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We're excited to announce Ivy Chen, Daria Joyce, Hyunsun Park, and Gabrielle Schwartz as the recipients of the 401 Richmond Illustration Studio Career Launcher.

Instagram: @toadally.ivy

Ivy is a Chinese-Canadian freelance illustrator andcartoonist based in Toronto, Ontario. Drawn to the beauty of traditional mediaand the forgiveness of digital, her work is a lovely marriage of the two.Having been obsessed with wholesome and cute wonders her whole life has left aneverlasting impression, as seen in her whimsical, nostalgic, and usually brightworks. Aside from drawing and writing fun comics, she loves taking naps and hasa weakness for terrible puns. 

Instagram: @dariajoyce

Daria Joyce is a freelance illustrator and designer basedin Vaughan, Ontario. Completing her degree in Illustration at OCADU in Toronto,she is a multi-media artist who thrives in creating interpersonalrelationships, creative problem solving and collaboration. Alongside clientwork and illustration, she is the founder of Super Sensitive, a smallbusiness selling original prints, clothing and more. She is an active member inthe Toronto art community and open to work.

Instagram: @hyunsun.illust
TikTok: @hyunsun.illust

Hi, Iam Hyunsun Park, an emerging illustrator based in Toronto. I use gouache paintto create dream-like snapshots that tell stories about people, includingmyself. My works often carry sociopolitical themes, such as my thesis, FrugalThriving. It is a series of illustrations that each depict aninventive way to live a low-budget, high-quality life into day’s capitalistsociety. 

As a BIPOC andqueer-identifying artist, I value inclusive visual communication that evokesempathy and sparks discussions. With humour and serene aesthetics, I hope tobridge differences and share our common experiences.

Instagram: @gl.schwartz

GabrielleLynn Schwartz is an illustrator based in Burlington, Ontario. She graduatedfrom the Ontario College of Art and Design University with a BDES inIllustration and was awarded the illustration program medal for her thesis“Saccharine Living Things” in spring 2023. Her mediums of choice are dip penand ink, alcohol markers, acrylic gouache, and Adobe CC software. Sheenjoys bringing to life whimsical characters, designing stickers& posters,and trying a wide range of colour palettes. Her works are often influenced byher interests including: watching thriller b-movies, reading comics, anddrinking coffee.

401 Richmond Illustration Studio



OCAD University’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of the 401 Richmond Illustration Studio for graduating Illustration students.

Graduating ILLU students are invited to apply for this opportunity and four (4) successful applicants will be awarded one year of free studio space in 401 Richmond in from June 2023 to May 2024. This is an incredible opportunity to become part of a larger creative community and connect with like-minded creative practitioners. Applications will be reviewed by ILLU Faculty members during the graduating medals and awards process.


The studio will be cleaned and disinfected before move-in. 


June 2023 to May 2024


The OCAD U RBC CEAD is committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions.


Applicants who have concerns about meeting a Career Launcher application deadline are invited to connect with the CEAD in order to discuss possible alternatives. We encourage all who might require assistance with the application process to reach out to determine available support. Outreach of this nature should be undertaken at least one week prior to the published application deadline.


401 Richmond Street W,
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8


  • Must be an undergraduate Illustration major in their graduating year
  • Must have the intention of being present in the Greater Toronto Area following graduation in order to make regular use of this opportunity


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email)
  • Creative CV
  • A statement of interest that contextualizes your intent to use the studio, and outlines the significance of the opportunity to your creative practice (250 words max)
  • Written confirmation of the two qualifications (Add this following your statement)


Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 8:00 AM ET


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