OUTREACH 2021- BLOOM: Cyanotype Photography Program - Nia Centre for the Arts
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OUTREACH 2021- BLOOM: Cyanotype Photography Program

Create and showcase your story!


July 8 - August 10, 2021


4:30PM - 6:30PM

Register to be apart of the award winning photography program OUTREACH!

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Program Description

Photographers have had one of the most difficult transitions in the creative sector, as they lack equipment, space and access to create and produce their works during the global pandemic.

This summer, we have partnered with Gallery 44 to produce a virtual edition of the annual award-winning analogy program OUTREACH! During this intensive 6- week virtual program, participants will create photographic works using one of photography’s earliest processes – Cyanotype.

Cyanotype is an antique photographic printing process distinctive for producing Prussian blue monochromatic prints using the mixing of non-toxic chemicals and sunlight offering an alternative way to darkroom printing. 

Working alongside visual artist Ebti Nabag, Participants will gain an understanding of the basic elements of digital photography and learn how to develop a narrative through their work. Ebti will guide participants in how to turn their digital images into digital negatives with Cyanotype materials. Not only will participants bring their narratives to reality, but will have the opportunity to participate in a symposium and exhibit their work in an exhibition at the G44 galleries. During the exhibition, the prestigious David Maltby Award, will be presented to an artist. 

Program Schedule

There will be 6 workshops throughout the course of the program. Selected participants will need to commit to the following days. All workshops will occur from 4:30pm-6:30pm:

Workshop One: Thursday July 8th, 2021

Participants will learn about the history of cyanotype and theme of “Bloom” .

Workshop Two: Tuesday July 13th, 2021

Participants will learn about portraiture photography (environmental vs. self-portraiture) and the elements of design.

Workshop Three: Thursday July 15th, 2021

Participants will select their top images and learn how to edit their photos


During this week, participants images will be developed and Cyanotype toolkits will be delivered to the participants.

Workshop Four: Tuesday August 3rd, 2021

Participants will learn how to use cyanotype to develop their images

Workshop Five: Thursday August 5th 2021

Participants will continue to develop their images

Workshop Six: Tuesday August 10, 2021

Participants will continue to develop images and showcase their final work to the cohort.

October 2021- February 2022: Exhibition

Participants will exhibit their work in the G44 galleries and have the opportunity to be awarded with the prestigious David Maltby award!


  • Emerging photographers or youth who have an interest in photography between the ages of 16-24
  • Self-identify as part of the African Diaspora

All supplies needed for the program will be provided to program participants.

Deadline to apply: Monday June 28 | 11:59 pm

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About Ebti Nabag

Ebti Nabag is a graduate of Ryerson University’s MFA program Documentary Media in Film and Photography. She is a visual artist who works with photography, video, and installation. She is also a digital and analogue photography instructor. She teams up with galleries and community centers to develop art programs that provide opportunities for creative self-expression and aid in the development of identity. Her documentations focus on telling stories of the everyday person who is often neglected. She also uses her work to connect with her home country, Sudan, and the people and culture of Sudan.

Her work is motivated by stories from the average human, and hopes her documentations serve as bridges between people and communities.

About Gallery 44

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre committed to supporting multi-faceted approaches to photography and lens-based media. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of artistic practice, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for meaningful reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography.

Traditionally known as OUTREACH is Gallery 44’s award-winning arts program addressing the needs of youth from underserved communities throughout the GTA. OUTREACH inspires youth to develop positive methods of sharing their stories while connecting with their community. Through photography’s uniquely accessible platform, this program eliminates existing barriers to the arts, encouraging knowledge sharing, collaboration, and dialogue – even through a distance. To ensure the success, engagement, and reach of OUTREACH, G44 works in collaboration with several community organizations to offer youth within their program a series of hands-on workshops, discussion groups and provide them the opportunity to create and showcase their work in a final exhibition at the conclusion of the program. 

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