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Crossing the Line: Contemporary Art from Denmark

November 5 – December 11, 2016 | Critical Distance, Third Floor

Hours: Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM


Critical Distance is pleased to present Crossing the Line, a timely and provocative survey of contemporary Danish art curated by Earl Miller. Recognizing the transnational nature of much recent art from Denmark, the exhibition asks: Can a nation define itself culturally by looking beyond its traditional borders?

Often boldly political, the work of the nine featured emerging and established artists considers cultural hegemonies, the nation state in a global framework, post-colonialism, nomadism, and the Syrian refugee crisis. Through performance, photography, video, sculpture, and sound, Jeannette Ehlers and Patricia Kaersenhout, Søren Thilo Funder, Jens Haaning, Maj Hasager, Tina Helen, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Jane Jin Kaisen, and Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen reveal migrant patterns and alter them in unexpected ways. Challenging traditional gender, racial, and national divides, the artists often reverse roles: women become men; black men become white; tourists become locals; locals become tourists. Ultimately, Crossing the Line examines the response of one country’s artists to questions of international import. For many Canadians, the exhibition will serve as an introduction to the vibrant contemporary art scene in Denmark. For several of the artists in turn, Crossing the Line will be the first exhibition to feature their work in North America.

Crossing the Line will be accompanied by a catalogue with curatorial essay by Earl Miller and Q+As with all of the artists in the show, as well as full photo documentation of the exhibition. CDCC will also debut a limited edition print by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen.


September 2016  – January 2017 | Mural on Shaw Street by Steven Beckly | Curated by Matthew Kyba

Hours: Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM


Critical Distance is pleased to present “8 x 8 at AYP” (aka the Artscape Youngplace mural on Shaw Street), featuring a large 8-foot square photograph by Toronto-based artist Steven Beckly. As project curator Matt Kyba writes, “In Come to My Window, a finger presses against a plane window waiting for a reciprocal touch…. Captured from the clouds and situated outside Artscape Youngplace, the billboard expresses a similar and unfulfilled wish: a desire for a public and global intimacy that stems from the ground and blooms from the individual. Against the backdrop of windows that adorn the re-purposed school, the image becomes a public invitation to engage these openings as sites for social connection.” Critical Distance thanks Artscape Youngplace for their generous support of this project.

The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition

September 23 – October 23 | Critical Distance, Third Floor

Hours: Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (formerly TYPOLOGY) is pleased to present The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition, curated by Astarte Rowe and featuring countless living Mediolus corona amoebas in an aquarium habitat, plus artworks by Jessica Drenk (US), Gabriel Lalonde (Canada), and Claudia Wieser (Germany).

Taking the great Renaissance workshops of Michelangelo, del Sarto, and Veronese as a point of departure, The Amoebic Workshop is an experimental, multidisciplinary exhibition that restages the Old Masters’ studios at a microscopic scale, where single-celled amoebas industriously, and invisibly, craft intricate shells for themselves that embody a uniquely visual aesthetic. Conversely the artists in this exhibition demonstrate tendencies toward the ‘amoebic’ through artworks involving found components, altered and/or assembled with an affinity to natural processes and concepts. Unlike the Renaissance workshops that galvanised a belief in Humanism, The Amoebic Workshop questions human claims to exclusivity in making art, design, and architecture. However it is not the amoeba that is elevated to the rank of ‘artist,’ but art itself that is qualified as amoebic. To quote philosopher Elizabeth Grosz: “Art is of the animal;” hence, “what is most artistic in us is that which is most bestial.” The introduction of a living organism into the gallery space reconfigures the relationship between human and animal acts of creation, submerging the exhibition into the virtual realm of the Please join us for an opening reception with the curator on Wednesday, September 21st from 6–9 pm.


September 21 – November 27, 2016 | Stairwells, First, Second & Third Floor Hallway Galleries


Curators: Matthew Brower and Mona Filip

Sarindar Dhaliwal, Brendan Fernandes, Rafael Goldchain, Jérôme Havre, Luis Jacob, Esmond Lee, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Sanaz and Mani Mazinani, Divya Mehra, Zinnia Naqvi, José Luis Torres, 2Fik, Blue Republic, Diana Yoo, Jinny Yu, Z’otz* Collective

Exploring themes of intercultural translation, displacement and identity construction, this exhibition brings together a group of Canadian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose works examine the immigrant condition. Comprising recent and new works in a variety of media, including site-specific installations, Yonder approaches the notion of immigration through a process of “personal sociology,” moving from an investigation of subjective inquiries to larger questions and shared experiences. The project expands from the Koffler Gallery into the broader space of Artscape Youngplace, crossing the borders of the gallery setting and engaging shared public areas as well as the building’s exterior. Offering many voices and perspectives, the works invite a deep reflection on the dislocations and adaptations triggered by the complex decision to uproot oneself and to cross borders, reaching for a yonder home. Drawing upon their own narratives as first or second generation Canadians, the artists invite responses based on commonalities and differences. By foregrounding these intimate presentations over globalizing political positions, the exhibition aims to generate a meaningful dialogue between artworks and audiences, inviting visitors to find points of resonance between the identities and experiences of the artists while making connections to their own individual stories.


