Regis College Presents an Eastertide Art Exhibit: "Homelessness, Migrants and Refuge"

Regis College will present its annual spring art exhibit featuring the works of the Artists of Practical Theology. The exhibit will be open at the following times:

Opening Reception: April 7, 5-9pm

Exhibition Dates: April 2 - May 25 ***Please note that the Art Exhibit has been extended until May 25 - Note Revised Hours Below***

  • Mon-Thurs, April 4-15, 9am-7:30pm
  • Mon-Fri, April 4-15, 9am-7:30pm
  • Mon-Fri, April 18- May 25, 9am-4:30pm
  • Sat (Apr 2, 9), 9am-4:30pm

The Artists of Practical Theology (APT) continue their creative meditations.  Seven artists from varied religious and cultural backgrounds visualize the realities of Homelessness, Migrants and Refuge, at the Eastertide Art Exhibit at Regis College / University of Toronto; 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto.

The exhibition reflects on harsher elements of our contemporary human condition. With the Syrian refugee crisis acting as the sad backdrop, the show zooms outwards from Regis College to Toronto to Canada to the World. Living in a multicultural society, such global current events can perhaps be viewed in a more unbiased light. Our responses to them serve as our connection to the rest of the planet. These three titular realities function as gateways to expressed thoughts, meditative creations, shared personal narratives, and visualized hopes.

Many wild animals are permanent migrants and all of us “migrate”, so to speak, from birth to youth, adulthood to old age, life to death.  But for people, the need to belong somewhere seems to reside in all of us. "Home" can be defined in several ways, but there are common strands running through these definitions: shelter, protection, comfort, sustenance, and freedom, all have links to home. What happens when there is no home? What is the impact of losing a home? What are the ramifications of moving a home? What does it mean to look for a better home? Can a distinction be made between a secular idea of home and a spiritual sense of home?  Are all homes merely temporary?  Are there degrees or types of homelessness?

A "refuge" is a condition of being sheltered and protected from danger. It can be a home, a person, an animal, an aspect of nature or an event.  It can be a condition of healing and
nourishment and belonging and love. In contrast, there is a bitter loneliness and isolation
associated with homelessness that cuts to the bone. The sufferings of a migrant and her
children can only be healed and transformed in some kind of home-coming—in a refuge of some sort or another. The Artists of Practical Theology (APT) attempt to merge their
intellectual reflections on these realities with their emotional and spiritual responses via drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.

Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen's Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael's College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. The venue is accessible.

Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.

Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.


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