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


New Resident Curator at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape is pleased to announce the appointment of Karie Liao as the inaugural Resident Curator at Artscape Youngplace. Karie will bring to life the 2014 programming vision for the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, working in collaboration with the Artscape Youngplace Curatorial Advisory and Artscape staff. This will involve commissioning new art works exploring a thematic artistic project throughout the year, building partnerships with local artists and organizations for dynamic exhibitions, and hosting a slate of public events encouraging cross-pollination between artists and community members. The Hallway Galleries are open to the public year-round, free of charge, and span more than 9,000 square feet of spectacular corridor and stairwell space throughout the building.

“The West Queen West neighbourhood is rich with art and culture and I look forward to contributing a fresh approach with the artistic programming at Artscape Youngplace as we showcase and commission projects that celebrate experimentation and new perspectives, encourage collaborations between artists and community members, and foster the exchange of ideas and skills within our community,” said Karie Liao.

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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

Viewpoints: Queen West Art Crawl Artists of Distinction

Viewpoints is a juried group exhibition that honours artistic excellence and innovation at the Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto’s premiere art festival. From September 3-14, the works of twelve “artists of distinction” will be showcased in the hallway galleries at Artscape Youngplace,a new community cultural hub in the 100-year-old former Shaw Street School. The exhibition spans three floors of corridor space and is open to the public daily, 8 am – 8 pm, with free admission.

Featured Artists: Paul Brandejs, Tom Chitty, Christy Hayhoe, Alex Kinsley, Tiphaine Leonard, Luo Yu, Alan McIntosh, Cynthia O’Brien, Michael Pietrocarlo, Holly Sedgwick, Michael Toole and Ryan Wood

The Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is a three-day, weekend-long festival of creativity and community that attracts thousands of art lovers to Toronto’s gallery district. This year’s event runs from September 12-14, 2014, with activities stretching from Gladstone Avenue to Trinity Bellwoods Park. The cornerstone of the festival is the Outdoor Art Show & Sale, which features a juried selection of more than 250 artists and artisans. The artists showcased in Viewpoints were selected from the Outdoor Art Show & Sale exhibitors in a second jurying process by QWAC committee members and Artscape Youngplace’s curatorial advisory. The winning artists represent the highest standard of excellence in technique, composition and craftsmanship, as well as originality and inventiveness.

On Friday, September 12, QWAC will host its Opening Night Gala at Artscape Youngplace. Admission to the event is free and guests will be able to mingle over cocktails and food from Dog Days Parkdale. In addition to the Viewpoints exhibition, there will also be a live musical performance from Alyssa Vox Raw, as well as an interactive community art piece curated by Susan Brown.

Artscape Youngplace is also the headquarters for the first annual Crawl West, an interactive tourable art experience happening September 13-14 along Queen Street West. Tours start at Artscape Youngplace every hour on the hour from 12 pm to 6 pm.

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.

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Looking for regular exhibition space? Become a Resident Exhibitor at Artscape Youngplace!
DAVE DYMENT Students Draw Scenes From Movies Which Were Filmed at Their School

Request for Proposals:  Resident Exhibitors at Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries


Artscape Youngplace is seeking proposals from individuals, collectives, organizations and institutions to utilize public exhibition space in the Hallway Galleries at deeply subsidized rates. We would like to establish ongoing relationships with a select group of exhibitors who would showcase a series of visual art projects throughout 2015 and 2016. In addition to subsidized rental rates, Resident Exhibitors will receive administrative and promotional support, access to coworking space and complimentary studio space for events, planning or creation.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm

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Presented by O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace

O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace welcome applications from artists to participate in CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, a two week exhibition featuring a public CRIT event.  Key dates are as follows:

  • Monday, November 3, 5 pm – 9 pm: exhibition installation
  • Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 pm – 9 pm: exhibition reception and public CRIT
  • Saturday, November 16, 3 pm – 8 pm: exhibition de-installation

Disseminating work beyond the walls of the studio is integral to the development of an artist’s practice. Conversation fuels the creative process with a new energy that can only be attained when it is exposed to outside perspectives.

