Colourful cut vinyl nearly completely covers a white wall. Letters, shapes and silhouettes overlap to create patterns.


Monday, 21 March 2022


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Plotter Jam: Vinyl graphics workshop with Tara Bursey

Vinyl plotters are tools used in the sign industry to make text and graphics for windows, interiors and back-lit signs. They also hold many possibilities for artists interested in creating stencils, resists for paintings and mixed media art, artist multiples, and installations.

Join Tara Bursey for a look at how a vinyl plotter can be mobilized to translate hand generated text and drawings into digitally-produced vinyl graphics. In this drop-in workshop, guests will scan drawings for cutting on an industrial-sized plotter, and contribute them to a crowd-sourced mural in the gallery. Participants will also leave the workshop with a ready-to-apply copy of their vinyl graphic to take home.

Tara Bursey is an interdisciplinary artist, self publisher and arts worker from Hamilton, Ontario. Her artwork has been exhibited across Canada as well as in Copenhagen, Berlin and Eye, Suffolk, UK, and she has presented her research in the areas of textiles and contemporary art at Symposia in Los Angeles, Sackville and Savannah. Most recently, she has worked rigorously in the areas of programming and education, bringing arts education to first and second graders at her neighbourhood school, and curating exhibitions about zines, trade union banners, and professional wrestling.

This workshop takes place in Owens Free Space, a temporary installation in the Owens second floor gallery initiated by Tara Bursey. Owens Free Space is a community resource and creative production space that serves as an alternative, open site for learning, making, and information exchange.

Free. All are welcome to attend.

Masks and proof of vaccination are required to visit the Owens

Venue Access

The stairs to the Owens from the entrance nearest the University Chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the Owens entrance off York Street also have a handrail, but there is no ramp. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to our second-floor gallery. During this event, our second-floor gallery is accessible with the assistance of an attendant. If you have access needs, please make arrangements in advance by emailing [email protected] or call 506-364-2574. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals. For detailed venue access please visit our Accessibility Page.