August 5 – August 26, 2016 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays

Closing Reception: August 22, 7 PM – 9 PM


Pixelation 2.0, curated by Zviko Mhakayakora, features 9 artists who explore the ways in which Black identity has been formed, shaped or erased through visual culture. As a grouping, the works in Pixelation highlight the multifarious nature of Black contemporary art and provides a glimpse into what it means to be Black in the context of contemporary Canadian society.

The exhibition will be held on the 3rd floor of Artscape Youngplace and presents work by the artists:

Danièle Dennis (Toronto, ON)
Audrey Hudson (Toronto, ON)
Evan Jerry (Toronto, ON)
Alexandra Johnston (Toronto, ON)
Jessica Karuhanga (Toronto, ON)
Setti Kidane (Toronto, ON)
Anna J McIntyre (Montreal, QC)
Shantel Miller (Toronto, ON)
Bidemi Oloyede (Toronto, ON)

Faces of Regent Park

July 3 – August 27, 2016 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays


Faces of Regent Park is a series of twelve photo-based, mixed-media portraits of residents from the newly revitalized neighbourhood. Whereas the permanent outdoor versions have been fabricated into shiny, glass monoliths to match the contemporary design and construction of the entry plaza to Regent Park where they are located, these studio works on birch convey the emotion, personality and humanity of the subjects in more intimate detail through the textures of their distressed surfaces.

Aesthetically the work combines the familiarity of the human face with the distressed surfaces of aged architecture and infrastructure found in the urban environment. The graffiti tags have been meticulously rendered from actual markings found in the neighbourhood and act as representational signifiers of human presence on our streets, while the patterned effects symbolize the energy of human movement that give our cities their kinetic life. The vibrant and contrasting colours found within the backgrounds create a juxtaposition that helps to frame the black and white portraits, while simultaneously presenting the notion that we all stem from the same colourful tree.

The twelve subjects were not easy to pick. As a cross section, they represent everyone who has, does or will live in Regent Park. Their faces are the welcome home to residents, the hello to local and international visitors to the neighbourhood, and the ever-present gatekeepers who will keep watch over Regent Park and remind us that it is through our differences that we gain strength and through our personal relationships that we create community.

Dan Bergeron is a Toronto-born and based visual artist whose work takes the form of large-scale portraits adhered to architectural elements, functional sculptures, billboard interventions or mixed-media paintings. Blending Street Art aesthetics and a deep engagement with communities, Dan’s work employs urban visual culture’s immediacy to foster reflection upon issues of personal identity, social relationships and the spaces that we collectively inhabit. To that end, each project is highly site-specific: the shape and texture of a wall, the history and human uses of a location, or an individual’s connection to a place dictate its content, placement, and form. While the majority of Dan’s work is exhibited publicly, he also maintains a studio practice that forms the basis of his public art and gallery exhibitions.

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Career Launcher 2016: Photography Exhibition

July 7 – July 28, 2016 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays


The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCADU is pleased to present a Photography Exhibition of recipients of the 2016 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher.

The exhibition will be held on the 3rd floor of Artscape Youngplace and presents work by the artists: Mara Gajic, Antonio Giacchetti, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Nicholas Aiden, and Maddie Alexander.


June 23 – August 21, 2016 | Koffler Gallery

Hours: Tues to Fri 12 PM – 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays


SUMMER OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 6 – 9 PM

Continuing an exploration of urban history initiated during its Off-Site series, the Koffler Gallery invites audiences to venture outside the white cube with a summer project developed by the PED Collective. Including Canadian artists Millie Chen and Warren Quigley and Americans Andrew Johnson, Joan Linder and Paul Vanouse, PED describes itself as “a full service organization slated to inform, entertain and educate” through a range of site-specific, audio bicycle tours designed to reveal layers of a city’s life. PED.Toronto also includes honorary member David Dressner.

