2019-2024: Research Fellow supervising master’s students in Art Education at NSCAD University, Nova Scotia
February – April 2021: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROJECT: The Art of Conversation a creative community-based isolation connection project in collaboration with/funded by Community Care for Seniors and the Prince Edward Arts Council.
Publication - travelling mattes, Toronto: WIAprojects.
Jan 2021- Dec. 2021: COVID-19 Pedagogies is a collaborative creation research project led by Dr. Pam Patterson, Assistant Professor, TIS, Faculty of Art, with Daniel Payne, OCAD U Library and UGRA Angie Ma and web designer Marta Chudolinska. It is being funded by an OCAD U Seed Grant. Researchers have been exploring the generative potential of working in joyful, vulnerable, and committed communities of practice. Accepting anxiety as a given, as inherent in creative making, and during this pandemic, they are exploring mutually supportive pedagogies among themselves, with Gallery 1313, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, and with OCADU and University of Manitoba students. Creating a resource rich environment for learning, they are developing curricular resources and teaching and learning models that are being articulated as individually expressive research results. The project is developing an OCAD U Library Libguide entitled COVID-19 Pedagogies.
Funding: Seed Engage Grant OCAD University ($5000, PI -2019), Ontario Arts Council ($750).
Dissemination: “Thinking together: (Pre)Post-pandemic research in remote art education learning” We Connect We ReCollect Symposium (OCAD University & Ontario Tech), (panel presentation) (2021); COVID-19 Anxiety: Locating Culture, Refuge and Loss, Art & Visual Culture - Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (2021).
COVID Pedagogies: Tools, Content & Strategies (2021) https://ocadu.libguides.com/covid_pedagogies/Home
July 2020 – April 2021 COVID-19 anxiety: Investigating social and political implications of “location,” “refuge,” and “loss” in the Anthropocene. “COVID-19 anxiety” is an intensively collaborative creation-research project among artists, Dr. Pam Patterson (PI), Assistant Professor (TIS), FoA, OCADU; Daniel Payne, Head of Reference & Instructional Services, Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCADU; and Dr. Joanna Black, Professor, Art Education, University of Manitoba (cross-appointed to School of Art) that investigates how COVID-19 pandemic anxieties discern and exacerbate the social and political implications of “location,” “refuge,” and “loss” in the Anthropocene. Running parallel to, but independent of, an online summer OCADU course “Materials and the Anthropocene,” researchers leverage the generative potential of their mentorship of, and synchronised intense activity with, emerging artists. Through a series of researcher activities: public talks and internal shared exchanges, reflections, and literature responses, the four (including the UGRA) reflect from, and speak to their particular locations (as queer, disabled, POC etc.) investigating their unique experiences and procreant use of COVID-19 anxieties. Mimicking the intense isolation and anxiety perpetuated in/by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project produced an online website and a public exhibition at Gallery 1313, Toronto. http://www.covid19anxiety.ca/index.html
Ontario Arts Council Deaf & Disabilities Materials Grant ($1,000 PI 2020),
Seed Enable Grant, OCADU ($5,000 PI 020).
Canada Council for the Arts - Strategic Funds and Initiatives Digital Originals COVID -19 Grant ($5,000 PI 2020).
Creative Works Project Grant for “COVID-19 Anxiety in the Age of the Anthropocene”, University of Manitoba ($5,000 Joanna Black PI 2020).
$1,000 Manitoba Arts Council grant for “COVID-19 anxiety in the age of the Anthropocene”, Joanna Black (PI).
“COVID Anxiety in the Age of the Anthropocene: Creation Research”, Kana Wain Dida Virtual International Gathering facilitated by Kitatipithitamak Mithwayawin, University of Manitoba (panel presentation) speaking alongside Indigenous and First Nations communities to develop culturally appropriate resources for managing the many challenges caused by the pandemic.
“COVID-19 Anxiety: Location, Refuge and Loss” for Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) (panel presentation) with Daniel Payne & Joanna Black.
COVID-19 Anxiety http://www.covid19anxiety.ca/index.html
2017-March 2020: Land Liminality Loss. Often historical and contemporary crises and the impact of related trauma on bodies is as a result of an inherited colonial legacy. This construction is about power. Many who were able to flee and/or were lured to Canada bear the trappings of the rewards they reaped from this place to which they migrated. But didn’t the acquisition of privilege and power have something to do with why they/we left in the first place? Troubled by this complex relationship Angie Ma, Pam Patterson, Leila Talei and Vicky Talwar, as settler/immigrants, in exhibition and conversation, occupied a problematic liminal space. Exhibition OCADU Sept 2019.
Faculty of Art, OCADU & Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council ($500, 2019)
Land – LIMINALITY- Loss as exhibition: Troubling settler identities of/as (de) colonial practices. In Canadian Art Teacher, 17, (2).
Storying Loss: A Critical Analysis Process for/as Pedagogy. Presentation/Dissemination: Teaching Expo OCADU January 2020
UNESCO's Arts Education Exhibition (online) CSAE/InSEA, 2020.
