Workshop, On Site

5 June 2024, 6:00pm ET


What is the role of built environments in realizing the social aspirations of communities? SHEEEP𝓈𝒸𝒽𝑜𝑜𝓁 is an experimental learning space located in T’karonto focused on critical spatial practice. In this guided conversation, SHEEEP𝓈𝒸𝒽𝑜𝑜𝓁 will invite members of the public to consider the needs and visions for third places, a term that refers to crucial multi-use community spaces that are neither home nor workplace. This speculative exercise will encourage audiences to become active participants of spatial practice and to have agency over their own community spaces.


SHEEEP𝓈𝒸𝒽𝑜𝑜𝓁 encourages diverse ways of thinking and doing that aim to shape more just environments. It is a platform for:
• Learning together. Upholding transformative pedagogies, where students and facilitators actively participate in their educational experience.
• Storytelling. Situating our knowledge in relation to the personal, collective, social, political and ecological contexts that surround us.
• Skill-building. Building capacity, confidence, trust, and community as a liberatory act.

SESSION: Extended Hours takes up the spatial proposition in artist Danielle Dean’s exhibition Out of this World, which transforms Mercer Union’s gallery space into a community centre. In Dean’s commissioned film Hemel (2024) and its central reference Quatermass II (1957), the setting of the community centre emerges as a site for dialogue, convergence, and rupture for a community that is grappling with the logic of its construction.

This program series invites practitioners from various disciplines to share the ideas and urgencies driving their work in the sociospatial transformation of our city. For two consecutive Wednesdays, on June 5 and June 12, Mercer Union will remain open with extended hours. Each evening will open with a screening of Hemel, then feature guest-led workshops and discussion.

About the Series

SESSION is a project modelling itself after an incubator that invites cultural practitioners to engage with questions that emerge out of a given exhibition.