Book Launch + Conversation: Handbook

Book Launch: HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education

Conversation with Anthea Black, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Fan Wu and members of Queer Publishing Project.

Please join Queer Publishing Project at Art Metropole to celebrate the launch of HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education, edited by Anthea Black and Shamina Chherawala. The launch will begin with a brief conversation between artists and educators Black, Granados, and Wu on queer publishing practices as pedagogy. 

HANDBOOK is a collaborative intervention in art and design pedagogy. It offers faculty a radical rethink on how to work with queer and transgender students on their path to becoming artists and designers – from the first day of school through to seminars, studio classes, and critiques. HANDBOOK draws directly from student experiences to help faculty of all orientations bring equitable teaching practices and queer curricula into art and design classes. Queer Publishing Project is a working group of over 100 students, alumni, staff and faculty at OCAD University and beyond who identify as queer and/or transgender. 

This 112-page publication is produced in a limited edition of 1200 with a gatefold letterpress cover, printed by Nick Shick and Queer Publishing Project, on Vandercook Universal and No. 4 presses. HANDBOOK is designed by Cecilia Berkovic, with illustrations by Morgan Sea, and published by Queer Publishing Project and OCAD University Publications Program. 

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the launch. 


Anthea Black is a Canadian artist, writer, and cultural worker based in San Francisco and Toronto. Her studio work addresses feminist and queer history, collaboration, materiality, and labour and has been exhibited in Canada, the US, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Norway. Black is co-editor of Handbook: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education with Shamina Chherawala and Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade with Nicole Burisch. She is an Assistant Professor in Printmedia and Graduate Fine Arts at California College of the Arts.

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist and writer. His multidisciplinary critical practice spans performance, installation, cultural theory, digital media, public art, and community-based projects. He has presented work in galleries, museums, theatres, artist-run centres and non-traditional sites since 2005 including Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Darling Foundry, Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, and Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts in Helsinki. He completed a Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2012.

Fan Wu is a writer, translator, and community organizer based in Toronto. He has collaborated with 8-11 gallery and Art Metropole on a series of workshops, which combine close reading of theory & prose with collective workshops of creative texts; past themes include masochism, translation, and mourning. His own writing has been published in C Magazine, Arc Magazine, Prefix Photo, and espresso books, and his first chapbook of translations, Hoarfrost & Solace, was published in July 2016. He is devoted to pedagogy both in his role as a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto and in everyday life.

Parallel event: 

OCAD University Launch
100 McCaul Street, 1st floor atrium. 
March 22, 2018 
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm.

OCAD Student Union and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives present HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education to the OCAD Community, with an introduction by writer Francis Tomkins and co-editor Shamina Chherawala.  

Students, alumni, staff, faculty and members of the community are all welcome to attend. 

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Book Launch + Conversation: Handbook

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