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Outdoor School


Outdoor School is an exhibition and series of activities that explore ways of attending to interstitial urban wild spaces and other natural environments around the University of Toronto Scarborough. Functioning as a platform for critical spatial practice, Outdoor School will include research materials, plants, tools, and objects intended to be activated during the exhibition, using the gallery as a classroom, meeting space and studio.

Included in Outdoor School is documentation and artifacts from projects by Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed that present queer models of outdoor education, destabilizing many of the narratives through which we encounter the natural world, as well as Maggie Groat’s Fences Will Turn into Tables, a communal table constructed from salvaged boards and posts, to be used during Outdoor School activities. Around these and other objects, UTSC students and other members of the public are invited to participate in artist-led workshops and events. Among these, artist-forager Deirdre Fraser-Gudrunas/Vibrant Matter will lead sensorial and experiential field identification walks and invite participants to contribute to a subjective field guide; artist and organizer Ayumi Goto will invite the public to join her in running the surrounding landscapes as a practice of honoring and acknowledging traditional Indigenous territories and developing respectful relationships with the land; artist and witch Jamie Ross will involve participants in enacting place-based seasonal rituals of the Radical Faeries in landscapes around campus; and participants will be invited to follow, at a respectful distance, artist Jay White, as he walks and camps in and around Scarborough, remaining hidden as he mirrors the movements of urban coyotes.

Through artist-led activities that use the body and the imagination to produce alternate forms of knowledge, Outdoor School aims to deepen and complicate our relationship to the outdoors.

Outdoor School is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, and sponsored in part by U of T’s Affinity Partners Manulife, MBNA and TD Insurance.

For a full list of Outdoor School programming, please see

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