On April 13 and 14, Workman Arts (WA) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) present Extraordinary Artists. The event kicks off with Mad Couture Catwalk, a unique performance and party, which launches Workman Arts’ 25th Anniversary, prior to the one-day symposium The Convergence of Art and Mental Illness in the 21st Century.

William Kurelek. The Painter, 1974. mixed media on hardboard. 140.0 x 110.0 cm. The Thomson Collection (c) Art Gallery of Ontario


[quote]“The Art Gallery of Ontario is delighted to partner with Workman Arts on this important symposium and Mad Couture Catwalk event. We have programs for mental health service users and professionals, realizing the role of the arts in fostering mental health. These discussions and explorations will help us to further this work and establish the AGO as a welcoming and safe environment for all.”[/quote]

– Gillian McIntyre, program coordinator, AGO



Tickets for both events can be purchased at the AGO Box Office by phone at 416-979-6608 or on line https://tickets.ago.net/.

Click-through for more information about the Mad Couture Catwalk and the Exceptional Minds: The Convergence of Art and Mental Illness in the 21st Century symposium.



Workman Arts (WA) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations. As well, WA promotes a greater public understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media.

Among its many projects, Workman Arts produces the annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Being Scene Annual Juried Art Show, annual independent projects for Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and CONTACT Photography Festivals, and many other exhibits and presentations.

With a permanent collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Architectural highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery’s façade; and the feature staircase, spiraling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic African art gallery; from the cutting-edge works in the contemporary tower to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.

For images, interviews, and more information:

Workman Arts

Celebrating 25 years, Mad Couture Catwalk is the first of a series of Workman Arts programming taking place between May 2012 – May 2013. Workman Arts is a proud partner of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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Gillian McIntyre
Program Coordinator, Adult Programs
416 979 6660 ext. 215