Current Exhibitions

In Brief:

LOST IN SHAPE, 2016 | January – April, 2017 | Mural on Shaw Street | Free

College Montrose Children’s Place Family Art Program Exhibition | January 30 – February 25, 2017 | First Floor Vitrines | Free

Patti and Rose’s 4th Annual Kids and Youth Art Show – MYTHICAL BEASTS | February 12 – February 25, 2017 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries | Free

In House – Benefit Art Show | February 17 – 24, 2017 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries | Free

Leopold Plotek: No Work, Nor Device, Nor Knowledge, Nor Wisdom | January 19 – March 19, 2017 | Koffler Gallery | Free

The Path, The Divide | January 19 – February 19, 2017 | Critical Distance | 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.


January 2017  – April 2017 | Mural on Shaw Street by Ruth Adler | Presented by Critical Distance- Centre for Curators

Critical Distance is pleased to present the second in our series of Billboards on Shaw, a new initiative through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard structure on our building’s front lawn.

In her 2015–16 object series, multidisciplinary artist Ruth Adler investigates the boundary between real and imaginary. After digitally photographing her own wood constructions, she extends the sculpting process into Photoshop, repurposing an application originally intended for the enhancement of photographic images. Using the computer as a tool to virtually poke, grab, smear, and cut open her constructions, she tests the boundaries of form and materiality, unleashing the sculptures’ inner affective qualities. While many of the works in this series evince a joyful abandon in their spirit of exploration, Lost in Shape embodies a more poignant realization. As Adler states, “When I cut out the object from the photograph, my intention was to use the cutout and discard the empty background. But instead I became interested in how the empty background held onto the shape that was no longer there. It occurred to me that this image mirrored my own life, particularly the recent loss of my father.”

Born in Winnipeg, Ruth Adler lives and works in Toronto and Tel Aviv. Her artwork includes paintings, digital works on paper, animation, and textiles and has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. She has had numerous solo exhibitions at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York and the Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto, as well as a retrospective at the Lorber Gallery in Tel Aviv. She has also been commissioned for art and design projects at the Iroquois Hotel in New York and the Schneider Children’s Medical Centre in Israel. In her work, Ruth Adler explores the emotive qualities of colour and form and their relationship to our feelings and thoughts.

Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Part gallery and publisher, part curators’ association and advocacy, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life. Lost in Shape is the second in our series of Billboards on Shaw, a public art initiative through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format artworks for the freestanding structure on our building’s front lawn.

First Floor Vitrines

College Montrose Children’s Place Family Art Program Exhibition

January 30 – February 25, 2017

Hours: Building Hours are everyday 8am-9pm except Statutory Holidays


This exhibit was created by children who participated in CMCP’s Family Art program that ran at 5 of our locations. Our Family Art Program is designed to engage families in new creative activities that encourage interest in the arts and demonstrate how the arts contribute to important small motor, cognitive and sensory development.

Through the arts children develop their sense of self and build self-esteem, while developing school readiness skills by gaining experience with independent play, routines and sharing.



Visit College-Montrose Children’s Place (CMCP) in unit LL2 and discover the largest free, accessible, and purpose-built space dedicated to early learning and family support in downtown Toronto. CMCP is a Family Resource Program and Ontario Early Years Centre that, in collaboration with community partners, provides comprehensive, integrated and flexible early learning programs and services, complemented by parenting support and education services to support healthy families and communities across Toronto.

Second Floor Hallway Galleries

Patti and Rose’s 4th Annual Kids and Youth Art Show – MYTHICAL BEASTS

February 12 – February 25, 2017

Hours: Building Hours are everyday 8am-9pm except Statutory Holidays

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | FREE

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Come and see what lurks in the minds of our seemly innocent neighbourhood kids at the 4th Annual Community Kids and Youth Art Show hosted at Artscape Youngplace along the Second Floor Hallway.

See the art of 120 Fabulous Beasts and Mythical Creatures! Please feel free to bring a snack to share on the snack table for the opening reception party.

Third Floor Hallway Galleries

In House – Benefit Art Show 

February 17 – February 24, 2017

Hours: Building Hours are everyday 8am-9pm except Statutory Holidays

Opening Reception: February 24, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Studio 302 


Image: Megan Price, For All That Was Soft, detail process shot, 2017, cotton, wool, cashmere, marble, variable sizes.

For the 2017 In House benefit art show, Paperhouse Studio has invited eight emerging and established artists to create new work exploring contemporary approaches to working with handmade paper. These artists, whose practices feature an emphasis on materiality and process, have taken to working with handmade paper in a myriad of different ways. The resulting works highlight strong interconnections between notions of labour and temporality, contextualized in relation to personal histories, geologic time, and commonplace objects. Each artist has donated a portion of the new work that they have created in support of the studio and its programming.

Yael Brotman​, ​Melanie Chikofsky​, ​Doug Guildford​, ​Tessar Lo​, ​Tim Manalo, ​Roula Partheniou​, ​Meghan Price​ and ​Natalie Wood.

Paperhouse Studio is pleased to host a panel discussion with select In House artists, beginning at 6:00PM on February 24th. Following the panel discussion, please join us for the opening reception at Critical Distance Centre for Curators and the Third Floor Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace from 7:00PM until 10:00PM.

During the reception, bid on artworks incorporating paper made at Paperhouse Studio, on view in the Third Floor Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace and participate in our draw prize

​*​for a chance to win a variety of exciting handmade goods, books, art supplies, gift certificates for classes, art works and more! Delicious cocktails, oysters, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by our event partners.

February 24th, 6pm at Paperhouse Studio (Studio 102)


February 24th, 7pm – 10pm at Critical Distance Centre for Curators (Studio 302)

Preview and buyout starts February 17th. Closes at 8:30PM on February 24th. Located at the Third Floor Hallway Galleries, Artscape Youngplace. Event night (Feb. 24) is bidding only.

Friday to Tuesday, Suite 302
12pm to 5pm or by appointment

​RSVP here.​

​*​Draw prize tickets available for purchase now! ($5 each)

Paperhouse Studio​

102-180 Shaw Street, Toronto ON. M6J2W5

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At The Koffler Gallery

Leopold Plotek: No Work, Nor Device, Nor Knowledge, Nor Wisdom

January 19 – March 19, 2017 | Suite 104-105

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 PM – 6 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 6 PM – 9 PM | FREE

Artist & Curator Talk: Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 2 PM | FREE


Conceived as Leopold Plotek’s first survey, this exhibition spans five decades, including the debut of his most recent paintings alongside pivotal earlier canvases that establish the artist’s formal investigations and his intellectual rapport with Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Adrian Stokes.

Born in 1948 in Moscow to Jewish parents, Plotek later moved to Warsaw with his father who became an economic attaché to the Polish Embassy in Moscow during the late Stalinist period. Living and working in Montreal since 1960, he has created a substantial body of work that has been extensively exhibited and collected, carving an essential place in Quebec’s artistic history. Initially a protégé of prominent Plasticien artist Yves Gaucher, Plotek became a teacher and major influence himself, forming a new generation of artists who are at the forefront of Canadian painting today, including Allison Katz, Etienne Zack, Martin Golland and Ben Klein.

While staging a picture of Plotek’s evolving subject matter and existential world-view, this exhibition foregrounds his drive to forge a studio production of unique works. The discordance of form and genre that Plotek favours and explores invest his oeuvre with a depth and complexity that defies both modernist traditions and contemporary art market pressures.

Plotek’s radical, immersive works mine the territories of memory and experience, the subconscious and the intellect, the abstract and the figurative. Positioning pictorial space as a vehicle for both narrative content and emotional exploration, Plotek re-imagines architecture and objects, artists, philosophers and gods, displacing the cultural pantheon onto precarious grounds and offering poignant commentary on the current state of Western civilization, its enduring folly and persistently dark psyche.

Guest Curator : E.C. Woodley

About The Koffler Gallery

The Koffler Gallery is located within The Koffler Centre of the Arts, Suite 104-105 in Artscape Youngplace. The mandate of the Koffler Gallery is to offer a dynamic forum for the presentation of contemporary art, developing a year-round program of exhibitions, publications, public programs and educational initiatives, and fostering the production of new works by Canadian and international artists in all stages of their careers. Reflecting diverse cultural, material and aesthetic orientations, the program highlights the contemporary Jewish experience in a unique framework that invites a comparative examination of narratives among people of varied heritages within a larger discussion of identity, memory and place.


At Critical Distance

The Path, The Divide

January 19 – February 19, 2017 | Suite 302 | Exhibition by Brynn Higgins-Stirrup

Hours: When exhibitions are on – Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5PM  and by appointment, Closed Statutory Holidays

Opening Reception with Curator and Artist: Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 6 PM – 9 PM | FREE


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is pleased to present The Path, The Divide, a solo exhibition of recent works by Canadian artist Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, curated by Oana Tanase.

Fascinated by the ways in which we confront and reconcile intuitive inquiry with organized thought and form, Higgins-Stirrup has developed a distinctive visual language and practice that revolves around learning systems, geometry, mapping, and writing. Seducing the viewer through technical exactitude and material subtlety, her artworks speak of the space that lies between knowledge and truth, information and meaning.

For this exhibition, curator Oana Tanase has selected a series of works on paper and a mixed media installation that reveal how Higgins-Stirrup incorporates traditional elements and makes use of written language in her art practice. Playing with notions of cognitive processes, such as contemplation and unlearning, The Path, The Divide challenges visitors to an exercise in stationary movement.

A limited letterpress print edition by Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, and catalogue with curatorial essay by Oana Tanase, interview between artist and curator, and full photographic documentation, will accompany the exhibition.

Please join us for an opening reception and edition launch with curator and artist on Thursday, January 19 from 6–10 pm.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Opening coincides with Koffler Gallery’s reception for Leopold Plotek from 6–9 pm on the first floor.

Brynn Higgins-Stirrup received a BFA Honors at Queen’s University in 2013 and studied at Monash University in Australia in 2012. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2016 Higgins-Stirrup was awarded an emerging visual artist grant by the Ontario Arts Council and her artworks have been presented at DNA Artspace (London, Ontario), Truck Contemporary (Calgary, Alberta), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), and the international art exhibition The Lesson of Nature, during Bucharest Art Week (Romania).