Redefining Value in Labour – hosted by Makeshift Collective

Rinchen Dolma is the Founder & Artistic Director of made in exile, a grassroots community arts-based initiative, created by and for Tibetan youth to explore the stories of living in exile and navigating through our lives in diaspora. She is an emerging creative who uses different mediums of storytelling to explore the complex identities of being a Tibetan navigating exilehood. She completed her undergrad at York University where she studied International Development Studies, Community Arts in Practice and Refugee & Forced Migration. Rinchen Dolma is a community arts practitioner who is passionate about engaging her peers in creating art for themselves so to become the next generation of culture makers.

Cathleen Jayne Calica was made in Quezon City, Philippines, and is a settler today in Tkaronto, Canada. Cathleen is a stylist & interdisciplinary/community artist. She is the co-founder & Director of 187 Augusta, Creative Director of Living in Technicolour Toronto & May.ari shop. Find her work on Instagram @yunguava & @store.may.ari.

Althea Balmes is a multidisciplinary visual storyteller, artist-educator and UX researcher. At the core of her practice is the embodiment of anti-oppressive framework, process of decolonization and community building. In creating visual narratives, she explores themes and stories of migration, labour and personhood. Her work expands on the decolonial aesthetics of the Filipinx diasporic experience. As part of Kwentong Bayan Collective, she creates work with and about the real stories of love and struggle of Filipinx (live-in) migrant care workers. Althea started the Comic-Making Workshop + Residency Program (Cup Doodle Project) in 2016 to nurture and provide a creative space for Asian youth interested in telling their stories through comics. She received her B.A in Anthropology and International Development Studies at York University and her Master of Information at University of Toronto.

Nam Hoang is a multidisciplinary designer, woodworker, and cinematographer, and community builder.

Makeshift Collective is a Toronto-based collective and studio space. We share space with artists, designers, fabricators, filmmakers and photographers. Together we’re building resources, sharing our skills through workshops and events, and fostering a community through shared learning. It’s all an experiment in working together, and empowering each other’s pursuits.