Let's Get Re-Introduced

You may know us as the ones who brought you IMAGInuity: The Museum of the Future 3022, the Love Letters construction hoarding project in Toronto, or the impactful Earthseeds: Space of the Living Project.

Love Letters

DRIVING MISSION

Merging art, technology and wellness through Black speculative design!

Oddside Arts explores art through speculative practices (sci-fi & fantasy imaginings, and musings about the future), and the application of technology by using digital design and immersive experiences. We also make sure that mental well-being is a part of our approach by working from a point of view that prioritizes mindfulness. We’re dedicated to supporting artists, especially those who identify as part of the Afrodiaspora, Indigenous and/or 2SLGBTQIAP communities.

What We Envision

Using art as a point of access for critical discussions about accessibility, equity, coalition building, and demystifying the public art process for more BIPOC artists to gain access. We achieve this through:

1

Collaboration

We function through an Ubuntu framework, an African concept that promotes interconnectedness where we choose to focus on the “we” rather than on singular pathways to success.

2

Advocacy

We advocate for space to include the creative outputs of BIPOC folks (with an emphasis on Black and Indigenous peoples) and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQIAP.

3

Knowledge Sharing

We contribute to the development of Black and/or Queer BIPOC artists by supporting the creation, production, and presentation of artworks, through disseminating educational resources, and providing mentoring opportunities.

Projects that do Just that

Take a look at some of the things we've been involved in

The Team

Queen Kukoyi

Co-Lead

As a Black Bajan of Igbo and Lokono Ancestry, Queer and Gender Fluid Femme -presenting, Multidisciplinary Artist, Queen’s practice encompasses Queer theory in a Meta-analytical Afrofuturistic convergence of creative technology, meditation, music, art, and Noetic sciences. Queen does this through spoken word poetry, digital collage, animations, along with installation work that touch on concepts surrounding the Afrofuturistic meditative space.

Role: Ex. Dir. of Finance & Operations.

Nico Taylor

Co-LEAD

A performance and digital artist, curator, and scholar whose work dissects social constructions surrounding race and representation and highlights Black bodies using cosplay, storytelling, and graphic design.

Role: Ex. Dir. of Communications

Board

Kwesi Johnson

Rokhaya Gueye

Natalie Higgins

Jonathan Ofori