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Charlize Nhung, Detail from Transform In Fringe 2.0, 2018, series of objects as installation through materials of fiber and textiles.

Artists-In-Residence Program in Estonia



OCAD U’s Material Art & Design and Digital Futures programs are pleased to announce that Khadija Aziz, Charlize Nhung and Olivia Prior are the recipients of the scholarship opportunities to participate in Working with Analog/ Digital Materials – Artists-in-Residence Program in Estonia, May 18–22, 2020, in Tallinn, Estonia. 

The residency will bring OCAD U students and/or recent graduates together to work in collaborative duos/teams with students in the Faculty of Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) to explore new practice and materials situated between physical and digital spheres. 

During the residency, participants will be coached by two advisors (one from OCAD U and one from EKA) and will have access to the following studios and labs with support from technicians: 

  • Digital Weaving Studio 
  • Ceramics Studio 
  • Leather Accessory Studio 
  • Digital Prototyping Lab 
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Lab 

More information about facilities available within each studio can be found here

OCAD U International Projects and Partnerships will be supporting the flight and accommodation expenses for three students/graduates to take part in this residency. Participating students/graduates will be responsible for meals and local transit of approximately $12–$20 per day. 

Faculty members from Material Art & Design and Digital Futures will assess the candidates based on the number of applications and compatibility with the opportunity. 


Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) 


Dr. Nithikul Nimkulrat, Associate Professor

Material Art & Design, Faculty of Design

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Khadija Aziz is an award-winning textile artist currently completing her undergraduate thesis in the Material Art & Design Program. She makes glitch art by transforming paintings and photographs using methods of hand and digital manipulation techniques. Through this process, she creates unexpected surface outcomes.  Khadija has been recognized by Craft Ontario and she has recently exhibited in Toronto and Mississauga, and in Fitzroy, Australia.

Charlize Nhung is a Vietnamese-born Canadian artist. She works across disciplines, creating installations, objects, and body jewellery.  With a design background in architecture and art jewellery, she completes a BFA from OCAD University. She has won scholarships and awards, exhibited in Canada, U.S. and Europe. She has received grants for her work from the Canadian Council of the Arts and Ontario Art Council.

Olivia Prior is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and software developer. Her work focuses on the anthropomorphizing of networked objects in public spaces in order to bring awareness to our own interactions with technology. Her interests revolve around the playful interactions that are common in public spaces.

Detail from Influx (Source), digital print of original gouache painting, seed beads, embroidery thread, 2”x3.5", 2019

Khadija Aziz

Investigate No. 5. (2017-2018), cotton with hand-dyed, weaving on loom.

Charlize Nhung

An image of Olivia Prior's thesis project Very Good Benches. The work exaggerates the ideas of "smartness" in technology through a series of benches that are very good at offering seats to the public.

Olivia Prior

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