After art school, the venues for these exercises in critique and discussion are few and far between. Those four-hour academic critiques we once struggled to focus through vanish, isolating us with our toils. And, for those who never had the privilege of an organized peer assessment, access to critical communities are even sparser.

With CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, O’Born Contemporary has partnered with Artscape Youngplace to offer wall space to local artists for an opportunity to both rediscover the importance of peer evaluation and connect to the current creative community in the city.  Participants will have the chance to present work for two weeks in the Hallway Galleries, and participate in a group event and receive feedback from many perspectives.

For this CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace will invite guest participants including artists, gallerists, curators, and writers to contribute to the conversation and enrich the experience for all.

RSVP is required for participation. The first eight artists to confirm participation will be assigned exhibition space, and will receive 15 minutes of presentation and discussion for at least one work during the public CRIT. Any RSVPs received after the first eight will be offered a spot in a future CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES. Whether presenting work or not, all artists are welcome to observe and contribute to the dialogue.

Artists will be responsible for:

  • The preparation of their works for installation and transport to Artscape Youngplace.
  • Installation of their works on Monday, November 3 between 5 pm and 9 pm.  Artists are allowed the option to self-install works at no charge following the Hallway Galleries’ installation guidelines. Artscape can also organize professional installation with secure installation hardware at an additional charge.
  • Participation at the CRIT and Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 pm and 9 pm.
  • Removal of their works and hardware on Saturday, November 16, between 3 pm and 8 pm.
  • Providing art work details for standardized exhibition signage by Monday, November 3 at 9 pm.

Participation is free for Flex Studios members. For more information about the Flex Studios program and how to become a member, please visit

To participate, please RSVP to

About the Hallway Galleries
The Hallway Galleries is an impressive public exhibition space located at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) in West Queen West, one of Toronto’s most creative neighbourhoods and a major centre for contemporary art in Canada. The building is open to the public daily and frequented by artists, cultural workers and the community. Spanning 9,350 sq.ft. of spectacular corridor space on three floors, the Hallway Galleries are ideal for a wide variety of art forms and curatorial projects. Hallways are 125’ in length with 14’ ceilings throughout and are equipped for visual art installation in a variety of media.

  • First Floor: Four permanent vitrines (94 sq.ft. total) with depths ranging from 8”-18” and featuring internal lighting, security locks, cork-covered plywood mounting surfaces, and access to power. There is limited access to additional wall/floor space throughout the first floor and mezzanine.
  • Third Floor: ~1,120 sq.ft. of reinforced gallery wall surface in 17 distinct areas, 8’ in height and ranging in length. Each area has adjustable full-spectrum lighting, access to power and is suitable for security installation hardware. Access to limited movable vitrines.
  • Second Floor: ~1,080 sq.ft. of reinforced gallery wall surface in 16 distinct areas, 8’ in height and ranging in length. Each area has adjustable full-spectrum lighting, access to power and is suitable for security installation hardware. Access to limited movable vitrines.

Additional floorplans and specifications can be downloaded here:

About O’Born Contemporary

O’Born Contemporary is a commercial gallery dedicated to the exhibition and dissemination of recent works by living artists. We aim to present an exhibition program that is diverse in medium and aesthetic but consistently rich with critical merit. Our exhibitions and the works that comprise them are both intellectually engaging and alluring commercially, making them well-suited to a myriad of diverse collections.

As gallerists and agents, we pride ourselves on our practice of fostering active relationships with our represented artists, thereby ensuring an authentic and sensitive understanding of the works we exhibit. By extension, we endeavour to maintain a contributing relationship with our local and international communities. This is achieved in part by hosting auxiliary programs including critiques, panel discussions, lectures and performances as well as participating in international events such as fairs and festivals. Engaging regularly in art happenings, we are well positioned to adapt to the fluidity of the art market without compromising the stability of vision upon which our nuanced approach to art is poised.

For more information, visit