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inTENSION: a video residency reflecting on ten years of youth programming

In 2009 - ten years after the official launch of the Teens Behind The Scenes program at the Art Gallery of Ontario - six previous participants of the AGO’s youth program have dedicated themselves to a second life at the gallery through video art.

Taking inspiration from the newly transformed gallery, we have helped one another form storyboards, give feedback, and learn new skills. We have created: a comparison of beauty in drawing and the application of make-up, a psychological thriller through an elevator, a questioning of honour and the role of the hero, a stop-motion ballet number, a journey through Gehry’s spiral staircase at the AGO and an accelerated journey through time and space.

Lead Artist: Sarah Sharkey Pearce

Sarah Sharkey Pearce is a documentary filmmaker and art educator. Her work ranges from experimental to participatory to formal and documents people and the communities in which they live. Her most recent projects include; TEN (2008) a short doc. that chronicles the impact of S.O.Y on the lives of queer and trans people in Toronto, and This Is My House (2006) a participatory documentary about youth homelessness and art as a tool for social change made with Sketch Working Arts and the City of Toronto. Her films have screened at Inside Out, COMMFFEST, and in educational settings across Canada.

Sarah is the Program Coordinator at Charles Street Video, a non-profit, artist-run centre located in downtown Toronto. In this position she works with organizations and community groups to design and facilitate educational media projects.

Charles Street Video

Charles Street Video (CSV) is a non-profit production organization established in 1981 to help support media artists. We provide affordable access to equipment and software for creating videos, films and other media art forms as well as offer regular workshops, training sessions and residencies. CSV also commissions artists to create new works and sponsors a variety of youth oriented production programs and post-secondary scholarships. We actively participate in local exhibitions of media art through our partnerships with arts organizations and grassroots festivals.

For 10 years, the AGO’s Youth Council has met weekly at the Gallery to design programming that is relevant and responds to the needs of youth in the Greater Toronto Area.


Lead Sponsor:

Generously supported by:

  • The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation

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