PED re-imagines and transforms our experiences of familiar streetscapes, engaging a spectrum of professional and amateur narrators to populate audio tracks delivered via bicycle-mounted speakers. PED’s past projects mined the geographies and civic narratives of Buffalo, NY (USA), Belfast (Ireland), Chongqing (China), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

For PED.Toronto, the collective has created a series of bike tours through Toronto’s West Queen West area that examine the city’s shifting identities, multi-faceted realities and imagined potentials. For more information, please go to

NUIT ROSE Presents: Analog Pride Pavilion

Analog Pride Pavilion (APP) – June 22 and June 25, 2016 | Flex Studio 109

Hours: Wednesday 7 – 11pm, Saturday 7pm – late


This performance piece by Evan Tapper and Scott Sorli is apart of Nuit Rose 2016 at Artscape Youngplace. Inside the installation participants experience an intimate social space, unmediated by mobile technology. APP hosts will be available to assist participants in the art of conversation. This piece will take place both during the Nuit Rose Launch Party on June 22 at Artscape Youngplace, as well as the official Nuit Rose event on Saturday June 25th from 7pm until late.

Toronto Art Book Fair

June 16 – June 19, 2016 | First, Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 11am – 7pm, Sunday June 19 11am – 6pm


Opening Reception: Thursday, June 16, 6-9pm

Featuring DJ Cameron Hodge (NYC), Healing Power DJs (TO) and a Sticker Making Party hosted by ZIPE-ers & Paddy Leung in partnership with Paperhouse Studio and SKETCH

The Toronto Art Book Fair (TOABF) is a free public event taking place June 16th – June 19th 2016 featuring curated exhibitions, 75 Canadian and international vendors, and community programming that includes a speaker series, readings, talks, launches and workshops. In its inaugural year TOABF will highlight over 150 national and international artists, publishers, designers, curators, bookmakers, writers, and performers.

TOABF is dedicated to increasing the visibility, dissemination, appreciation, and understanding of the artists’ book and its contemporary manifestations within the visual arts field in Toronto and abroad. Independent artistic print culture has a rich narrative in Canadian art history, and is an often overlooked aspect of Canadian cultural identity. The goal of TOABF is to highlight these personal and collective stories, and elevate the artistic integrity of artists’ books by presenting artists’ books, multiples, and printed matter by Canadian and international artists to a wide audience.

First Floor Vitrines: Grow Your Hair Long and Send Out The Vibes


Nathaniel Russell was born and raised in Indiana. After college, Russell spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area making posters, record covers, and woodcuts. He returned to his home city of Indianapolis and now spends his time creating drawings, fake fliers, bad sculptures, wood shapes, and music. Russell’s work is regularly shown around the world in both traditional galleries and informal spaces, usually surrounded by an expanding list of friends, collaborators, and like-minded folk.

Art Metropole is a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on the production, dissemination and contextualization of artist-initiated publication in any media, especially those formats and practices predisposed to sharing and circulation.

Second Floor Hallway Galleries: Publishing | Form | Experimentation (TOABF)


Publishing | Form | Experimentation introduces forward-thinking publications created within the past 5 years by 60 Canadian and international publishers, designers and artists. The exhibition hopes to underline the importance of the material, experiential and aesthetic qualities of the printed book, a subject more current than ever despite lamentations of its mortality.

Participants: Albanese Grafik & frau Diethelm, Archive of Modern Conflict, Laura Asmus, Jeremy August Haik, Simon Bertrand, Irma Boom, Jessi Brattengeier, Erich Brechbühl, Contre-mur, Shezad Dawood, Diorama Magazine, Nicoló Degiorgis & Walter Hutton, Éditions B42, Aurélien Farina, Feed, Foreign, Policy Design Group, David Gan, Raül Garcia Gili, Harpune Verlag, Karl Holmqvist, Hubert & Fisher, Imprimerie du Marais, Pascaline Jessica Knight, Jiazazhi Press, Jin & Park, Sophie Jodoin, KALEID Editions, Mats Kubiak, Yanik Hauschild, Mona Matejic & Hendrike Nagel, La chose imprimée, Lecturis, Marcus Manilius & Fanette Mellier, Karel Martens, Monument, MOTTO Publications, Kristen Mueller, Christof Nüssli & Christoph Oeschger, OK-RM, Aurelie Painnece, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf et Jean-François Proulx, Walid Raad, Ridinghouse, Pier-Philippe Rioux, Julie Picard, Possibles Éditions, Anne-Marie Proulx, Thomas Sauvin, Chloe Scheffe, Rachel Skimover, Sternberg Press, Studio Fludd, The (M) éditions & Gil Rigoulet & Les Graphiquants, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Uncanny Editions, Jim Verburg, Voyage Collective, Sam Winston, Work in Progress, and Robert Zhao Renhui.

