EDUCATION

2013   OCAD University, BFA, Major in Criticism and Curatorial Practice

2011    Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Mobility/Exchange Student, Art History Department 

2008  Toronto School of Art, Independent Studio Program.  Advisors: Iris Haeussler and Lyla Rye

2006  Toronto School of Art, Fine Art Diploma 


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES

2017     Two-Person exhibition with Aaron Murphy, you me gallery, Hamilton.

2016     Swarm, Annual Members Exhibition, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton; The Mending Lounge, Craft Ontario, Toronto

2015     YMG Invitational, you me gallery, Hamilton; Tara Bursey: Selected Illustrations, Hammer City Records, Hamilton

2014     Market Value, Hamilton Farmer’s Market, Hamilton

2013     Swarm, Annual Members Exhibition, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton; Art is the Word, The Bank, Eye, Suffolk, UK; Fear of Punk//Fear of Art, Communication Art Gallery, Toronto; The End (Seven Samurai), Gallery 1313 Window Box, Toronto; GradEX Medal Winners Exhibition, Great Hall, OCAD University, Toronto

2012     // The Annual //, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (Curated by Noa Bronstein and Deborah Wang)This We Know..., Planet IndigenUS Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Under 30 at 30, The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto; Eyelevel Re-Shelving Initiative: 5, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2011     Heir/Looms, Studio Beluga, Montreal (Curated by Nicole Dawkins)Paradise Lost, Fly Gallery, Toronto; The Wunderkabinet 3: The Reading Raum, Etsy Labs Berlin, GER; (Pop)Corn Maze, Dundas Square, Toronto; Berlin; The Wunderkabinet 2, La Bastellerie, Berlin

2010     Fresh, Local, Craft!, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto; The Wunderkabinet, La Bastellerie, Berlin, GER; Drawing on Washi:  The Presence of the Void, The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto; Eyelevel Re-shelving Initiative: 4, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax; Body + Object, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto

2009     Lookit, Lookit, Lookit, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (Curated by Melanie Egan)Cluster, Launch Projects, Toronto; paperwork/foodwork, poplar.gallery online; Elemental Connections, Saskatchewan Crafts Council, Saskatoon (Curated by Arlene Gehring)

2008     City of Craft (Off-Site Installation), League of Lovers and Thieves, Toronto; Elemental Connections, Alberta Crafts Council, Edmonton (Curated by Arlene Gehring)Washi Lockdown and Auction, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto; World Washi Summit Juried Exhibition, Toronto School of Art, Toronto; Pleasure-Purpose, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto (Curated by Janna Hiemstra); Insecurity Blanket, Fly Gallery, Toronto; Eyelevel Re-shelving Initiative: 3, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax; Elemental Connections, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto (Curated by Arlene Gehring)

2007     Canzine 2007 (Room Installation), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto; Elemental Connections, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto (Curated by Arlene Gehring)Zine Soup, Teflon Til Chefen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Response, Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto; Sex Pots II, Prime Gallery, Toronto 

2006     Holiday Show and Auction, Bobby Five Gallery, Toronto; Love Potion Project, Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto

2005     The Drawing Show, Eastern Front Gallery, Toronto; Collide-O-Scope, Gallery 61, Toronto, 


ARTIST’S MARKETS AND AUCTIONS

Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair, Hamilton Central YWCA, Hamilton (2014); Canzine, 918 Bathurst Community Centre, Toronto (2013); Zine Dream, TRANZAC Club, Toronto (2009-10, 2012); City of Craft, The Theatre Centre, Toronto (2009); Artists Flea Market, Katherine Mulherin Art Projects, Toronto (2008); Shadow Box Exhibition and Auction, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto (2007-11); Artists Proof Sale and Open House, Open Studio, Toronto (2005)


CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2018   Curator, What Is Seen and What Cannot Be Seen (working title), Various Installations in Public, Hamilton, Art & Social Strata Conference (Forthcoming)

2017     Curator, Labour and Love Film Program (for Factory Media Centre), Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Hamilton 

