The Public Gallery
The Public Gallery is a 2m x 3.5m street-facing gallery, featuring art that explores issues of social justice and anti-oppression. We believe that art should be accessible — created and enjoyed by everybody, — and inspire change. The gallery can be viewed anytime from Lansdowne Ave. at Seaforth in Toronto.
Over the past two months, The Public’s gallery has been home to Boxed, an exhibit that explores the theme of shame by members of the Shameless Magazine Youth Advisory Board, Artists Arina Moiseychenko, Alex Newton, Kai Trotz-Motayne, and Caroline Wang created a collection of words from people in their lives that describe experiences of shame. Through this installation, the artists hoped to challenge and make visible the feelings of isolation and loneliness that keeps us from reaching out, connecting with others, and finding communities of support and resistance.
We are proud to welcome found, our inaugural Parkdale Artist Residency exhibit by jes sachse. Through found, jes explores questions of what it means to contribute care into neighbourhood as a second generation settler immigrant, along with themes of language translation, signage, disability, and home. Check out found in the gallery from June 16 to July 31, and come out to our exhibit launch event at the studio on Friday, June 23 at The Public for a special night with jes sachse in dialogue with their artist mentor Francisco-Fernando Granados.
Art and Tomatoes by artists Tzazná + Queso highlights and reflects on the Justice for Migrant Workers’ Harvesting Freedom Campaign, organized to mark the 50th year in which migrant farmworkers come to Canada to feed our families and yet have no access to citizenship. Exhibiting as part of this year’s Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, this fluid intersection of art, design and activism carries a deep intentionality about the artworks and their impact. Check it out in The Public’s window gallery now until May 30th, in addition to their other installations at Steelworkers Hall and Whippersnapper Gallery. Find out more about Mayworks and this year’s program here!
From February 11 to April 4, our gallery will be home to the Annual Black Future Month Exhibition, featuring work from Black Future Month 3017’s collection of artists, exploring the far-off distant future envisioned by Black people. This quantum leap into the future, takes us not only 50 or even 100 years ahead, but 1000 years. The distant date is meant to provide a platform that enables Black people to break from the historic ties of oppression still prominent today.
Common Threads is a collective visioning and participatory installation that explores the intersections between the values that inform our community-based work, the visionary practices that we seek to incorporate in the world, and the art we practice every day.