It's called: Breaking out of Huronia.
Quote:“Breaking out of Huronia” is a special exhibition to mark 21 years promoting art made by people on the lowest socio-economic rung whose long-term medical disabilities often leave them voiceless and without access to means for self-expression. Thelma Wheatley, author of And Neither Have I Wings To Fly, Labeled And Locked Up In Canada’s Oldest Institution will be the keynote speaker. Ontario’s oldest institution for people with developmental disabilities, The Orillia Asylum for Idiots, opened in 1876, was renamed the Huronia Regional Centre in 1974, and finally closed in 1992.
At its peak it had 2,600 residents. Former residents who were abused there are currently in a class action lawsuit against the provincial government.
Here's an article about the woman (the force) behind it all - the late Judy Richardson:
Quote:It was a place to get away from the monotony of institutional life,” he says.
His mother had an uncanny ability to make other people feel confident and went well out of her way to encourage young artists.
“She always had people she was taking under her wing.”
Though many of the artists she counseled were shy, Richardson recognized talent and encouraged them to enter in local art shows.
“There’s nothing better,” Alex says, “than getting the reluctant artist to show their work.”
I could find only one piece of artwork online from this centre (as a tease), here it is: