Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


Dear Ayeeyo | August 1 – September 8, 2018 | Hallway Galleries, 2nd & 3rd floors | Free

Paperhouse Studio: Lost and Found, Members Show | August 5 – September 8, 2018 | Hallway Galleries,1st floor | Free

After Rendering on View (Betty Rowland meets Angela Aames), May 27, 2017 – NADÈGE GREBMEIER FORGET | Mural on Shaw Street | Free 


THROUGH LINES | September 13 – November 25 | Koffler Gallery and Critical Distance | Free

BAM: Brindis, Arte, Musica. Emerging Latin American Artists on Gender Freedom, Solidarity, and Roots Revival | September 16 – 22, 2018 | Hallway Galleries, 2nd Floor | Free

At the Hallway Galleries

With over 9,350 square feet of space, the Hallway Galleries occupy the hallways and stairwells of Artscape Youngplace, on (and between) three floors of this beautiful 100-year-old building. Open seven days a week with free admission. Rent the Hallway Galleries for art exhibitions.


Dear Ayeeyo – Photos by Yasin Osman

Curated by Elle Alconcel

August 1 – September 8, 2018 | 2nd & 3rd Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Daily, 8am – 9pm


Through portraiture, Yasin Osman shares scenes of everyday life within the villages of Somalia. This exhibition features large-scale photographs of Osman’s intimate portraits and snapshots that offer glimpses into the lives of the Somali people. The child of Somali parents, Osman returned to his ancestral lands in search for an emotional connection. This body of work, compiled together for the first time, showcases his journey home as an outsider, examining this foreign land.

Dear Ayeeyo is intended as a tribute to the photographer’s grandmother. Osman endeavours to draw the viewer into his personal experience of coming to this country—in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, a severe drought, and futile violence—and illuminates its resilient human spirit. His images contest the misconceptions of the media’s destructive images. Osman fosters trust and camaraderie with his subjects, actively engaging with them to create portraits that reflect their strength and perseverance.

Website: yescene.com

Instagram: instagram.com/yescene

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Paperhouse Studio: Lost and Found, Members Show 

August 5 – September 8, 2018 | 1st Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Daily, 8am – 9pm

Reception: August 16th 6pm-9pm

What is the significance of the material things we keep? What do objects mean to us? Objects can simultaneously represent a presence and an absence, hold memories, and sentimental value to people and times which have passed. Using the medium of the paper arts, Lost and Found touches on the body and memory, and calls attention to the emotional value and impact of found objects. Through the acts of making and re-contextualization, the significance and value of these found objects shifts. Hosted in Artscape Youngplace’s first floor Hallway Gallery, Lost and Found features the work of three artists who are a part of Paperhouse Studio’s  Membership Program. The artists have incorporated found footage, experimental photography processes, metal and wire, handmade papers, and more.

Lost and Found is Paperhouse Studio’s first Members show. Paperhouse Studio’s Membership Program aims to encourage diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility, following a pay-what-you-can model. Members have access to studio facilities, discounts on supplies and classes, access to Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild’s Open Studio workshops, and more.

Paperhouse Studio offers a Work Exchange Membership, a volunteer-for-rent program. The goal is for volunteers to develop arts based work experience and have access to studio space. For every 2 hours of volunteer time, members get 1 hour of personal studio time.

Image: Elspeth Wood “Facts and Fiction” Van Dyke photo prints, 2016 

Featured Artists:

Elspeth Wood

Jill Smith

James Spyker

About Paperhouse Studio

Paperhouse Studio is an experimental arts studio rooted in paper as the medium. We strive to create an approachable, educational, and playful environment for artists, to encourage accessibility and inclusiveness, and to share our space and expertise in order for artists to experiment and explore new ideas in their work.

For more information visit: https://paperhousestudio.com

Paperhouse Studio Membership Program: https://paperhousestudio.com/membership/become-a-member/

Artist Biographies

Elspeth Wood –

I am a part time student at OCADU and at the Toronto School of Art. I have a small darkroom in my basement in Muskoka. When I first moved out of the city, I took many shots of old farm buildings in various states of decrepitude. I thought about the narrative of the families that had lived there.

More recently I am interested in making photos in the sunlight or in the full moonlight.

