New Resident Curator at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape is pleased to announce the appointment of Karie Liao as the inaugural Resident Curator at Artscape Youngplace. Karie will bring to life the 2014 programming vision for the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, working in collaboration with the Artscape Youngplace Curatorial Advisory and Artscape staff. This will involve commissioning new art works exploring a thematic artistic project throughout the year, building partnerships with local artists and organizations for dynamic exhibitions, and hosting a slate of public events encouraging cross-pollination between artists and community members. The Hallway Galleries are open to the public year-round, free of charge, and span more than 9,000 square feet of spectacular corridor and stairwell space throughout the building.

“The West Queen West neighbourhood is rich with art and culture and I look forward to contributing a fresh approach with the artistic programming at Artscape Youngplace as we showcase and commission projects that celebrate experimentation and new perspectives, encourage collaborations between artists and community members, and foster the exchange of ideas and skills within our community,” said Karie Liao.

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Call for Artist Submissions

Atelier “ascenseur” is a gallery, studio and art space at Artscape Youngplace run by artist Shabnam K. Ghazi. In the coming year, atelier “ascenseur” will present a diverse program ranging from established to emerging artists, from international to local practitioners and from conventional to new media, and is inviting artists and curators to submit proposals for exhibitions and original projects to include in its 2014-2015 program. This call is open to all manner of artists and craft practitioners. For more information please contact info [at] or call 416-534-8181.

Luminato’s in the Building

The Luminato Festival, whose new professional home is at Artscape Youngplace, commissioned a fabulous new video about its move into the building and the heart of one of Toronto’s most creative neighbourhoods. Bravo, Luminato! What a beautiful way to commemorate and exciting event.

New Sites for the Koffler

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is thrilled to open the doors of its new downtown location at Artscape Youngplace. The Koffler’s 4,600 square foot space on the main floor is the new home of its administrative offices and the Koffler Gallery. Visit Events on this site to read about We’re in the Library, the Koffler Gallery’s inaugural exhibition curated by Mona Filip.

To coincide with its move downtown, the Koffler has refreshed its brand identity with a new quarterly program and exhibition booklet and, coming soon, a redesigned website.  The Koffler’s growing repertoire of arts and cultural programs will continue to be available across the GTA, from downtown at Artscape Youngplace to Vaughan. Koffler classes in visual art and ceramics will continue at the Prosserman JCC on Sherman Campus at Bathurst and Sheppard. Koffler multidisciplinary programs (concerts, literary events, artist residencies and more) will continue at various locations across the GTA. The Koffler also programs at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Community Campus in Vaughan. For a full list of the Koffler’s fall 2013 programs, please visit

Photo: Tony Hewer (left), Head of Communications and Marketing at the Koffler Centre of the Arts, and Mona Filip (right), Curator at the Koffler Gallery.


Class of 2013

Just before the Artscape Youngplace public opening, we all got together for a fun photo shoot to commemorate the inauguration of the building and capture the artists and organizations about to make AYP their new professional home. The photo doesn’t contain every single person who will be part of the community of the building, but a good number of representatives of the “Class of 2013.”

Taken on the steps up to the mezzanine at 180 Shaw Street by Jo-Anne McArthur of Garrison McArthur Photographers, this photo includes the following people.  Continue reading

After-School Dance Classes

For kids who just gotta dance, artist and member of the Intergalactic Arts Collective Jessica Runge will be hosting after-school dance classes in the I-GAC space in unit #103 on the first floor in November and December. After many years of teaching in local schools, Runge will now be offering after-school programs to local students from JK to Grade Six. Details are available on the artist’s website at

Started in 1993, the Intergalactic Arts Collective (IGAC) focuses on the research and presentation of new performance work, as well as widening audience perception and understanding of contemporary dance and physical performance forms. Intergalactic Arts Collective’s studio at Artscape Youngplace will be a hub for innovation in performance and a center for artistic research and performance, teaching and coaching.