, practice and research interests centre on the intergenerational…

AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Workshop: Alexa Hatanaka & Flora Shum
Wednesday, August, 25, 1 pm

Join artists Alexa Hatanaka and Flora Shum for a workshop demonstrating gyotaku, the Japanese practice of printing fish, and a discussion about handmade paper, including washi. Gyotaku is a traditional form of Japanese art that began over 100 years ago as a way for fishers to keep a record of their catch. Typically printed on washi, Japanese paper, the artists will discuss varieties and applications of handmade paper, washi, and papermaking history.


AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Workshop: Esmaa Mohamoud
Thursday, May 27, 4 pm

Developed specifically for emerging artists, this conversation between artist Esmaa Mohamoud and AGO curator Wanda Nanibush explores Mohamoud’s work and how she maintains a creative practice. Drawing on personal examples from her own experience, Esmaa will discuss her recent sculptures and installations, her exhibition and residency experiences, and what has sustained her over the past year.

Esmaa Mohamoud (Canadian, b. 1992), is a Toronto based African-Canadian artist. She holds a BFA from…

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