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Hughene Acheson lectures regularly at OCAD University in Toronto. She has also shared her knowledge of art history, the art market and building personal collections with audiences at University of St. Andrews, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Appleby College, George Brown College, and Toronto School of Art. Hughene is pleased to present to small groups in private settings.


Courses currently on offer at OCAD University


Collecting Contemporary Art

Through lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and field trips, students will gain an in-depth understanding of local and international contemporary art. Students will consider art fairs, auctions houses, commercial galleries, artist-run-centres, artist collectives, and artist studio visits. Click here to read the article Christopher Hume wrote about this course in the Toronto Star.

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Understanding the Canadian Art Market

This new course introduces students to the artists, collectors, and dealers that shape the Canadian art market. Students will be privy to slide lectures, field trips to local auction houses as well as visits to private and museum collections.

This course considers the relationship between patronage and production, how historical and economic factors affect the art market, and how the art market reflects our identity as Canadians. It also includes a survey of historical art groups in Canada including the Group of Seven, Beaver Hall, les Automatistes, Painters Eleven, General Idea, and the Royal Art Lodge.

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Student Reviews

Midway through the first course I took with Hughene I was hooked. Hughene is knowledgable, informative, engaging and available. Her classes were both educational and fun! I would recommend everyone who is interested in art to join Hughene on this adventure. Now I’m just waiting for the next course to be announced. Thank you Hughene.
Fall 2012 & Winter 2013

Collecting Contemporary Art is a terrific introduction to the art world for people interested in collecting, and artists looking for some insight on how the art industry works. Hughene went the extra mile when planning interesting field trips, and her ability to foster a friendly and engaging atmosphere in the classroom and on outings made me look forward to every class.

Winter 2013

Hughene’s knowledge is extensive, and she is incredibly generous with her time. Her course is both informative and very organized. The course included numerous onsite and offsite experiences. I would certainly jump on the opportunity to take more courses with Hughene.
Winter 2016