2017- present: A battered ship, undiminish’d… Research residency (Shankill Castle, Ireland) explored a familial thematic around intergenerational trauma, age, and language - of origin and in relation to disability culture - within a Canadian immigrant body. Art education exchange with Butler Gallery, Kilkenny and VISUAL, Carlow.
Funding: Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance ($500).
Dissemination: Process Gallery exhibit @ Gallery 1313, Toronto, 2018.
2014-2020: The Universities’ Conundrum: Addressing Equity and Diversity (linked projects in collaboration with Dr. Joanna Black, University of Manitoba) Dissemination: Sex/ism:ECHoes & ‘ReVERBS’@ Ivory Towers ( by Joanna Black curated by Pam Patterson for WIAprojects, OISE/UT 2016); Talking Wellness OCAD U! 2018/19 arts-informed narrative research with the Health and Wellness Centre, OCADU, exhibit at Learning Zone & Teaching Expo FCDC, OCAD U; Access/Service OCADU… (narrative environmental scan with ODESI/Faculty of Art OCADU 2015-16); How are U OCADU? arts-informed research on/for institutional change (Faculty of Art/FCDC, OCADU 2014-15).
Funding: Faculty of Art, OCADU.
Dissemination: CWSE Gallery Gallery, OISE/UT
2012: Locations/Dislocations/Border Crossings: An “Erotic” Affair? As Dir./curator presented artists of varying backgrounds whose work was representative of complex cultural relations. Artists spoke of disruption and adjustment, of a sense of place and a lack-thereof. These artists, however, chose to present these issues in innovative ways – in ways that asked questions and addressed sometimes hidden and yet important issues. Both artists and discussants spoke of the ambivalence of artists and how such ambivalence is addressed in cultural works. In all these art works, however, there was a common theme around a relation to space and a need to relate to one solid and unwavering culture. Many diasporic artists and cultural workers expressed a need to be accepted within their traditional cultural communities. They yearn to close the gap between self and origin and between physical space and cultural representation.
Funding: Jackman Humanities Fellowship for the Arts, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts, Toronto Arts Council.
Dissemination: Exhibits, panels, screenings at University of Toronto St George and UTSC campuses. Published as monograph by WIAprojects.
2012-2014: Food=Need: Food is a basic human need. It shapes desires and obsessions and yields many kinds of enjoyment and pain. One can explore food from diverse perspectives seeing it both as an object produced and consumed and also as the means and symbol of our human relations. The diversity of what we eat (and don’t eat) and of how food is produced and shared shapes cultures, communities, and nations. Refracted through language, culture, and media, food is a central lens for exploring the patterns of our interaction. Hunger, as an index of poverty and of environmental disaster, provides a reversed lens with which we can explore justice and ethics. How we get what we eat, from near and far, is basic to ways of inhabiting places on the earth and relating to each other. Dissemination: Both Food=Need (Davenport Perth Community Health Center, Stop 103 and WIAprojects.
Funding: Toronto Arts Council & DPNCHC) & Food=Need OCADU (Funded by the Faculty of Art, OCADU) were linked events that explored these issues and their effect on the lives and work of individuals and artists in particular.
Published in Canadian Theatre Review (2015)
Curating Live Arts: Critical Perspectives, Essays, and Conversations on Theory and Practice (2018).
2007- 2014: Trans/gressive pedagogy (in process) - OISE/University of Toronto. Performance: The Body grotesque as trans/gressive site/sight, Memorial University (2008); Performing Trans/gressive Pedagogy for Lesley University (2007), UAAC conference (2007), gender/TROUBLING for Ontario College of Art and Design (XPACE) (2008), Rethinking a Trans-abled aesthetic paradigm? CSEA (2011), OCAD University, (2010).
2006 - 2014: Performance as Pedagogy: Exploring performance as a site/strategy for learning research and curricking. The High End of the Experiential: Grounding Performance Pedagogy. Performance Pedagogy Symposium, OCAD University (2010); Pause and play: is this the “um” in curriculum? Centre for Arts- Informed Research, OISE University of Toronto & University of Victoria (2006); Dioramas in the "flesh": Performing (as) feminist pedagogy for women and health, Pauline Jewett Institute for Women’s Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.
2010 - 2013: Interpretive Languages 2010-11 (CSEA) with Boyd White (McGill), Austin Clarkson (York U. ret.) and Phillip Rostek (Pittsburg, ret.). Research on teaching and learning using interpretation as an integral part of art education practice. Recent work juxtaposes the use of biography, empathy and aesthetics in classroom practice.
2001-2012: The Rhetoric of the Body. Research which addresses the body as site for research and interpretation for study of disability & chronic illness through performance as educational strategy. Chaired panel for UAAC (2003): Women and Performance: Praxis and Pedagogy, Body as Site (Sight) for Goddard College, Vermont (2003) & 7A*11D International Performance Festival, Toronto; Body as Insight/site (2004), Trent University; Bodysight: A Reclamation Project, Goddard (2004); Cellu(h)er Resistance: The Body with/out Organs ? FADO, Xpace Gallery, Toronto (2008); Lighthouse (a series), Aceartinc, PlugIn ICA (Winnipeg), DeLeon White, Gibralter Point (Toronto) (2009); Swallowtail Light, Glenora Crossing, LATE (2010), Squat (2011/12).