The AGO's FREE After Three programming is the place to be for youth ages 14 to 25. Participate in tie dying, sticker making, silk screening, skateboard building, mix tape making, movie screenings and break-dancing workshops. Programs run Fall, Winter and Spring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Weston Family Learning Centre.
Tuesdays: Style Club
April 10 – June 12, 2018, 4-6 pm
Free After Three takes inspiration from Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition Infinity Mirrors; specifically the artist’s iconic fashion style and visual aesthetic. Style Club will explore vintage collecting, thrift flipping, pattern on pattern design, styling, alterations and end with a participatory fashion show! Led by local designers, stylists and artists including Andrea Lalonde from Nouveau Riche, Vanessa Fischer and Emma Doyle.
Vanessa Fischer is an award winning costume designer and wardrobe stylist based in Toronto. Designing for theatre, commercials, music videos, television and film, she loves the magic that comes from working with different textiles and costumes. Vanessa loves to create the ideas people see in their dreams. She also loves to sing and dance.
Andréa Lalonde graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and design with an interdisciplinary degree. She splits her time working with vintage and visual arts, fascinated by ways those come together. Lalonde owns Nouveau Riche vintage, a collection and pop up project. She previously worked as a vintage clothing buyer in Montreal for many years and as an assistant for a film and television costume collection. Over the last 15 years, Andréa has worked as an artist-educator at museums and artist-run centres including the ROM, the AGO, the Design Exchange and Oakville Galleries.
Emma Doyle is a designer working in fashion, film and interiors. She spent a decade in London, UK, designing for independent, luxury womens and menswear labels, including Louise Gray, Nasir Mazhar, Future Classics and Michael van der Ham. Her work with these brands has been exhibited at London Fashion Week, Fashion East and internationally within London Showrooms in Paris, New York, LA and Hong Kong. It has appeared in Vogue, ID, Dazed and Confused and has been sold world wide in retail spaces such as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Dover Street Market, Opening Ceremony and Net-a-porter. Since moving back to her much-loved Toronto 2 years ago, Emma has worked in costume for television and film on The Handmaid’s Tale, and as a textile artist on Star Trek: Discovery. This winter she launched her own clothing label, BEST TIME. Emma studied Fashion at Ryerson University in Toronto and Central St Martins in London and has previously instructed at London College of Fashion, Brighton University and Toronto’s TFA and The Workroom. She is so excited to be teaching this spring at the AGO, a place very near and dear to her heart.
Wednesdays: House Dancing with Warehouse Jacks
April 11 – June 13, 2018, 4-7 pm
Learn House dance styles and techniques while hanging out in an inclusive environment. Led by House Dance crew Warehouse Jacks.
Warehouse Jacks is a growing community of dancers, DJ’s, artists, and open minded individuals that come together on many platforms to shed light on House music and culture in Toronto. Many individuals are well travelled, trained in House, come from different dance backgrounds or are local community House music enthusiasts. The Jacks have thrown events, represented the name in competitions world wide, and are looking to grow and share this family with Toronto. We want to show that House is a feeling and not just movement that can be enjoyed by everybody.
Thursdays: Skateboard Building with Oasis Skateboard Factory
April 26 – June 14, 2018, 4-6 pm
Learn how to make a board from scratch and take it home for keeps with youth from Oasis Skateboard Factory. Limited Spaces: First come first serve.
OSF is a Toronto District School Board alternative school reengagement program where students run a skateboard business / professional design studio.