The Sunshine Eaters: OCAD exhibit explores land and flora in design

Running until April 15, a new art exhibition at Toronto’s OCAD University highlights how contemporary artists and designers look to the land, plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of crises. Called The Sunshine Eaters, the exhibition provides a showcase for a diverse array of artists and designers — and botanists — to explore the complex relationships between the built and natural worlds.

The Sunshine Eaters, OCAD, Onsite Gallery
Image via OCAD.

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith, the exhibit features highly varied creations from artists that come from different cultural milieus and have distinct objectives and concerns with their work. The featured artists are Shary Boyle, Nick Cave, Robert Holmes, Jim Holyoak, Brian Jungen, Jessica Karuhanga, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Nina Leo and Moez Surani, Tony Matelli, Alanis Obomsawin, Ebony G. Patterson, and Winnie Truong, with biographies of each artist available via OCAD’s exhibition website, linked here.

Hosted at OCAD’s Onsite Gallery at 199 Richmond Street West in downtown Toronto, The Sunshine Eaters exhibition also features a number of free public events throughout its run. Over the next weeks, three talks and discussions will be held at the gallery —while the date for the conversation with Brian Jungen has yet to be announced:

  • Wednesday, March 14, 7 to 9 p.m. Exile Series = Rising Sadness – Ali Asgar Performance and Artist Talk
    Presented by Art and Social Change, The President’s Office and Onsite Gallery
  • Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Treaty No. 9 and Daniel MacMartin Diary Discussion with Alanis Obomsawin
  • Wednesday, April 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. True Stories Toronto
    Inspired by themes in The Sunshine Eaters, storytellers share true, personal stories of nature as a symbol of hope. Part of the ongoing True Stories Toronto event series. Organized and hosted by Storytelling Coach Marsha (of

More information about The Sunshine Eaters is available via the OCAD exhibition website, while a full exhibition brochure can also be found here.