The Gathering – meet our visual artists!

The Gathering
IBPOC Women and the Arts: Thinking and exploring the ways towards increased inclusion in the Arts Sector 

The Gathering Fall 2019 IBPOC Women and the Arts will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of working toward with the further inclusion of IBPOC women in the Arts sector. Held over a day, the convening will feature showcase performances, plenary sessions and networking with artists and organizations asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices. Aimed at providing professional development, building organizational and artistic capacity, we aspire to enliven the many ways in which IBPOC women in positions of leadership can speak to many perspectives in the arts, and how these intersect with and provide public impact.

The Gathering will begin with an art exhibition reception on December 4  at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. The exhibition features work by Emily Jung, Vero Diaz, Diane Montreuil and Florence Yee; their work comes from a diverse set of practices rooted in their identity as women IBPOC artists.

VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION | December 2 – 8 |  918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5)

FREE EXHIBITION RECEPTION | December 4 | 6pm – 8pm | 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5) | Free admission to the exhibition (cash bar during the opening)

PLENARIES, SHOWCASE, READINGS | December 5 | 10am – 5pm | Transac Club (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7) | Tickets: General Admission $20 | Students/Seniors/Under-employed $15



Artists bios: 

Emily Jung is an emerging visual artist and arts administrator working with a focus on Canada’s non-for-profit cultural sector. She has a B.A. in Arts Management and Visual Arts at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. Emily is interested in creating images and videos that explore intersectionality and identities.


Vero Diaz is an artist and a medicine womxn from multiple blood streams of Indigenous Nations from Turtle Island -Anahuac -Abya Yala as well of North Africa and Spain. She works with photography as a Codice (Codex); as living text and mnemonic device for Indigenous Futurisms. Photographs act as living images suspended in time for any one to witness and activate. Her desire is to co-create moments of stillness that are both timeless and time full.

She also enjoys being a writer, and spiritual interdisciplinary artist who works in the realm of magic realism and futurism. She is founder and director of Phoenix Rising Studio where she is developing a visionary art process to heal from ancestral wounds and empower ourselves from present day realities with mystical storytelling.

Florence Yee is a 2.5 generation, Cantonese-struggling visual artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Their interest in Cantonese-Canadian history has informed an art practice examining diasporic subjectivities through the lens of gender, racialization, queerness and language.

Notable exhibitions include Sino(n)-Québécoise? at Centre Never Apart and Le Salon at Articule, as well as exhibitions at the Gardiner Museum (2019), A Space (2019), Art Mûr (2018), the Karsh-Masson Gallery (2017), Studio XX (2016). They have participated in residencies at the Gay Archives of Quebec, the John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery, La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, the Ottawa School of Art, and the Concordia Fine Arts Reading Room.

In 2019, they co-founded the Institute of Institutional Critique™ with Mattia Zylak. Having graduated with a BFA from Concordia University, they are now pursuing an MFA at OCAD U in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design as a SSHRC recipient and Delaney Scholar. They are represented by Studio Sixty-Six.

Diane Montreuil was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec.  She studied Interior Design at Old Montreal College where some of her projects were published in numerous design magazines such as “Les Idees de ma Maison”, “Decormag” & “Chez Soi”.    Diane now lives in the Greater Toronto area. Diane grew up in a creative and entrepreneurial family. At a young age her parents enrolled her to “Les Beaux Arts” for young kids.  Enmeshed in her world of creation she became a self-taught artist over the years. Captivated by the Arts in all its shapes and forms & her love for Landscapes, where scenes seemed to magically come together, in later time Diane discovered and understood why her life came together after discovering that she was a Metis on both sides of her family.

In 2017, Diane was invited to be part of the French Indigenous docents at the Royal Ontario Museum for the exhibition called Anishinaabe: Art & Power.  Unfolding over the many months after that, she exhibited her work in Ontario Galleries. Her works were exhibited in 2017-2018, in the Gallery of the Artist’s Network in collaboration with Art Gallery Ontario & Royal Ontario Museum.

Involved with women entrepreneurs at OASIS, Diane was nominated in 2018 – Indigenous Woman of March. She displayed her paintings, celebrated on International women’s day. Continuing in 2018 at the French Alliance of Toronto in the Pierre-Leon Gallery her exhibition called “Celebration of the Call of the Elders to Inner Peace” was well received.  Diane was the Indigenous guess artist in 2018 for the Latornell Environment Symposium.

Her unfolding works with the Toronto Catholic District School Board with teachers and their students brought her to be nominated amongst other “Woman of Influence”.  In 2019 Diane was invited by the TCDSB to create a fabric mural called “Reconcili-Action” with the special needs department students which included 15 schools.

Diane has been a very active woman doing different Art classes at the TCDSB since 2019 (where she has worked with over 25 schools).   She is amongst the invited judges in October 2019 to be part of a Juried Student Art selection at the TCDSB.

In 2019 Diane received a Grant from OAC (Ontario Art Council) in collaboration with the Woodland Cultural Centre. Many interviews were done by journalists in Ontario in regard of her exhibitions. Recently Diane was designated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board as their Knowledge Keeper in Residence. Since her few exhibitions at the Artist’s Network Gallery Diane have a seat on the Board of Education since last March of 2019.