Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. Each March, they host their annual Being Scene group show. It’s wonderful, one of our favourite art shows in Toronto to attend, and one of the few exhibits with (actually) affordable art to purchase. 

This year’s Being Scene exhibit will showcase more than 100 artworks, representing 66 artists in the GTA. Many of the artists have created work that speaks to a mental health and/or addiction issue—be it in their own lives, or a comment on society at large. Many consider their art to be an important outlet for their mental health.  

“These artists give shape to compelling ideas and narratives, covering a wide range of conceptual and material approaches from diverse experiences,” reads the event description. We wholeheartedly agree.

Last year’s show was incredibly impactful, providing much insight into complex issues like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, related to much of the work, and have continued to follow several of the artists whose work we were introduced to. 

Beyond the free exhibition, there are some additional ticketed events, including an Anti-Oppression & Inclusivity in The Arts workshop. Check the Workman Arts site for more details. 

Being Scene exhibit is happening at the Toronto Media Arts Centre from March 7-26. Opening Reception is Saturday, March 7, 2-5PM. The gallery is open daily 12-5. FREE.