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Gallery mission

The Public Gallery is one of the many ways we seek to re-imagine how the celebration and showcasing of local and marginalized artists can happen. The gallery allows us to create room to redefine who gets to call themselves an “artist” and blur the lines between art, design, and community practice. Our gallery is not funded, and run solely from the profit of our other work, so we also try to create reciprocal relationships through skills exchanges, like supporting artists in the design and set up of their exhibits, concept development, and writing artist statements.

The gallery provides accessible entry points into creating, showing, and viewing art, and it shows how art doesn’t need to be intentionally difficult to understand to be thoughtful and critical. The gallery also invites us to constantly create access in multiple ways, whether it’s by supporting artists through the creative process of their work, providing viewers with plain language hand-outs that explain our exhibits, or engaging in dialogue at our artist community events.

We program the gallery with the understanding that any work that’s shown in a community needs to be able to be read by people in that community. We’re often reflecting on the site-specificity of our space -- a gallery window in Parkdale, on Indigenous land, across from a school, at a bus stop, etc. -- and in these ways, we challenge the conventional role and relationship of a gallery to its surrounding community. Our gallery is also one of our favourite ways of community engagement. We love building capacity with artists to run community engagement and popular education workshops that in turn deepens the connection between their artwork and the community.

Past exhibitions

November 15, 2019 - January 11, 2020

Langar Haul and 한/han

Langar Haul by Priya “Pree” Rehal and 한/han, 2019 by Heidi Cho each speak to the complex and contradictory relationships to oneself and family as artists living in diaspora. This exhibit is curated by the Shameless Talking Back Feminist Media Conference.

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September 12, 2019 - October 31, 2019

Resilient Growth

Resilient Growth is a collaborative exhibit that explores how communities can grow resiliency through collective storytelling and creative expression. This exhibit reminds us that through sharing and listening to each other, we can continue to exist and love in a world that would deem us unnecessary.

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July 15, 2019 - September 10, 2019

Footprints of Change

Footprints of Change is a critical reflection on the ongoing gentrification happening in Parkdale. With the upcoming building demolitions at Dufferin and King, the artists wanted to highlight the negative impact of gentrification at specific sites, as well as uplift the ongoing and lasting communities that continue to sustain anti-gentrification movements in Parkdale.

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