PLATFORM is excited to announce a round of hybrid spring studio visits! These visits are with Anna Binta Diallo (MB), Michelle Jacques (SK) and Chelsea Yuill (BC). 

Let us know who you would like to meet with, and we will do our best to pair you up with your chosen artist/curator. Each artist/curator will meet with four artists. As there are limited spots available, studio visits with be book on a first-come-first serve basis. Slots for this round of studio visits are full.

Once your visit has been confirmed, your email address will be shared with the curator who will be visiting you. In advance of your visit, you will be asked to provide them with a CV, bio, artist statement, and a max of 20 images or links to your website(s). 

Once paired up, the artist/curator will contact you  to set up a date and time for your meeting. 

Anna Binta Diallo is a multidisciplinary visual artist who explores themes of memory and nostalgia to create unexpected works about identity. She was born in Dakar (Senegal), grew up in Saint-Boniface (Manitoba) and lived more than fifteen years in Montreal/Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally (Finland, Senegal, Mali, Taiwan, and Germany). She is the recipient of several awards, prizes and distinctions, notably from the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2021, she won the Barbara Sphor Memorial Prize and received the Black Designers of Canada Award of Excellence. In 2022, she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Her works are part of numerous public and private collections. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, on Treaty 1, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples and the Métis Nation. She is represented by Towards Gallery in Toronto.

Michelle Jacques is a curator and educator. She is currently the Head of Exhibitions and Collections/Chief Curator at Remai Modern, which is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of Métis, in the city known as Saskatoon. Previously, she was the Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia for 8 years; before that, she held curatorial positions in the contemporary and Canadian departments at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. She has also worked as the Director of Programming at the Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and taught writing, art history and curatorial studies at NSCAD University, the University of Toronto Mississauga, OCAD University, and the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently the president of the board of directors of the Association of Art Museum Curators and the AAMC Foundation.

Chelsea Yuill is a curator whose practice aims to connect the public with contemporary art practices in transformative and thought-provoking ways. Her curatorial projects include the exhibitions 88 Artists from 88 Years (2017), and Intertwined (2018) both at Emily Carr University of Art + Design; and EAT YOUR TAIL, Access Gallery (2020). Since 2019, Yuill has been the Assistant Curator at Capture Photography Festival where she’s coordinated four annual catalogues, and nearly forty public art projects. With curatorial projects including artists such as: Elisabeth Belliveau, Rydel Cerezo, Yumna Al-Arashi, Simon Bermeo-Ehmann, Celia Perrin Sidarous, Mahmoud El Safadi, Michelle Bui, Joseph Maida, Alex Gibson, and Meganelizabeth Diamond. Here and Now, a group exhibition for Capture Photography Festival (2023) is her most recent co-curatorial project with Emmy Lee Wall, Executive Director, Capture.

She was a mentee in the Momus Emerging Critics Residency (2021), and has written for ReIssue (2021), and for Gillian Haigh: the change that weakens the hour, Monica Reyes Gallery (2023). Yuill holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2019), and is based in so-called Vancouver on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


Each month, we invite PLATFORM member’s who are interested in all things analog to join us for this meetup, with guidance from Alexis Aurora, Alyssa Bornn, Sarah Fuller or Daisy Wu! This drop-in is intended for lens-based artists who are interested in learning more about analog processes, skill sharing and working in our darkrooms. No previous experience is required to attend. All are welcome. One of our facilitators will walk you through both our darkrooms and answer any questions you may have about our facilities and equipment.

Paper and chemicals will be provided. Please bring your own black and white negative if you’d like to try making a print.

Darkroom drop-in falls on the last Saturday of each month, with the exception of holidays and long weekends, from 12PM – 3PM.

Next Darkroom Drop-In dates are:

29 April

24 June

29 July

If you have any questions about this, please email PLATFORM staff directly: programming@platformcentre.org


Good Enough Documentation  
21 January

Learn best practices, tips and tricks on how to document your work, led by Elise Dawson (MB).



30 October + 22 April

PLATFORM and MAWA partnered to co-present a two part Solargraphy workshop led by Brenda Stuart (MB). This workshop was split into two sessions to allow the pinhole cameras to expose over the winter. The results of the pinhole cameras will then be on view at MAWA, in an exhibition, from April 28 (to coincide with world pinhole day on April 30) to May 26, 2023.