Third Floor Hallway Galleries: Somewhere in the Middle (TOABF)

Somewhere in the Middle is comprised of work from five Saskatchewan based multidisciplinary artists. A prairie province situated in the middle of Canada, Saskatchewan is notoriously referred to as the “middle” province. A trope that suggests it can be easily passed over, or may suffer an inferiority complex, such as that attributed to the middle child. This exhibition problematizes this notion of the “middle” by revealing the important artistic, cultural production currently taking place in Saskatchewan. These Artists address locality through a lens that unpacks larger political, environmental, social, and theoretical concerns. Though a seemingly disparate range of works, the underlying common thread is their rigorous production of small books, zines, ephemera and photographs.

Artists: Amalie Atkins, Joi Arcand, Troy Gronsdahl, Ellen Moffat, and Kara Uzelman.

At Typology: Working Title (Toronto Art Book Fair Pop-Up Exhibition)


Hours: Friday–Sunday from 12–5 pm (except statutory holidays) and by appointment

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present Working Title, a pop-up exhibition presented on behalf of the first ever Toronto Art Book Fair hosted at Artscape Youngplace. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of unique and editioned artists’ books, publications, and multiples by local and international artists who have participated in our program over the past three years. The works will be accompanied by images representing the artists’ current or main practices including sculpture, installation, video, photography, and more, as well as extended labels that discuss how and why these artists engage the book format as a sideline to, or more integral aspect of, their artistic practice.

Artists: Lyla Rye, Leif Low-Beer, Manuel Saiz, Cathryn Miller, Janine Miedzik, Josée Pedneault, Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, Maria Flawia Litwin, Nicolas Fleming, Faye Mullen, Susana Reisman, Emily Cook and Christopher Manson

Our Safe Spaces

May 2 – 16, 2016 | Flex Studio 107 & 109

Hours: Open Daily from 9am-5pm

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An Exhibition of Photography by Independent School Students.

Presented by Holy Trinity School & St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School.

‘Our Safe Spaces Project’ invited students to think about the spaces and places in their lives. Students were encouraged to think about where, when and with whom they feel most welcome, accepted, comfortable, and photograph their ‘safe spaces’ in a way that communicates that feeling to the viewer.

At a time when young people are experiencing anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure like never before, this exhibition encouraged over 600 students in Grade 6-12 from seventeen CIS member schools to recognize and depict the spaces where they feel safest.

On The Surface | Susana Reisman

May 7 – June 11, 2016 | Typology, Third Floor

Hours: Friday-Sunday from 12-5pm (except statutory holidays) and by appointment


TYPOLOGY is pleased to present On The Surface | Susana Reisman, featuring the artist’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Encompassing aspects of both drawing and painting even as it foregrounds relationships between sculpture and photography, the exhibition includes a selection of large-scale colour photographs and several freestanding wood sculptures.

In her surprisingly painterly photographs of industrial wood finishing rooms, Reisman makes visible, through the material’s apparent absence, the many layers, and intensive labour, that must be applied to re-surface wood products for commercial purposes. Conversely, her exquisitely tactile sculptures, left in various states of fabrication and finish, evince the vivid and varied marks of her experimental method of “drawing” into their surfaces with a table saw. Where the photographs speak to processes of surfacing in wood’s absence, the wood sculptures make present a new awareness of surface by virtue of the tangible marks made upon them, a visible index of the artist’s manual explorations on wood to varying depths and degrees.

As a meditation on both formal and conceptual interfaces between wood’s multiple planes, On The Surface is a visual delight which belies the artist’s deeper concern and ambivalence toward humanity’s desire for perfection as expressed in our fraught relationship with the natural world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new catalogue featuring an original curatorial essay and full documentation of the show.

On The Surface is a Featured Exhibition of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Bad Behaviour

May 16 – June 5, 2016 | Third Floor, Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays


This group exhibition features the work of eight female photographers based in Toronto. Formed in 2014, the collective created a mandate to support women’s voices in photography through SOFIA (Society of Females in Art). Each member is exhibiting a body of work interpreting the chosen theme of Bad Behaviour, where adolescence, social rebellion, regret, body image, fears, secrets, and emotional catharsis are explored.

Artists: Anya Chibis, Regina Garcia, Angela Lewis, Kerry Shaw, May Truong, Brooke Wedlock, Michelle Yee, Raina Kirn

Curated by Clare Vander Meersch


May 25 – June 10, 8am – 9pm daily | Second Floor, Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays



from my perspective;

from where I stand;

from my point of view;

the way I see it.

Mindset is an annual juried photography exhibition presenting works by artists who are members of Workman Arts. Participating artists respond to the concept of “mindset” to reflect on individual and collective experiences, beliefs and thoughts as they contribute to mental attitude or disposition. Works in this exhibition examine how our mental attitudes influence our interpretations of events, our environment, and our relationships.

