September 10, 2016 - January 08, 2017: The Images in Our Heads exhibition

September 9th: The Images in Our Heads opening reception and RMG Fridays

Celebrate The Images in Our Heads with a performance by Alexis Bulman and an exhibition tour with Curators Lindsay Fisher and Vanessa Dion Fletcher. Gillian Nicola and Fiùran take the stage with exciting vocals for a sensational performance. Learn more about the Durham Region Film Festival and the re-launch of the Oshawa Centre with our Community Partners. In Friday Film Features, we will be screening the short film By Accident.

During the opening reception for The Images in Our Heads Alexis Bulman will be performing a project titled Forward Bend Test. This project replaces medical equipment and jargon and emphasizes the connection of intimacy and trust with the experience of being "traced" with a authoritative hand, or in this case, the hand of an artist.

Fiùran is a Scottish Celtic rock group that showcases an eclectic assortment of original and cover material with vocals sung predominantly in Scottish Gàidhlig. Three of the group’s five members (Stephen Dick, Dave Mandel and Randy Waugh) played professionally together 37 years ago and after diverse musical careers, reunited to record an album to compete in the 2017 JUNO world music category. The band will launch its unique show here at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and plans to perform concerts at several events for special audiences like you. The band rounds off its lineup with Canadian and US Scottish Mòd vocal gold-medalist, Krista Grant, and Downbeat award winning guitarist Zach Stuckey. The band not only fuses together multiple generations of musicians, it fuses together Jazz, Rock and Celtic music into a unique blend that will capture your imagination. Follow the band on their Facebook page at:

Free to attend | 7-10pm | Cash Bar | All ages welcome.
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October 22nd, 1-4pm: Guest Speakers Forum

Registration required and space is limited
Light refreshments included
Wheelchair accessible. ASL provided.

FREE Shuttle Bus
Pickup Time: 11:45pm, 401 Richmond St, Toronto
Depart: 4:30pm, The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa
Registration is required to reserve your spot on the bus!

Please register following this link and filling out the form. If you are unable to complete the form, or require assistance, please contact Jennifer Treleaven, Education Co-ordinator, at or call 905-576-3000 ex 114.

The Images in Our Heads curators Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Lindsay Fisher have invited scholar/writer Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, Afro+Goth Poet and multimedium artist Lynx Sainte-Marie, and artist/curator Elizabeth Sweeney to consider the role that fantasy and imagination play in changing how we think about difference and disability.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Lindsay Fisher will provide a guided tour of the exhibition followed by presentations by the following speakers:

Guest Speakers:

Lynx Sainte-Marie headshot

Lynx Sainte-Marie is a disabled/chronically ill, non-binary/genderfluid, Afro+Goth Poet of the Jamaican diaspora with ancestral roots indigenous to Africa and the British Isles, living on stolen Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat land (Greater Toronto Area). They are the founder of QueerofGender, a grassroots organization and transnational visibility project, dedicated to celebrating gender within LGBTTQQ2SIAP+ Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) communities. Lynx is also the creator of #BlackSpoonieSpeak, a creative writing workshop series for Black disabled/chronically ill youth on the margins. A writer, multimedium artist, activist, educator, agitator and community builder, Lynx’s work and art is informed by Black feminism(s), collective community love and social, disability and healing justice movements.

Lynx Sainte-Marie will discuss their art practice as a sick, Black, non-binary artist, whose unapologetic existence was dreamt of day&nightly by their ancestors. They will speak to the various ways Black art is a tool of reclamation and liberation, and how visionary justice movements centring healing and community building inform their poetry and worldviews.

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez is a writer and professor at Trent University. Her books Are You a Boy or a Girl? and How to Get a Girl Pregnant were both Lambda Literary finalists. The first is a children’s book chronicling the adventures and challenges of being of tomboy. The second is a memoir about trying to get pregnant as a Chicana, butch, dyke. She has published numerous short stories and personal essays about lesbian desire, Latina ethnicity, and transgressive gender experience. She has recently completed a study of gender diversity as described by children and youth in rural Ontario, published in her book Tomboys and Other Gender Heroes: Confessions from the Classroom. Her award-winning film Tomboy, has been screened around the world.

“I dream a loving homeland for queer Latin@s through narrative and animation. Attempts at beauty through language soothes, and the limitless animated world brings my ghosts and fantasies together.” - KPJ

Elizabeth Sweeney is the Manager of Public Programs and ArtReach at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. She is also a visual artist, art gallery educator, accessibility consultant and emerging curator. She has a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University (2001), a B.Ed from the University Of Ottawa (2005) and an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University (2012) where she focused on disability art and contemporary curatorial practice. From 2006-2009 Elizabeth was the Accessibility Educator at the National Gallery of Canada and from 2010-2012 she was the Disability Arts Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. Originally from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Elizabeth is a Queer dyslexic who lives with her mixed Indo-Acadian family in Toronto.

Elizabeth will explore the potential of visual art and inclusive exhibition design, to instigate a re-imagining of, once thought to be, stagnant gallery spaces. She will share examples of ways curators and artists can invite and challenge each other to alter and reconsider practices to more inclusive, and in doing so, create new ways of being with art and with each other.