2015     Guest Curator, Repair Centre, Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery, Toronto; Curator, On The Waterfront, Pier 8, Hamilton Winterfest, Hamilton, Ontario (Forthcoming); Co-Curator (with Melissa Bennett), Things Made Here: The Collection of Glen Faulman, AGH Design Annex, Hamilton

2014     Organizer, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative in Hamilton, Multiple Venues, Hamilton; Co-Curator (with Melissa Bennett), Meryl McMaster: In-Between Worlds, AGH Design Annex; Curator, Winterlore, Pier 8, Hamilton Winterfest, Hamilton, Ontario

2013     Co-Curator (with Phil Anderson), Telling: An Audio Survey of Parkdale, Gallery 1313, Toronto; Co-Curator (with Ben Needham), Fear of Punk, Exhibitions in Toronto/Hamilton; Programmer, Gallery 1313 Window Box, Toronto; Curator/Publisher, Father Knowledge, Mother Tongue, BFA Thesis, OCAD University, Toronto

2010     Curator, Love and Money, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto

2008-10     Curator, The Portable Library Project, Exhibitions at the Regional Assembly of Text, Vancouver; Roberts Street Social Centre, Halifax and Mixed Media, Hamilton         

2009     Installation Coordinator, City of Craft 2009, Toronto; Curator, Home and Away (and In-Between), The Great Hall, Toronto; Co-Curator (with Stephanie Cormier), Po-lar-i-ty, Launch Projects, Toronto

2007-08     Programmer, She Said Boom! Window Space, Toronto


EMPLOYMENT + VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE + ACTIVITIES

Present   Program Coordinator, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Hamilton; Curriculum Coordinator, Multigenerational Arts in the Classroom (with Red Tree Collective), Prince of Wales School, Hamilton

2017   Juror, 150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival, Factory Media Centre, Hamilton

2016-17   Contributing Writer and Editor, Critical Superbeast

2013-16   Curatorial Committee Member, James Street North Supercrawl, Hamilton  

2015-16   Volunteer, Textile Society of America (2016 Symposium), Berkeley, CA

2014    Curator-In-Residence, Artasia 2014: Regeneration, Culture for Kids in the Arts, Hamilton; Collective Member, Pulling Strings

2013    Curatorial Assistant, UnArchive/Stairmasters, Youngplace Inaugural Exhibitions, Toronto; Community History Researcher, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto Artscape, Toronto; Administrative Assistant, Toronto School of Art, Toronto; Contributing Curator, Gallery 1313, Toronto; Juror, First Capital Realty Award, OCAD University, Toronto; Co-organizer, She Said Boom Feminist Zine Symposium, Multiple Venues, Toronto, Ontario

2012-13    Project Assistant, Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Ontario

2011-12    Contributor, Toronto Craft Alert http://www.torontocraftalert.ca 

2009   Performer, Bouncing Bride: What Goes Down Must Come Up by Cathy Gordon, Nuit Blanche, The Music Gallery, Toronto

2008   Juror, City of Craft 2008, Toronto, Ontario

2006-09   Core Member, Toronto Zine Library Collective

2006    Exhibition Guide/Performer, The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach by Iris Haeussler, 105 Robinson Street, Toronto


AWARDS

2016   City of Hamilton, Emerging Artists Grant, City Enrichment Fund 2016

2013    OCAD University, OCAD University Medal, Criticism and Curatorial Practice; Nora E. Vaughan Award; First Capital Realty Criticism and Curatorial Practice Award; Spoke Club Membership Prize

2012    OCAD University, Art Works Art School and Gallery Scholarship, Criticism and Curatorial Practice

2011    OCAD University, George A. Reid Scholarship, Criticism and Curatorial Practice

2010  OCAD University, George A. Reid Scholarship, Liberal Studies/Writing

2008    World Washi Summit Juried Exhibition, Toronto School of Art, Best in Show

2007    Toronto School of Art, ISP Award

2005    Toronto School of Art, Matthew David Stein Memorial Scholarship

2004    Toronto School of Art, Barbara Barrett Scholarship


ARTIST’S TALKS + WORKSHOPS + CONFERENCES

2017     Guest Artist/Workshop Facilitator, Prince of Wales Elementary School, Hamilton; Guest Artist/Workshop Facilitator, Zine-Making, Sitelines Program, Centre3, Hamilton.

