Still image taken from a video. A person is reclined in front of a large glass display filled with gems and minerals.

Diane Borsato

Diane Borsato (BFA York University, MFA Concordia University, MA Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) was awarded the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and was twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award. She has exhibited the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the AGYU, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Walter Philips Gallery at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Owens Museum, the National Art Centre, the Toronto Biennial of Art and in galleries and museums internationally.

In her projects she has worked closely with various other practitioners including artists, dancers, and amateur naturalists.

Borsato was recently the Artist in Residence at the AGO, where she produced Your Temper, My Weather, a major durational performance involving the participation of one-hundred beekeepers. She produced a new work with the Toronto Dance Theatre, and new works for video including Gems and Minerals with several contemporary dancers and ASL-fluent performers in Toronto. She co-led the Art of Stillness Residency with artists from across disciplines at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Pico Iyer, Christopher House, and Richard Reed-Perry, and recently – the OUTDOOR SCHOOL Visual Arts residency at the Banff Centre with Amish Morrell and Tania Willard.

As Associate Professor at the University in Guelph, she teaches advanced courses in Experimental Studio – that explore the relationships between art and everyday life­ – including Food and Art, Special Topics on Walking, Live Art, and OUTDOOR SCHOOL.

Exhibition History

Walter Philips Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, If The River Ran Upwards, group show curated by Jacylyn Bell, Summer 2018.

Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance, with Diane BorsatoPauline Boudry & Renate LorenzClaire Cunningham, the collective My Barbarian, consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade, Brendan Fernandes, and Emily Roysdon. Owens Art Gallery, 61 York Street, Sackville, New Brunswick, and Tangled Arts, Toronto, Canada. Fall 2019.

ARFF Amsterdam/Around Films Festival, Gems and Minerals screened and selected as a Finalist in the Experimental Film category, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May, 2019.

Art form

Visual Arts
Performance Art
Video Art
Public Art
Social Practices


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Ontario, Canada