Participating Artists:

Claudette Abrams

Mark Belvedere

Marco Buonocore

Jaene Castrillon

Treese Flenniken

Heather Fulton

Sean Patenaude

Annette Seip

Tanya Workman

Jurors: Lise Beaudry, Marco Buonocore, Sharon Switzer

Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan 

April 1 – May 1, 2016 | Typology,Third Floor | Daily Screenings, Friday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm


TYPOLOGY presents Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan, curated by Oana Tanase. Featuring a critical selection of this internationally known artist’s experimental films, Script, Stage, Screen is the first solo exhibition of Mureșan’s work in Toronto, which we are very pleased to present in partnership with the 29th edition of the Images Festival (April 14–23, 2016).

Through the use of puppetry, Mureșan engages performative modes of writing, enacting, and visualizing both the absurd and the whimsical, bringing viewers into surprising and intimate discourse with crucial themes of our times. Whether performing the scripts of influential playwrights such as Saviana Stănescu (Dog Luv, 2009) or generating new texts (I’m Protesting Against Myself, 2011, in collaboration with Gianina Cărbunariu, or Untitled, 2015, with members of the community), Mureșan’s projects speak to ideals of collective intelligence even as they concede the continuing failure of true communality. The audience is challenged not only to reflect upon themes of trust and belief, and the violence that often characterizes interactions between the self, society, and structures of power, but also to imagine a hybrid space in which the ordinary and fantastic can coexist.

The films are supplemented with selections from an outstanding list of publications that offer multiple perspectives on Mureșan’s engagement with both the real world and works of others, and with the visual, literal, political and metaphorical discourses these works encompass. Script, Stage, Screen will also be accompanied by a new catalogue featuring an original essay by the Romanian-born, Toronto-based curator and researcher (and current TYPOLOGY curatorial resident) Oana Tanase. Dates for a catalogue launch and other exhibition-related events will be announced soon. For more information, visit our website at

About the Artist

Ciprian Mureșan (b. 1977) lives and works in Cluj, Romania. Recent solo exhibitions and presentations include: Working from Language, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest (2015), Your survival is guaranteed by treaty, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2015), Presentation and Video Screening, Centre Pompidou – Cinema 2, Paris (2015), Obstacle Racing, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (2014), Stage and Twist (with Anna Molska), Tate Modern, London (2012), and Recycled Playground, on view successively at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2011), Centre d’art contemporaine, Geneva (2012), and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013).

His work has also been featured in a number of important international group exhibitions, including: Chercher le garçon, Musée d´art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC/Val (2015), Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory and Revolution 1916–2016, MAK–Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (2015), Workers leaving the studio. Looking away from socialist realism, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (2015), Allegory of the Cave Painting, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2014), Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) (2012), Les Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris (2010); The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York; and The Seductiveness of the Interval, the Romanian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Since 2005, Mureșan has been a member of the editorial team at IDEA arts+society magazine.

About the Curator

Oana Tanase is a Toronto-based independent curator and researcher. She holds a MA in Art History and Theory from the National University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania and is currently completing her PhD thesis that aims at discussing documentary practices in contemporary art.

Her latest curatorial projects in Toronto include Moving right along | Nicolas Fleming (with Shani K Parsons), TYPOLOGY, Dan Perjovschi: As If All Yesterday’s News Should Be Rehearsed Today For A Better Tomorrow, YYZ Artists’ Outlet; Community (Love) Creates Change (with Denise Moraze), Peter MacKentrick Community Gallery; and Before and After: Celebrating 100 Years of The Barns (with Vid Ingelevics), Artscape Wychwood Barns. Previously, she worked as a curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest (2006-2012) and as an assistant curator at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig (2005-2006).

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the 29th edition of the Images Festival (April 14–23, 2016), produced in collaboration with Galeria Plan B Cluj/Berlin, and proudly supported by dekla.

Raymond Boisjoly: Over a distance between one and many

April 14 – June 12, 2016 | Koffler Gallery

Hours: Tues to Fri 12 PM – 6 PM, Sat &Sun 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays


The Koffler Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by Raymond Boisjoly.

Of Haida and Quebecois heritage, Vancouver artist Raymond Boisjoly explores indigenous identity within the context of change and cultural adaptability, tapping into his own subjectivity as well as the wider lens of cross-cultural contemporary positions. His process is situated in proximity to photography, concerned with the nature of technology and its transmission as a means to record and understand cultural transformation. Exploring the politics of representation, his work intentionally misuses technology to produce complex images that complicate readings.