2016   Guest Lecturer, Visual Culture Inquiry ARTSSCI 4VC3, McMaster University, Hamilton; Presenter, Jacqueline Stories: Newfoundland Stories of Work (and No Work) in Cloth and Contemporary Art, Textile Society of America Symposium 2016: Land, Labour and the Port, Savannah, GA, Organizer, Erick Lyle Streetopia Launch and Community Talk, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Hamilton

2015    Panel Discussion (Moderator), On The Waterfront, Hamilton Winterfest, Waterfront Trust Centre, Hamilton

2014    Guest Educator, HWDSB SHSM Curatorial Techniques, Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts, Hamilton; Guest Lecturer, Criticism and Curatorial Practice Thesis, OCAD University, Toronto; PresenterPulling Strings:  Textiles, Community and DIY in Post-Industrial Hamilton, Textile Society of America Symposium 2014: New Directions, Los Angeles, CA; Guest Educator, HWDSB SHSM, Curatorial Techniques, Hill Park Secondary School, Hamilton; Panel Discussion, Market Value, Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton; Guest Lecturer, Textiles Studio Seminar, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario 

2013    Panel Discussion, Generation Z(ine) (Moderator), XPACE, Toronto; Cheesecake, Trampoline Hall Lecture Series, The Garrison, Toronto, Ontario 

2010    Make a Zine! A Workshop for Beginners, Wise Daughters Craft Market, Toronto

2009    Zine Libraries 101, London Public Library (Central Branch), London, Ontario

2008    Zine-Making for Social Change, Ladyfest Toronto, St. Stephens-in-the-Fields Church, Toronto; Artist’s Talk, Toronto School of Art, Toronto

2007    Panel Discussion, Elemental Connections, Lennox Gallery, Toronto; Artist’s Talks, Toronto School of Art, Toronto; An Introduction to Zines, William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute, Toronto; Make a Zine! A Workshop for Beginners, Global Citizenship Conference, WLU, Waterloo; Make a Zine! A Workshop for Beginners, Toronto Zine Library/TRANZAC, Toronto, Ontario

2006    The Value of Art:  Selling Your Work with Integrity, Toronto School of Art, Toronto; Zines: A Short History of the Underground Publication, Toronto School of Art, Toronto


PUBLISHED WORK

2017     Exhibition Text, WhiteFeather, Function Keys Symposium, Centre3, Hamilton; Contributor, Critical Superbeast Blog

2016    Feature, Drawing the (Picket) Line: Sherman Avenue workers' history recorded in the new comic Showdown! Making Modern Unions, Sherman Hub News, Hamilton (print); Exhibition Text, Stephanie Cormier: Toolbox in the Head, Open Studio Toronto, Ontario (print); Colin Lyons: Right to Ruin, Centre3, Hamilton, Ontario (print)

2015    Illustration, MRR Art and Comics Issue, Maximumrocknroll, San Francisco, California (print)

2014    Exhibition Text, You Can't Step in the Same River Twice, Hamilton Artist’s Inc, Hamilton, Ontario (print); Illustration, Naziosare, Ediciones ¡Joc-Doc!, Mexico City, Mexico (print)

2013    Curatorial Essay, Telling: An Audio Survey of Parkdale, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario (print); Illustration, MRR Art Page, Maximumrocknroll, San Francisco, California (print)

2012    Catalogue, //The Annual//, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario (web)

2011    Catalogue, Heir/Looms, Studio Beluga, Montreal, Quebec (print); Review, Marian Bantjes: I Wonder, Toronto Craft Alert (web)

2010    Exhibition Text, Odds and Entries, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto, Ontario (print); Catalogue, Quilt of Possibilities, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario (print)