5 June
PLATFORM and La Maison des artistes partnered to co-present POLAROID PLAY, a workshop led by Annie France Noël (NB). This workshop explored experimental approaches to working with polaroid film including lift techniques, bleaching and alternative printing. 

Seedling Giveaway
14 May
A Seedling giveaway facilitated by Katherine Boyer, with an excerpt from Robin Wall Kimerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass to discuss in conjunction with How the Sky Carries the Sun.

Studio Visits
6 April
PLATFORM and the School of Art teamed up to offer photo and media based artists one-on-one online studio visits with the School of Art Gallery’s Visiting Curators: Grace Deveney (Chicago, IL), Shalaka Jadhav (ON & YT), and Lillian O’Brien Davis (ON).

Orwell’s Roses Reading Group 
09 February

A virtual reading group in conjunction with Karen Kraven’s commissioned exhibition Hoist, facilitated by the artist.


Studio Visits
06 November  
Online virtual Studio Visits with Adrienne Huard (MB), Erika DeFreitas (ON) and Layne Hinton (ON).

Anthotypes at Home
10 & 24 June  
A two part virtual anthotype workshop that explored the eco-friendly plant-based process using tumeric and plants from in and around the home.

Studio Visits
16 June  
Online virtual Studio Visits with Blair Fornwald (MB), Eileen Rae Walsh (UK) and Laurie Kang (ON).

Artist Statement Writing Workshop 2.0
20 May  
Luther Konadu led a virtual workshop to help participants develop and evolve their existing artist statements.

Studio Visits
10 February  
Online virtual Studio Visits with Eli Hirtle (BC), Nasrin Himada (MB) and Penelope Smart (ON).

Virtual Cyanotype Workshop
06 February

Another virtual cyanotype workshop! We will be taking you through the basic cyanotype process, printing on experimental materials such as plywood, canvas and more – experimentation is encouraged.


Virtual Cyanotype Workshop
05 December

A virtual cyanotype workshop! We will be taking you through the basic cyanotype process, printing on experimental materials such as plywood, canvas and more – experimentation is encouraged.

Outdoor Drop In Cyanotype Workshop
26 September

An afternoon of creating Cyanotypes in Old Market Square.

Studio Visits
25 September 

Online virtual Studio Visits with Amy Ash (NB), Lori Blondeau (MB) and Crystal Mowry (ON).

Studio Visits
30 June 

Online virtual Studio Visits with Raymond Boisjoly (BC), Rose Bouthillier (SK) and Alyssa Fearon (MB).

Studio Visits
10 May

Online virtual Studio Visits with Felicia Gay (SK), Kegan McFadden (BC) and Jennifer Smith (MB).


Exploratory Film Processing Workshop
25 May

A film processing workshop that embraced two fun and exploratory approaches to image making—Caffenol film processing and colour film processing.

Darkroom Essentials Workshop
4-5 May

Black-and-white photographic darkroom printing: developing film, printing contact sheets and printing images.

Darkroom Essentials Workshop
23-24 February

Black-and-white photographic darkroom printing: developing film, printing contact sheets and printing images.


A Workshop with Bridget Moser
24 May

Bridget Moser lead a workshop covering the artistic potential of movement, speech, writing and performing. These different skills were examined though exercises enabling the participants to mine subconscious ideas for creation (automatic writing, continuous improvised speech and movement, etc).

Darkroom Essentials Workshop
24-25 February

Brought participants up to speed on the basics of black-and-white photographic darkroom printing over two days, covering: developing film, printing contact sheets and printing images.


GIF Making Workshop with Jeremy Pavka
27 May

This workshop taught the basics of GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) making. First exploring the history of the still life including the GIF, participants left with the know how of GIF creation. Using ideas of simple stop-motion animation, instructor Jeremy Pavka demonstrated how to use still life photographs to create animated representations.

Experimental Darkroom Workshop
29/30 APRIL

Participants learned the basics of three camera-less printing methods: photograms, cyanotypes, and Van Dykes.


Artist Book Workshop
10 December

Highlighting the indefinability that defines artist books, Letch Kinloch worked with participants to explore ideas about what makes an artist book an artist book, and encouraged the creation of new titles.

Darkroom Essentials Workshop
26–27 November

Brought participants up to speed on the basics of black-and-white photographic darkroom printing over two days, covering: developing film, printing contact sheets and printing images.