Jill Smith –

Jill Smith is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Ontario (b. 1995). Her most recent work explores everyday absurdity, as well as the connective possibilities of materiality. By re-contextualizing familiar motifs with organic, bodily forms, her work calls into question how one both exists and performs as a social body. While Smith’s work stimulates the imagination through whimsical and nonsensical colour and form, it is the relatable, yet ambiguous materiality that offers a platform to question the familiar, and escape to the alien and the uncanny.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors Specialization in Studio Art) at Western University in London, Ontario. Her work includes printmaking, ceramics, photography, and painting, relying heavily on experimentation and process. Smith has exhibited her work in galleries across Ontario, such as the Artlab Gallery, Forest City Gallery, The Arts Project, Open Studio, Earl Selkirk Gallery at ARTiculations, and Daniels Spectrum, as well as Friends and Neighbours Gallery in Montreal, Quebec. She has participated in artist residency programs including Sparkbox Studio (Picton, ON), AGA Lab (Amsterdam, NL), and Luminous Bodies (Toronto, ON).

James Spyker –

James Spyker is a book binder and box maker.

BAM: Brindis, Arte, Musica. Emerging Latin American Artists on Gender Freedom, Solidarity, and Roots Revival

September 16-22, 2018 | 2nd Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Daily, 9am – 9pm

From September 16th to the 22nd, join us for BAM 2018 and experience a remarkable and thought-provoking exhibition by nine young artists of Latin American heritage on three themes: Solidarity, Roots Revival and Gender Freedom.

Join us at #BAM2018 to connect with Toronto’s Latin American community through art, music and spoken word.  Everyone is welcome! The Exhibition is open to the public everyday from 9am to 9pm and is free. For more information, go to http://www.casapueblito.org/bam-2018/

BAM Activities: 

  • September 16th: 1:30pm-3:30pm: Workshop: Protection circle with textile artist denirée isabel mendoza. Click here for more info and to register
  • September 16h: 4:00pm-6:00pm: Opening Reception. Click here for more info.
  • September 20th: Performance Night. Updates coming soon!

Featured Artists (find out more here):

  • Andrea Bermúdez
  • Mariana Bolaños
  • Jasmine Cardenas
  • Vero Díaz
  • Andre López
  • denirée isabel mendoza
  • Camila Salcedo Guevara
  • Claudia Arana
  • Mao Correa
  • OLAS York Univeristy Art Installation
  • SickMuse Art Projects

BAM is a project of Casa-Pueblito, our vision is compassion and social justice accross borders. For more info go to http://www.casapueblito.org/

At The Koffler Gallery and Critical Distance



September 13 – November 25, 2018 | Koffler Gallery and Critical Distance

Opening reception Thursday, September 13th, from 6–9 pm

Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabansan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa and Nadia Myre, curated by Noa Bronstein.

Through lines brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Each project featured in this exhibition engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction.

Visit https://criticaldistance.ca/program/through-lines/ and http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2018/06/08/through-lines/ for more information.

Image: Leila Fatemi, Revealed/Reveiled, 2018.

Through lines is presented across several locations at Artscape YoungplaceKoffler Gallery (1st floor), Critical Distance (3rd floor), and the outdoor Billboard on Shaw Street.

After Rendering on View (Betty Rowland meets Angela Aames), May 27, 2017 – 

2018 | Billboard on Shaw Street

Critical Distance is pleased to present … move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself.,
an exhibition that considers curating and choreography as materials and subjects. Bringing
together the work of Guillaume Adjutor Provost (Montréal), Adam Basanta (Montréal),
Adrienne Crossman (Windsor), and Nadège Grebmeier Forget (Montréal), the exhibition is
curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau (Montréal) and Maude Johnson (Montréal).

… move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself. probes at the politics generated or
renewed when curatorial and choreographic methodologies are (re)located together in the gallery
space. It gathers artists who, on the one hand, borrow from these two approaches; and who,
on the other hand, transform the multiple spaces (physical, virtual, social, political, historical,
etc.) and temporalities of the gallery. For more information, visit the exhibition at Critical Distance
in Suite 302 (on the 3rd floor of Artscape Youngplace) Thursday–Sunday from 12–5 pm
through August 5, 2018, or read more about it on our website at www.criticaldistance.ca.

Engaged in Montréal’s visual and live arts community, performance artist Nadège Grebmeier Forget
embraces interdisciplinarity and curation in her practice. Recent exhibitions and performances
have been presented in venues such as VU PHOTO (Québec, 2016), She Works Flexible–Flex Space
(Houston, 2016), and CIRCA art actuel (Montréal, 2017).
This photograph is part of a multi-platform intervention by Nadège Grebmeier Forget, which consists of
a selection of archival materials stemming from the performance Rendering on View (Betty Rowland meets
Angela Aames)(OPTICA, Montréal, May 27, 2017) and divided among CDCC’s various communication
channels, including this billboard.



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