2009    Spot and Cover Illustrations, To Whom in May Concern: A Novel, Doubleday Canada, Toronto 

2008    Catalogue, World Washi Summit 2008, The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto, Ontario (print); Exhibition Catalogue, Pleasure-Purpose, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario (print/web); Artist Commissioned Pin Set, Cheap Dates, The Sweetie Pie Press, Toronto, Ontario

2007    Exhibition Catalogue, Elemental Connections, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario (print/web)

2006    Making Stuff:  An Alternative Craft Book, Black Dog Publishing, London, UK (print); Illustration, Broken Pencil Magazine, Toronto, Ontario (print)


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016    Kenny, Amy. Where did everybody go? WAHC exhibit looks at the absence of workers, The Hamilton Spectator, 06.02.16; Guest, Hamilton Arts Council Living Arts Podcast, 22.11.16

2015    Dick, Terence. Repair Centre at the Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery, Akimblog, Akimbo; Haggo, Regina. An inviting exhibition, The Hamilton Spectator, 31.01.15 

2014    Vegh, Stephanie. Hamilton 2014 Critics Picks, Akimblog, Akimbo; HFZF Interview with Zinesters: Tara Bursey, SACHA’s Blog; Wishnia, Leah, Ed. Interview: Tara Bursey/School Jerks, Happiness Comics, New York, NY (print)

2013    Jax, Aubrey. 10 artists raising the bar for indie culture in Toronto, BlogTO; Oh, Erin. She Said Boom: Building Feminist Resistance Through Zinemaking, Broken Pencil Magazine, Toronto (print); Lang, Alison. Fear of Punk//Fear of Art at Zine Dream 6. Broken Pencil Blog; Bronstien, Noa. Tara Bursey: The End (Seven Samurai), Exhibition Essay, Gallery 1313, Toronto; Tacchini, Giulia. Tara Bursey: Bucce d’aglio come carta, gamberetti come merletti e popcorn messaggeri. Essen Taste Online, Milan, italy; Gerard, Shane. Trampoline Hall Springs Forward. TO Live With Culture Blog

2012    Jersak, Stephen. Record Review: School Jerks LP.  Fast Forward Weekly, Calgary, Alberta (print); Sayej, Nadia.  A Bicycle Built For Zines. T Magazine/New York Times Blog; Sandals, Leah. From the Tara Bursey Files: Notes of Our Cultural Condition (Sort Of), Unedit My Heart Blog

2011    Sandals, Leah. At The Galleries: Cameron House Art Scene, Toronto Posted, National Post Blog; Worth, Liz.  Despite What You’ve Heard, Zines Aren’t Dead, Broken Pencil Magazine, Toronto, Ontario (print)

2010    Stern, Becky.  Shrimp Lace, CRAFT: Blog; Constantini, Manuela. Tara Bursey: food design nel vero senso della perola, Frizzifrizzi Blog. Italy; Lockyer, Brooke. Design Lines Guide: Art History, Design Lines Magazine, Toronto, Ontario (print)

2009    Siddiqui, Tabassum, Bright Lights, Big City of Craft, Torontoist.com; Feature #13: Sweetie Pie Press, Got Craft? Blog; Bricknell, Leslie. Compulsive Viewing, ArtClothText Blog; Jull, Emily.  Intern Top Picks #11, Toronto Craft Alert Blog

2008    Feels, R.A.U.  Making Matters, But So Also Sustainability (Part 2), R.A.U. Feels’ Owen Sound Art Review Blog

2007     Votta, Nicole. Independent Artists Come Together at Canzine, The Sheridan Sun Online, Oakville; Macmillan, Misty-Dawn. Love letters, music and zines at this year’s Canzine, The Strand, Toronto; Kay, Michelle. Zine Libraries:  Alternative Learning Centres with Couches, Broken Pencil Magazine, Toronto (print)

2006    Siddiqui, Tabassum.  Their Mission: Keeping the Zine Alive, Globe and Mail, Toronto (print)