Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2016 @ AYP

Celebrate 20 years of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival with us! This year we have 4 different Contact Festival shows over the month of May: Holy Trinity/St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, Etobicoke School of the Arts, The Society Of Females In Art, and Workman Arts. And don’t miss the current Koffler exhibition, which is also a CONTACT show!

More about the CONTACT exhibitions happening at AYP:

Our Safe Spaces Project
May 2–15
Reception: May 2, 6:30pm–8:30pm
On view in Flex Studios 107 & 109
Elsa Gillard. The Sacred Mala. 2015

Holy Trinity School, in partnership with St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, is excited to exhibit photography by Grade 6-12 students of CIS Ontario and CAIS affiliated schools. 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, and comfortable, and then to photograph their “safe spaces.”

Curated by Carol Anne Calderone (Holy Trinity School) & Leanne Mladen (St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School)

May 2–15
Reception: May 5, 6pm–8pm
On view in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Floor Hallway Galleries

Soda Pop Liptrott. Untitled. 2015

Contemporary photography that is personal, thoughtful, and often full of risks has been created by the Grade 12 photography class at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Please come and support these 40 articulate and talented artists..

Curated by Glenn Novak

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May 16-June 4
Reception:  May 18, 6-10pm
On view in the 3rd Floor Hallway Galleries
Raina Kirn. Untitled. 2015.

The Society Of Females In Art (SOFIA) inaugural exhibition, presented as part of 2016’s 20th Annual CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada, features never-before seen work of its 8 original founding members, each presenting unique interpretations of the theme, “Bad Behaviour” with visual explorations into the ideas of childhood and adolescence, social rebellion, cultural expectations, regret, fears, secrets and emotional catharsis.
SOFIA is a women’s photography collective that aims to promote and support the work of its members.  Our mission is to challenge, encourage and elevate one another through each member’s creative processes, foster a sense of community, as well as to support emerging female voices in the photographic realm.
Curated by Clare Vander Meersch

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May 24–June 10
Reception: May 26, 7pm–9pm
On view in 2nd Floor Hallway Galleries
Marco Buonocore. Untitled. 2006.
Mindset is an annual juried exhibition of photo-based works produced by Workman Arts. Participating artists with experience of mental illness or addictions present works that respond to the concept of “mindset,” to reflect on individual and collective experiences, beliefs, and thoughts as they contribute to mental attitude or disposition. This exhibition examines the way mental attitudes influence interpretations of events, environment, and relationships.

Curated by Chris Mitchell