Ontario College of Art & Design Silent Auction Fundraiser

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to launch the OCAD Student Press with the Start the Presses! Silent Auction Fundraiser on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 6:00pm in OCAD’s Great Hall on Level 2 at 100 McCaul Street. Funds raised will support the launch of the OCAD Student Press’s inaugural book, Shift:Positions, due in February.

Start The Presses! will auction off an exciting collection of original work and products, many of which are personalized. Contributors include: Scot Laughton, Gary Taxali, Castor Canadensis, Karim Rashid for Umbra, Patty Johnson, Greg Mably, Tavis Coburn, John Fluevog, Helen Kerr, Frank Gehry for the AGO, Will Alsop Architects, Retrodelic, Dennis Lin for Umomo, Three Monkeys, Swipe Bookstore, Mayor David Miller, MOLO Design, jorg&olif bicycles, Jackson Triggs, Eldon Garnet, Roarockit, Bob Hambly, Yabu Pushelberg for Nienkamper, and students.

Bids can be made between 6:00 and 9:00pm, with the evening wrapping up at 11:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free (cash bar) with raffle prizes throughout the night. Start the Presses! is generously sponsored by Azure and Spacing.

The OCAD Student Press is an initiative of OCAD design students Ryan Planche and Amy Leaman who devised a plan to collect and publish written works by their peers. The book, Shift:Positions, comprised of essays from Environmental and Industrial Design students in their thesis year at OCAD, was born.

Planche and Leaman have partnered with renowned graphic design firm Hambly and Woolley for the production, and photographer and activist Edward Burtynsky who is contributing the foreword. Shift:Positions is slated to be released in February 2007 with an official launch coinciding with the OCAD Graduate Exhibition in May of 2007.

For more information on Start The Presses!, Shift:Positions or the OCAD Student Press, please contact info@ocadstudentpress.ca or visit www.ocadstudentpress.ca.