A Primary Exhibition of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

FLIGHTS & LANDINGS | Tamara Gayer, Christine Gedeon, Janine Miedzik

March 12– late 2015 | Stairwells, Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays


TYPOLOGY is pleased to present FLIGHTS & LANDINGS, a two-part exhibition of work by three multidisciplinary artists from three different cities: Brooklyn-based Tamara Gayer, Berlin-based Christine Gedeon, and Toronto-based Janine Miedzik. Known for their visually engaging, site-responsive approaches to installation, each artist will debut a large-scale project in one of the stairwell galleries at Artscape Youngplace (the Flights), complemented by a selection of smaller artworks representing object-oriented aspects of their practices in the project space (the Landings).

Note: While the project space portion of this exhibition is only on view through April 19, the stairwell installations will remain through late 2015.Each artist draws upon sources unique to her individual history and experiences, yet they all share a lifelong fascination with cities and the built environment, symbolic representations of both in maps and signs, and the commercial methods and materials used in related trades. Translating physical and mental states of transition into the idiosyncratic lines, patterns, and planes of pure colour which make up their striking and immersive artworks, Gayer, Gedeon and Miedzik invite viewers to become fellow travelers through the playful and expansive mind-spaces of their respective imaginations..

Not a Place on a Map: the Desh Pardesh Project

May 26 – June 9, 2016 | First Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays


Desh Pardesh (“home away from home” in Hindustani) was a groundbreaking multidisciplinary arts festival that took hold of the GTA from 1988-2001. Desh was dedicated to providing a venue for underrepresented and marginalized voices within the South Asian diaspora. Programming and conversations about feminism, class, sexuality, access, disability, race, caste, imperialism, and capitalism were central to the festival’s existence.

Drawing from the history of Desh Pardesh Not a Place on a Map,  facilitates intergenerational relationships between artists and activists of colour based in Toronto. This three-year initiative includes an oral history project about Desh, a mentorship program, social gatherings, exhibitions, workshops, and the development of an online archive.

This exhibition will offer excerpts from recent interviews with Desh members, alongside rare photographs and video footage of the festival. It will provide glimpses of the socio-political context into which Desh inserted itself, as well as a series of snapshots of the urgent and complex home away from home the festival served for so many.

Desh inspired and fostered the growth of many artistic and community-based initiatives, including SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). SAVAC is a non-profit, artist-run centre that works to increase the visibility of artists of colour by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development.

To get involved in the Not a Place on a Map project, contact Anna Malla at

Facebook: “Not a Place on a Map: the Desh Pardesh Project”

Twitter: @Desh_Project

Etobicoke School of the Arts Photography: Presence

May 2 – 14, 2016 | First, Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays


Etobicoke School of the Arts is proud to help the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival celebrate its 20th anniversary by showcasing the work of 41 talented photographers in their senior year of high school. The Exhibition will be a culmination of student exploration and research resulting in contemporary photography that will make audiences think, feel, and become present. Join us in celebrating the work of these very talented artists who have won nearly 200 unprecedented international photography awards in their senior year alone.


April 14 to May 1, 2016 | First, Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm


tdsbCREATES is a system-wide celebration of dance, drama, media arts and visual arts culminating in a festival which takes place April 1 to May 1, 2016 in schools, communities, galleries, and performing arts venues around the city of Toronto.  Students, teachers, and artists will come together as a community to create, celebrate, and learn together.  The tdsbCREATES Art & Flim exhibition, featuring works from students in Grades 7-12, will take place at Artscape Youngplace from April 14 to May 1, 2016.

This year’s tdsbCREATES Arts festival is all about being Open – open to ideas, open to creativity, and open to one another.

What happens when we open our hearts and minds?
How does openness stimulate creativity?
Unlock the door, open a window- what happens?
When you close a door, does another door open?

No Walls Between Us by Pablo Muñoz

Artscape Youngplace is proud to host the winning mural of the National Youth Solidarity art contest, by Canadian migrant-rights activist Pablo Muñoz, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Street Art Toronto. Selected as winner by more than a thousand Canadians of all ages from across the country, Vancouver-based artist and rights activist Pablo Muñoz received $1,000 and worked with a seasoned public art practitioner to have his art mounted on the western wall of the AGO and now on Shaw Street at Artscape Youngplace. His work, No Walls Between Us, highlights the unique experiences of migrant and racialized LGBT youth. It was one of six pieces of art chosen by a jury to represent the theme of “Solidarity with Canada’s Two-Spirited and LGBTTIQQ Communities,” in an unprecedented exhibition celebrating WorldPride Toronto 2014. This project is actively supported by more than 55 human rights, faith-based, arts, newcomer, Aboriginal and health organizations across Canada. For a full list of project collaborators, click here.

About Pablo Muño Colombian-born Pablo Muñoz arrived to Canada as a refugee in 2000. Today, he is an accomplished citizen whose artistic work extends from painting, design, performance art and writing, and his community work centers around immigrant and refugee youth issues, intersections of queer and racialized identities, and solidarity with indigenous communities. Over the past year, Pablo worked on the Make it Count campaign — a project that created community dialogues across the province addressing challenges faced by migrant youth. He is currently working as a story editor on a documentary telling the story of queer refugees coming into Canada. He also is a member of the Vancouver Foundation’s Education Granting Committee and the City of Vancouver’s Youth Advisory Committee. The Youth Solidarity Project is funded in part by StreetARToronto, a program of the City of Toronto, as well as the K.M. Hunter Foundation.

About the 4th Wall program In theatre, the “fourth wall” is an imaginary screen that creates a virtual separation between actor and spectator. There are many ways to cross the fourth wall and to make the invisible visible. The Michaëlle Jean Foundation chose to do so through the 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible program, in collaboration with several prestigious Canadian museums and art galleries. The goal is to invite young creators to break down the invisible walls that create solitudes between individuals and communities across Canada, by opening the doors of our major cultural institutions to emerging creators from marginalized backgrounds. The Foundation offers museum and art gallery space and bursaries to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, often cut off from museums, so that they can produce original art that conveys their experiences, ideas and challenges. On display for the public to see, their work provokes debate and builds solutions.


April 7-9 from 12pm to 6pm and April 10 from 12pm to 4pm | First, Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries | Free

Closing Reception: Saturday April 9, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, refreshments and cash bar available.


Lethologica is an interdisciplinary exhibition of conceptual art, created by fourth year students, from the Studio program at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.

What does ‘lethologica’ mean? Lethologica is an unofficial word describing the phenomenon of “losing” a word as you’re about to say it.

Andy AQUINO, Daniel BERNAL, Pedro CHAN, Young Soo CHO, Celeste HAMILTON, Meena Harry PERSAD, Sarah LACASSE, Monika LATIF, Audrey MANUEL, Dhanisha MISTRY, Jes MULI, Chantal NABERT, Olivia WALLACE, Kristina ZAJA, Muzhen ZHANG, Yiling CHEN, Jason CHONG, Elvina CHU, Yi CHU, Emily Minjoo JUNG, Elyse LEDREN, Sharon LIN, Megan Francis MACDONALD, Ping YUAN, Peter WANG, Karen WONG, TJ Haoxuan. YANG, Alma YUAN, Mao Mao ZHAO, Runxin ZHENG, Desheng ZHONG

All At Once

March 9 – 19, 2016

Studio 109 | Free | Open Wednesday through Saturday 12 – 5 pm
Third Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

Artists: Jacqueline Brum, Brittany Closs, Robert Anthony O’Halloran, Julian Reeves, Sheldon Storey, Raymond Vidal

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation Program— in collaboration with Angell Gallery, Beaver Hall Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Gallery 1313, Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace and Lonsdale Gallery— is pleased to announce the 2016 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions series titled All At Once, taking place from March 2 to April 24, 2016. This series of seventeen exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional Toronto galleries.

All At Once

March 22 – April 2, 2016 | Studio 109 | Free | Open Wednesday through Saturday 12 – 5 pm

Artists: Teddy Dinsmore, Marissa Da Silva, Sooyeong Lee, Jessica Rysyk and Laura Wood

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

all_at_once_Koffler-OCAD_mar 2016

OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation Program— in collaboration with Angell Gallery, Beaver Hall Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Gallery 1313, Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace and Lonsdale Gallery— is pleased to announce the 2016 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions series titled All At Once, taking place from March 2 to April 24, 2016. This series of seventeen exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional Toronto galleries.

Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition from OCADU

March 21 – March 26 | Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm, except Saturday Mar 26, 8am – 2pm

Informal artist reception – Wednesday, March 23, 7 – 9pm


Students from OCADU’s Illustration Program exhibit twelve independently curated exhibitions developed in their Illustrative Painting course.


Homework Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition from Sheridan College

March 28 – April 2 | Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm


Students from Sheridan College’s Illustration Program exhibit twelve independently curated exhibitions developed in their Drawing and Painting Explorations course.


OPTIMYTHIC: Shawn Postoff

March 10 – 24 | Studio 107 | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 8 pm

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Webspinner Shawn Postoff presents a selection of sculptural mosaics created over the past decade.

Combining glass, tile, stone, metals, and found objects, each piece is a glittering doorway into a broad, online storytelling network of text, image, and film.

Edge: Youth Art Show

March 2 – 8, 2016
 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

Symposium and Reception: Wednesday March 2, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

WE’RE CELEBRATING 19 years of student achievement in the visual arts with a sharpened focus on arts education!

