Natalie Wood

Born and raised in Trinidad, Natalie Wood obtained her studio training at Ontario College of Art and Design and went on to complete an MA in Art Education from the University of Toronto in 2000. Wood is a tenured Professor in the Social Service Work Program (SSW) at George Brown College (GBC) and is presently pursuing a PhD through the Faculty of Environmental Studies program at York University. She is also a co-founder and coordinator of the Social Innovation Hub at George Brown College which is an early stage incubator, an alternative placement and a connector for School of Community Services students.

Wood's work cohabits the areas of popular culture, education and historical research and has been presented nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions including Zsa Zsa (2003), Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (2007, curated by Scott McLeod), Nuit Blanche (2007, curated by Michelle Jacques), A Space (2009), Streaming Alterity, Art Gallery of Peterborough (2012, curated by Pam Edmunds and Carla Garnet), and video festivals (the New York Mix Film and Video Festival, Inside Out, Images Festival, Pleasure Dome and Mpenzi Film and Video festival where she won the Audience Choice Award in 2006). Wood has attended residencies at the Spadina Museum House and at the Caribbean Contemporary Art Centre 7 in Trinidad. She is the recipient of numerous awards from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Wood received the 2006 New Pioneers Award for contribution to the Arts in Toronto and was nominated for the 2006 K. M Hunter Interdisciplinary Arts Award for her web-based project Kinlinks which is online for viewing at www.kinlinks.net. Upcoming exhibitions include the Aird Gallery (2020) in conjunction with the CONTACT Photography Festival (2020), Charles St Video (2020), A Space (2021) and Paul Petro Contemporary Art (2021).



EDUCATION

M.A. Art Education in the Curriculum Teaching and Learning Department, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto, 2000
B.A. Specialist Degree, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s Studies, University of Toronto, 1988
 

SOLO SHOWS

ASpace Gallery Member Windows, Are you Cut Out for My Revolution? 2009
Toronto Nuit Blanche, Church of the Holy Trinity, Moko Jumbie Dance Installation, curated by M. Jacques 2007
CCA7 Gallery, Trinidad, The Serious, the Funny and the Make Do, Exhibit and Artist Talk, 2006
Pages Window Installation, MayWorks, “The Exchange”, 2004
Theatre Muraille Backspace Rock, Paper, Sistahs, “The Dozens” Solo Exhibit and performance, 2004
Zsa Zsa Gallery, “Relay” Solo Show, 2003
Spadina Museum, “Paintings and Rousing Movements” Solo Show and one month Artist Residency, 2003
DubWise Gallery, Solo Show called “Doux Tell: Experiences of a Black Grrl Connecting”, 2003
 

GROUP SHOWS (Selected)

2009
Women in Work Exhibit, National Traveling Show curated by Workers Art Heritage Centre co-ordinated by Carole Conde

2008
Movement 08; Contemporary art happening, Flow, The Production House, curated by Stephen Fakiyesi
Women in Work Exhibit, Traveling show curated by Workers Art Heritage Centre/ Carole Conde
The Small Axe Project – a Caribbean platform for criticism, curated by Chris Cozier and Columbia University, New York seen at www.smallaxe.net

2007
Art House Affair, curated by Stephen Fakiyesi
Sales Performance, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, curated by Scott McLeod.
Women in Work Exhibit, Traveling show curated by Workers Art Heritage Centre co-ordinated by Carole Conde

2006
TAAFI, Invited Artist, Gladstone Hotel.
 ARCFEST, Spin Gallery, “Art is Resistance” curated by Syrus Ware
Gladstone Hotel, Jingle Show curated by Andrew Harwood
519 Community Gallery, Artefact Exhibit

2005
Art Gallery of Ontario, Hoarding Project Public Exhibit in Grange Park
Zsa Zsa Gallery, Pot Modern Group Show
Vtape Digital Web Project, in conjunction with Images Festival, http://www.kinlinks.net
Burlington Art Centre & other venues, Human Rights through Art Exhibit

2004
Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, Artitude from here to there, Artsweek Group show
Fab Magazine, The State of Gay, curated by Andrew Harwood

2003
Zsa Zsa Gallery, The Michael Jackson Project Group Show, Curator Andrew Harwood
Spin Gallery, Dykeversity Group Show
Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre, Open Juried Group Exhibition, Unionville, Ontario
Human Rights Through Art Exhibit, City Hall and other Toronto venues
ASpace Gallery, Members Show

2002
Harbourfront Community Gallery, Group Exhibit, Sacred Spaces
Hart House Gallery, University of Toronto, Letters for Literacy Art Auction
Spadina Historic House and Gardens, Through my eyes, through my spirit
Rock Paper Sistahs Theatrical Exhibit, After All by Carol Anderson

2001                                                                                                       
John B. Aird Gallery, Ontario Society of Artists Juried Show titled, HOME
Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto, Thin Lizzie Group Show curator Andrew Harwood
 

VIDEO SCREENINGS

The Bond Girl screened at Reel Out in Kingston, 2010
The Bond Girl & “Daisy gets a Divorce” screened at Explicit Fantastic Sex(y) in Contemporary Culture 2008, Keep Six
Contemporary curated by Richard Vaughan
Call me Daisy screened at Mpenzi Film Festival, Inside Out Film/Video Festival Toronto 2007 & The Levine Gallery,
Culver Los Angeles for The New Toronto Exhibit, 2007 curated by RM Vaughan 2007 and at Buddies in Bad Times
Theatre for Pride Media and Performance Festival, 2006
The Locks Narrative winner of Audience Choice Award at Toronto Mpenzi Film & Video festival, 2006
The Dozens screened at Pleasure Dome Festival, San Francisco Lesbian & Gay film festival, 2005
Enter Hailey and “The Dozens” as trailer for Mpenzi Film and Video Festival, 2005
The Dozens screened at Inside Out Film & Video Festival & at Hot Seat 5 Film & Video festival, 2004
Enter Hailey screened at Hot Seat Film and Video festival, Toronto, 2003
Enter Hailey, screened in New York for Mix Film and Video Festival, 2002
Enter Hailey, Video for Inside Out International Film and Video Festival, Admiration Program, 2002.
 

COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS (Selected)

Artist Consultant, Canadian Experience Project; Community-based research project with Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto, 2009
Community Artist, Coming Together Project with Regent Park CHC and U of T Faculty of Social Work, 2006 - 2008
Black History Month Art Workshop, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2007
Art Gallery of Ontario Hoarding project with youth at Cecil Community Centre, 2005
Adults’ Artist, Program Without Walls, George Syme Community Centre, 2004
Talisman Workshop, with ASpace Gallery and Social Work Department, University of
Toronto, 2004
Linocut Poster Workshop Queer Youth Project, Buddies in Bad Times, 2003
Talisman Workshop, Harbourfront Community Centre, 2002
Children’s Artist, Program Without Walls, Art Starts Neighbourhood Art Centre, 2001
Artist Facilitator, Workshop on “Nkisi” or Power figures, Black CAP, 2000
Artist Facilitator, Homes not Shelters Art Installation, for Community Arts Biennale, 2000
Artist Facilitator, Batik Workshop for Lesbians of Color, Coloring the Century, 1999
Co-Facilitator, Batik Workshop with Grace Channer, Women’s Correctional Facility, Joint Venture Program, 1998.


ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS

Established Media Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council, 2007
New Pioneers Award for contribution to Arts and Culture, 2006
K.M. Hunter Nomination for Interdisciplinary Arts, 2006
Ontario Arts Council Mid Career Media Arts Award, 2006
Audience Choice Award, Mpenzi Toronto Film and Video Festival, 2006
Trinidad Artist Residency, Canada Council for the Arts, 2005
Emerging Artist for Visual Arts, Ontario Arts Council, 2004
Emerging Artist for Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, 2003
Emerging Artist for Visual Arts, Toronto Arts Council, 2003
M. NourbeSe Philip Award for Outstanding Contribution to African Arts and Culture, 2002
City of York Civic Recognition Award for work within the Arts, 1997 


PUBLISHING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2008     
Panel Discussion, Explicit Fantastic sex(y) in contemporary culture, Keep Six Contemporary

2007     
Artist Lecture and Talk, OCAD
Interview CIUT – Production House Art Affair
Conference Presentation – Art, Activism and Transnationalism, U of T

2006     
Artist Lecture and Talk, OCAD
Artist Lecture and Talk, Empowerment through the Arts, George Brown College
Representin’: Black Artists Tell the Truth by Rinaldo Walcott p.33 Fuse Magazine Volume 29 Number 2
Artist Lecture and Talk, Creative Art Centre, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
Toronto Star, Using her unique art to educate, March 24,2006, p.E4 by Nicholas Keung
Trinidad Woman Express, Looking for answers in art, March 5, 2006 p.6 by Erline Andrews
Curator’s Talk, ASpace Gallery for “I Represent”

2005     
National Post, Toronto Magazine The Big Picture, about Kinlinks Website June 18 2005, p.TO9 by R M Vaughan
Share, Artist collective show their work, exchange ideas, April 21 2005, p. 17 by F. Greene
Toronto Star, Everything new is becoming old, March 11 2005, p. D2, by Peter Goddard
Toronto Sun, Artists look at History  Feb 1st 2005, p. 14, by L. Wade
The National Post, Not a Cape in sight p. 10, by R.M. Vaughn & Xtra, Getting a Rise; the push me/pull you of community. p. 27, Feb 3rd 2005 by, A. Harwood

2004     
Guest on Panel discussing Future of Queer film and video with Roy Mitchell, Alison Mitchell, CKLN
CIUT Interview for Mayworks Exhibit, The Exchange

2003     
Spadina Museum, Resident Artist Lecture             
Artist Lecture and Panel Discussion, Ryerson University, Queer Bent Unchanged Conference

2002     
The Annex Gleaner, Black Women Artists Infiltrate Spadina House, March 2002, Vol. 7, No. 11, p.10
Artist talk, ASpace Gallery
Cover Illustration, Disability Rights in the workplace, CUPE

2001      
Artist Talk, ASpace Gallery                             
Article on David Zapporoli, ASpace Newsletter
Illustrator, Fireweed magazine, Women at the Millennium issue #71

2000     
Now magazine, Island Heat fires exhibits, Aug 3-9 2000, pg.76 by Deidre Hannah      
Thesis: Empowerment, Quality of life and Art with Adults with Disabilities; A Descriptive Analysis of An Holistic Arts Approach
 

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE (Selected)

Curator, Shadow on the Prairie, media show by Deanna Bowen, Images Festival & WARC Gallery, March 2009
Curator, I Represent, ASpace Gallery. 2006
Curator, The Hero Project, WARC Gallery, 2005
Curator, Iconography of Divination, and Sign of Spirit by Winsom Winsom at ASpace Gallery, 2003
Curator, “Starting Fires” Lesbian Artists Group Show at ASpace Gallery, 2002


BOARD AND COMMITTEE EXPERIENCE

Africa Gallery Advisory Committee member, Royal Ontario Museum, 2004 - 2007.
Board Member, CARFAC Ontario, 2004 - 2006
Jury member, Toronto Arts Council Visual Artists Level 2, 2004
Board Member, ASpace Gallery, 2000 - 2004
Adjudicator, Toronto Arts Council, Arts in the Community Program, 1999 - 2001
Advisor, Community Arts Biennale, 1998 - 2000





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