TAIS is dedicated to the art of independent animation.

As a non-profit, charitable, artist-run production centre, TAIS is dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of independent animation through production, screenings, workshops, and exhibitions. Founded in 1984, today TAIS’ artistic vision is shaped by support for the ever-broadening multidisciplinary and global context of the animated arts. Annually, TAIS programming seeks to prioritize diverse, intersectional, and progressive artistic and community-based interests that maintain support for the traditions of the discipline while also reflecting an evolving, expanded definition of animation.
 
Our membership continues to expand to include contemporary multidisciplinary artists, media artists, and 3D and VR animators who join the classical, digital hand-drawn, and stop motion animators that have long standing relationships with TAIS. Our members work in narrative and experimental styles, installation and web-based forms, and also explore animation as craft.
 
Annually, our public programming presents animation to audiences via screenings, exhibition, web, and through artist talks and studio visits with guest artists. We regularly partner with other groups and organizations to connect with new audiences and to inspire artists to explore animation in their artistic practice. We provide affordable access to studios and equipment for artists making animated work, and we hold regular community-based and educational workshop programs for those just starting out or seeking to add skills in animation to their artistic practice.

Guiding Values & Objectives

  • Exclusive support for the creation and presentation of independent animation.
  • Prioritization of diverse, intersectional, and progressive artistic and community-based interests via our operations, programming, and partnerships.
  • Inclusive, financially accessible services, programs, and resources.
  • Reflect an evolving, expanded definition of animation, while maintaining support for the traditions of the discipline.
  • Invite local, national, and international guest animation artists to lead workshops, present talks, and disseminate their work as means to support animators at all stages of development.
  • Present animation to local, provincial, national, and international audiences through partnerships and touring programs.
  • Coordinate community engagement projects and ongoing outreach via skills-building workshops delivered within the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, to communities in Southeastern Ontario.

Staff

Myfanwy Ashmore

Managing Director

Myfanwy Ashmore is Canadian media artist working in sculpture & new media technologies. She holds an MFA from York University (1998). Her work has been exhibited extensively, including Game Show at Surrey Art Gallery (Surrey), Arcadia University Gallery (Part of “The Big Nothing” Philadelphia), DeadTech Gallery (Chicago), Poster Project Seoul, Terraforms: Game Mods at Babycastles (NYC), Avatar: The New You, Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), Zero Gamer (London Games Festival Fringe), Http Gallery/Furtherfield (London) and Play boys with GameBoys Smart Project Space (Amsterdam). She has taught at York University, Toronto Metropolitan University and led workshops at Paved Art Media Art Centre (Saskatoon) and ISEA 2014 Workshops (Abu Dhabi and Dubai). She has been the recipient of numerous grants from The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2003 she was nominated and short-listed for the prestigious K.M. Hunter Award through the Ontario Arts Council and in 2014 she was one of 8 finalists for the coveted Glenfiddich Artist Residency Prize.

student placements

Each year TAIS partners with local post-secondary and secondary schools to provide opportunities for students. These placements are offered through OCAD University, Sheridan College, Seneca College, and/or the University of Toronto.

2022/23 TAIS Fall & Winter Student Placements

Kriti Madhukar

Animation Program Assistant

Estefani Tito

Animation Program Assistant

TAIS also offers co-op placements for high school students. Contact info@tais.ca for more information.

Board of Directors

Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea

President
Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea is a Toronto-based animator, digital media artist, and teacher. He specializes in computer animation, installation, and drawing. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. He currently teaches at OCAD and Brock University.

Aisha Ghali

Vice-President
Aisha Ghali is a filmmaker and cartoonist based in so-called Toronto. They’ve worked as a director and storyboard artist for animated television and feature film since graduating from the Bachelor of Animation program at Sheridan College in 2016. They maintain an independent film and comic practice.

Niki Sehmbi

Secretary
Niki Sehmbi graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Minor in Expanded Animation from the OCAD University. Her work can be found online at vimeo.com/nikisehmbi and nikisehmbi.blogspot.ca

Veronica Ladico

Treasurer
Veronica Ladico is a filmmaker, editor, and artist based in Tkaronto. After receiving their BFA in Film Production from York University, Veronica worked primarily on independent films and network series and is interested in experimental animation as it intersects with live action film and performance art.

Una Di Gallo

Director
Una Di Gallo is an award-winning animator and illustrator from Hamilton, Ontario. Since 2018 she’s worked in-house and freelance at a number of studios in Canada, and has directed two independent shorts. Most recently, she directed animation for a National Film Board documentary. She is now in production of her third film, Northened. In her spare time, she makes music and publishes a yearly zine. Website: https://unadigallo.com/

Isaac King

Director

Isaac King is an award-winning animation artist, filmmaker, commercial director, and teacher. Using various handmade techniques, his films focus on ecology and society with humour and warmth. Isaac’s recent MFA thesis work incorporates outdoor animation and installation.

Tobias Williams

Director
Tobias Williams is an artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. He holds an MFA from York University and currently works as an instructor at OCAD U, Humber College and Toronto School of the Arts. His work has been shown both locally and internationally including exhibitions at Material Art fair in Mexico City, The Brandscape In Toronto, the AGM in Mississauga and an upcoming exhibition with Transmediale in Berlin. Tobias’s art and research practice uses 3d rendering and animation to explore the relationship between art, society and technology. Recent projects of his have focused on topics such as the history of Blockchain, the influence of platform based algorithms on contemporary visual culture and the ontology of virtual art spaces.

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TORONTO ANIMATED
IMAGE SOCIETY
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