DEMO-GRAPHICS Inaugural Symposium/Think Tank
“An exploration and discussion of an innovative approach to biennials”
A project of Canadian Community Arts Initiative in collaboration with Pontbriand W.O.R.K.S


Monday July 6th, 2015 = 9:30am – 7:00pm
Noel Ryan Theatre, Mississauga Central Library


9;30 AM Registration (Breakfast is served)

10:30 AM: Welcoming remarks by Asma Mahmood, Founder ED DEMO-GRAPHICS, Artistic Director CCAI

10:35 AM – 11:30 AM: Introduction
Chantal Pontbriand, Pontbriand W.O.R.K.S., Curator 
Background on discussions, context of what has motivated biennials in the past, their contributions to cultural scenes and how a biennial-type event could work locally

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: “On the dynamics of an international art event”
Sarat Maharaj, Curator, Writer, Professor. London, England

12:00 PM – 12:20 PM: “On a model for working inside communities”
Jérôme Poggi, Le Nouveaux Commanditaires

12:20 PM – 12:40 PM:
Dora Garcia, Visual Artist. Barcelona, Spain

12:30 PM- 1:00 PM: “Developing Culture with Immigrant Histories”
Stuart Keeler, Curator Artist Director Museums Mississauga

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: LUNCH

2:00 PM- 4:30 PM: Governmental Voices
Paul Damaso, Director Culture Division, City of Mississauga
Bernice Morrison , Manager Arts & Culture, City of Brampton
Sheila James, Equity Office Canada Council for the Arts (TBC)
Carolyn Vesely, Program Officer Ontario Arts Council
Moderated by Yvonne Singer, Co-Director DEMO-GRAPHICS, Artist and Educator

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Institutional Voices
Mandy Salter, Executive Director Art Gallery of Mississauga 
Andrew Hunter, Curator Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario,
Gaëtane Verna, Director, Power Plant
Matthew Hyland, Director Oakville Galleries
Ann Webb, Managing Director, Contemporary Culture, Royal Ontario Museum
Gordon Hatt, ED, CAFKA Contemporary Arts Forum Kitchener and Area
Moderated by Thomas Smart, Director Peel Art Gallery

6:00 PM- 6:30 PM: Corporate Voices
Bohdan Shulakewych, Pellman Shulakewych, Macri Barristers, past president MAC
Gail Dexter-Lord, Co President Lord Cultural Resource
Moderated by Arshad Mahmood, Founder Director, CCAI, Invis

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: “Planning the biennial platform”
With Asma Mahmood, Chantal Pontbriand and Yvonne Singer
A discussion about next steps: Assemble an organizing committee, realistic potential funders, presenting a path forward, next meeting. 
Moderated by Brian Crombie, Vice President MAC,

7:00PM – 8:00 PM: Meet with drinks at Novotel Conference Centre Mississauga (Tentative Location)

DEMO-GRAPHICS Symposium/Think Tank
An exploration and discussion for an innovative approach to biennale
A project of the Canadian Community Arts Initiative “CCAI” in collaboration with Pontbriand W.O.R.K.S

This forum focuses the discussion to reflect on why and how Peel and Halton can initiate and host an international biennial and a platform for contemporary art practice and discourse, opening it up to the Greater Toronto Area. For more info and tickets, visit: