Flex Studios Info Session

A free session for people interested in learning about the Flex Studios and the benefits of becoming a member of this new program…

Erratic Room Film Screening and Artist’s Talk

Join us for this family-friendly film screening and informal artist’s talk featuring two hilarious Buster Keaton shorts that inspired Lyla Rye’s installation, ERRATIC ROOM. Bring your own pillow (chairs available as needed); we’ll have the popcorn!

Each short is around 20 minutes long. Come at 1pm to see Lyla Rye’s installation and get your seat; first screening starts at 1:30. After a short break, the second screening will start, followed by a brief artist’s talk and kid-friendly Q+A. Stay for as long as you like!

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Exhibit in the Hallway Galleries

Calling all artists, curators, arts organizations and collectives

Deadline: December 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm

The Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries is impressive new public exhibition space, spanning 9,350 sq.ft. of spectacular corridor and stairwell space on three floors. The spaces are ideal for a wide variety of art forms and curatorial projects. Hundreds of people will enter the building daily, including the staff and guests of the building’s 30+ organizations and artists, members of the public visiting the Youngplace Coffee Pub and Urban Living Lounge, and art lovers interested in attending specific exhibitions.

Artscape is currently accepting expressions of interest for exhibitions taking place during the 2014 calendar year. To apply, please download the Request for Expressions of Interest (pdf) and complete the online application form.

Unarchive and Stairmasters Guide

Our exhibition guide to Unarchive and Stairmasters, the two inaugural exhibitions in the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries curated by Heather Nicol, is now available on-site and here as a download.

Inside, you’ll find our welcome message from Managing Director Natasha Mytnowych, a statement from the curator, detailed descriptions of the works in these two exhibitions, plus full-size images.


“The Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace are a collection of new spaces for art exhibition. In total, the Hallway Galleries occupy 9,350 square feet of space in the hallways and stairwells of this historic school. Featuring dramatic ceiling heights and period details, the Hallway Galleries are unique and evocative—the perfect place for inspiration, learning and discovery. We are so pleased to open our doors with such a special exhibition. The Hallway Galleries are open seven days a week with free admission. We hope you’ll visit often.”

– Natasha Mytnowych


“The astonishing story of us in a scarcity of time”

This multidisciplinary exhibition is an investigation into the various ways in which in our mundane everyday chores we are reminded that there is just not enough time to reflect or truly connect. Yet sometimes our paths intersect, causing us to pause and reminding us to feel that we are not alone. In “The astonishing story of us in a scarcity of time,” images of individuals with subliminal contacts, resembling the ants’ colony, are reminded of their collective existence. It is this sublime narrative that makes the work of Shabnam K.Ghazi subtle and minimal yet complex in its visual beauty.

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Friday: 5-8 pm
Saturday and Sunday : 1-6 pm
Or by appointment for private viewing

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.

Selling Your Portfolio, Managing Your Projects

We just added two more workshops to the Business Skills for Growth calendar! Both presented by Work In Culture, the first is for creatives who want to get their portfolios in front of the right people. The next is for project managers honing their “on time, on brief, on budget” mantra. Visit Events and search for “launchpad” to see everything in this series.

PROMO: an exhibition exploring local graphic design and poster art for the stage.

The SummerWorks Performance Festival and Artscape Youngplace present an exhibition exploring local graphic design and poster art for the stage.

These graphic designers tackle the challenge of condensing a complex live experience into iconic and informational imagery for a variety of print and online media. Reflecting a range of digital techniques and the incorporation of photography and mixed media, this selection of visual materials celebrates the various approaches to the collaboration of visual and performance-based artists.

Each graphic designer has employed compelling methods to communicate the evanescent experience of a live art work, actively crafting the essence of another artist’s aesthetic in a realm beyond the stage. Each printed work is created with the intention of inviting and intriguing a potential audience for a performance, yet each leaves an indelible visual impression, through the powerful distillation and artful composition of the materials themselves.

Join us in celebrating the fruits and facets of the creative practice of promotional design.

Curated by Natasha Mytnowych and Michael Rubenfeld

Featuring the work of Doublenaut, Roxanne Ignatius, Jonathan Kitchen (Light Up The Sky), Tad Michalak, Monnet Design, Kilby Smith-McGregor, and Soulpepper Theatre Company designs curated by Jacob Whibley

Artscape Youngplace Community Celebration: 100 Years of Creativity

The historic Shaw Street School is 100 years old and Artscape Youngplace is throwing a community birthday party on Sunday, September 7 to mark the occasion! Join us for 100 Years of Creativity, presented by Catherine Gordon RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd, as we pay tribute to the history of this reborn building and look forward to another century of artistic growth and inspiration at Artscape Youngplace with an afternoon of drop-in art activities, cupcake decorating, guided tours, tasty treats and more.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting future community initiatives and events at Artscape Youngplace. Admission is free; activities and food are ticketed ($2 for one, $10 for six, $20 for twenty).

From 1:00 to 4:00 pm, the event will feature an array of hands on art workshops, including:

  • Graven Feather’s Art on the Dot: design and contribute your own piece to an interactive outdoor art installation
  • Try your hand at silk screening with expert designer Kingi Carpenter of Peach Berserk: use the materials provided or bring along a wearable to create the ultimate custom fashion statement
  • Pick up a paint brush and get creative with our Freestyle Paint Party with Paintlounge & Above Ground Art Supplies
  • Make an apple or chalkboard mosaic with Mosaicworks just in time for back to school season
  • Experiment with paper sculpture and contribute to the new Givins-Shaw School garden fence with Paperhouse Studio
  • Artsy manicures are all the rage: don’t miss this chance to get a fantastic set of artful nails from our friends from Pinky’s Nail Art and Wow Wow Nails
  • Transform your face into a masterpiece with face painting by visual artists Ginette Lapalme and Alicia Nauta, two local artistswho will be creating new artistic projects for Artscape Youngplace this fall
  • Compete for neighbourhood-wide fame and glory in our Cupcake Decorating Contest: bring your best cupcake in the theme “100 Years of Creativity” or decorate one on site with experts from Le Dolci Bakery. For entry details, email

For the fuzzier members of your family, Unleashed in the City + Follow the Leader are hosting a Back to School Pet Party featuring a D.I.Y. bandana-making station, dog training activities and a photobooth to capture the moment. Don’t have a pup? Tenacity the Bulldog, the Givins/Shaw Mascot, will be happy to pose for a photo.

After flexing your creative muscles, enjoy an array of tasty treats including delicious street food from Localista, gourmet popsicles from Philip’s Ice Pops, a Creative Lemonade Stand by Youngplace Coffee Pub and Metro, or stop by the Lucky Penny General Store for snacks and ice cream.

Wander through the hallways of the old school and be invited into Open Studios hosted by the artists and organizations of Artscape Youngplace. Be sure to check out Viewpoints, a visual art exhibition that spans three floors and features twelve artists of distinction from the upcomingQueen West Art Crawl. Guided tours of the building depart at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

Community Sponsor: Catherine Gordon RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.

Catherine Gordon dot com

Event Partners: Above Ground Art Supplies, Stacey Boag, Central Canada Bulldog Club, Follow the Leader, Graven Feather, Home Depot, Sara Howie, Ginette Lapalme, Le Dolci Bakery, Localista, Lucky Penny General Store, Metro, Mosaicworks, Alicia Nauta, Pacha Balloon Creations, Paintlounge, Paperhouse Studio, Peach Berserk, Pinky’s Nail Art, Philip’s Ice Pops, Unleashed in the City, Wow Wow Nails, Aaron Youngand Youngplace Coffee Pub.