Edge: Youth Art Show is open to all Secondary School Students (grades 9-12) and young people (14-18 years) in TDSB & TCDSB schools & agencies across the GTA. It is a free 7 day exhibition of student artwork. It is non juried with over 100 high school students & youth from approximately 20 schools and agencies across the GTA participating in the program each year.
 It’s a great opportunity for youth to experience exhibiting in a professional art gallery, and connect with our learning centre, working artists and arts communities.

Edge: Youth Art Show is generously supported by Qualcomm Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber.

A Waste of Time

February 15-27, 2016 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

Waste of Time

Within a capitalist framework art is considered to be a “waste of time”. Artist Coco Guzman agrees with this statement and looks forward to inviting you to waste more time.

“A Waste of Time” is a playful manifesto on the role that art and time have in our society: notions of productivity and value are questioned by the content and the materials used in each drawing. Each original art pieces are “sold” by “quality time activity” (like cooking dinner, going for a walk, writing a poem, etc) instead of $$. A Waste of Time is a statement on the revolutionary potential of taking time to dare, socialize, explore, experiment and do absolutely nothing.

This exhibition is not only an intellectual analysis on how we use our time, but it is a personal challenge for Coco Guzman, who, like many people in Toronto, struggle to find the time to be creative for the sake of being creative.

Visible Cities

An exploratory exhibition by Trevor Campbell

February 20 – March 5, 2016 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm


Do you see yourself in your city? Visible Cities explores five global cities–NYC, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Toronto–and asks: what local stories are hidden from view and how can design make them visible?

With increasing frequency, our cities are designed for optimal participation in the global market. To focus this message within the vision of a city branding strategy, dominant urban narratives describe and prescribe identity and experience onto citizens: who we are and the way we live is censored, edited, and re-appropriated by a select group of stakeholders. The effects of this can be felt in and across many arenas, but with particular potency on urban public space–the public commons in which citizens have a right to see themselves reflected in their city. Local stories keep our cities distinct, vibrant, and responsive (just like their citizens!). Making these stories visual is a powerful way to express and claim the way we see ourselves and our cities.

Through print, digital, and structural design, Visible Cities explores accessible and responsive strategies for reclaiming urban localities through public design.

Visible Cities Speaker Series

Continue the conversation by seeing how others are helping to visualize stories in public space. Each presentation will be approximately 25 minutes, followed by a short Q+A period.

Alia Scanlon, Jane’s Walk Toronto: Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Tale of a Town: Friday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Facebook: | Twitter: @visible_cities | Instagram: @visiblecities

Sonic Seeing – Jan Swinburne and Jace Traz

January 11 – February 12, 2016 | Second Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

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Many artists work in alternate disciplines and do not differentiate between different expressive forms. Music and painting are often one of those intersections. This is very much reflected in the descriptive language of these mediums. Terms and concepts like textures, space, dynamics, progressions, ambience, foreground and the like become interchangeable in the quest to describe and understand.

Jan Swinburne and Jace Traz have teamed up to combine their passions for painting and sound in the exhibition Sonic Seeing where their visual art plays counterpoint to their audio expressions.

Image Credit:

Jan Swinburne, Challenges Gauge Trusted Affect or CGTA2011
Jace Traz, Strawburied Treasure
Jan Swinburne, Alight Through Green Complexity or ATGC2012

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In Memory of Pamela Josephine Gibson

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Pamela Gibson Emerging Artist Program at Workman Arts. Donations to the Pamela Gibson Emerging Artist Program support professional training and presentation opportunities for Workman Arts member artists to develop professional arts practices.

Katherine Hartel:   Drawing A Day Project ~ 2015

January 13 – January 29, 2016 | Third Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

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An exhibition of selected drawings to mark the end of this year long project. In this year of turning 60, the question of how my artmaking relates to my life, the life of others and the world was the driving force in creating the project.  This series of 365 drawings on paper began with the quest to connect visually with my life in a range of media and approaches. The images express my observations, yearnings, foibles, and sadness;  whether it be my granddaughter showing off how she can run in her new pink running shoes, or the shoes of our family standing at the side of my father’s open grave.

Throughout the past year, my drawings have been uploaded daily at:  They are made in a variety of media and in a range of ways; including from direct observation, memory, photographic and media sources and pure imagination.

Personal reactions to my work became integral to the process.  It seems that the act of watching the blog became as much a daily ritual for others as it has for me. Photos or comments sent to me often inspired more drawings, for example, the story of a rare monarch butterfly sighting after a friend’s funeral (drawing 258) or being asked by my cousin to draw her dying father’s hands (drawing 317).

My goal for this year long process was to capture life, however it occurs that day, with as much authenticity, connectedness and rawness as I can muster.

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