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As a curator, creative director, academic professor, Ashley has over 15 years of art and cultural programming. Just announced as one of the 2019 curators for Nuit Blanche Toronto, her work has included exhibitions, creative collaborations, design and installations for companies such as TEDxToronto, Samsung, Scotiabank and by Ministry. Her designs skills were most recently acquired by Lauryn Hill for her fashion collection celebrating 20 years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
She is responsible for introducing Toronto to internationally acclaimed art projects like JR’s (PAR) Inside Out Project and artists such as Shani Crowe (CHI), Mr. Cartoon (LA), Vince Fraser (UK), Ernie Panicciolio (NYC) and Dubelyoo (ATL) in a variety of DIY spaces and traditional galleries to major Canadian institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Harbourfront Centre, (Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) and the City of Toronto.
Her arts programming stretches across a platform of community work for organizations like Canada’s largest urban arts festival, Manifesto Festival of Art & Culture, Artscape, and the first-ever offstage art showcase for the record-breaking theatre production by playwright Trey Anthony, da’ Kink in my Hair.
As a visual artist, Ashley’s own work has been featured inside establishments such as the Royal Ontario Museum, CBC’s Glenn Gould Studios and Toronto and Brampton City Hall.
She’s a part time Academic Professor in the Visual and Digital Arts program at Humber College and has directed the Creative Arts Academy for The Remix Project. She’s been a featured speaker and guest facilitator across many forums for the Ontario Arts Council, TDSB, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Nia Centre for the Arts, ArtReach, Artscape and others.
Based in Toronto, Deborah is a curator and designer with a background in art and architecture. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from OCAD University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, where she earned the RAIC Student Medal. Through her diverse practice, Deborah has curated and co-curated exhibitions for the Textile Museum of Canada, Harbourfront Centre, Gladstone Hotel, XPACE Cultural Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects; designed for award-winning architectural practices KPMB and superkül; and co-founded FEAST Toronto – a series of community dinners and micro-funding events supporting local art initiatives. She has been interviewed by Monocle Radio and CBC Radio, and profiled in The Globe and Mail and Azure Magazine. Currently Deborah is Artistic Director of DesignTO (an non-profit arts organization) and an Associate at Anya Moryoussef Architect (AM_A).
Born and raised among the art and artists of 17 Morrow, Taiga joined the Olga Korper Gallery staff in 2011 with a degree from Carleton University in art history and curatorial studies. As the third generation to enter the business, Taiga was trained to understand and cultivate the ethos of OKG. Taiga curates the exhibitions and art fairs, writes the essays for gallery press and catalogues, manages the gallery website and social media, and gives regular tours and talks inside the gallery and out. Taiga spoke at the AGO for ALAS “Art, Business and the Law: A Roundtable Discussion for Visual Artists”; juried the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2017 and The Artist Project 2019; and guest-curated Propeller Gallery's, "Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs". She is on the committees for Art/TO Opening Night and MOCA Gala 2019, and has recently joined the board of the ADAC. Having grown up in the art world, Taiga is deeply passionate about art literacy, aiming to bridge the often-intimidating gap between art and viewer, to encourage engaging and meaningful experiences with conceptual contemporary art.