Participating Artist-Run Centres
We are thrilled to welcome the following artist-run centres that are fuelled by artists' passion and engage in contemporary artistic and cultural practices.
New this year, we are partnering with three Artist-Run Centres: Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Ontario Society of Artists and Toronto Potters to showcase the works of their participating artists. Please make sure to visit their booths during the Exhibition.
Booth: SM-39, 40
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts is a member-run gallery supporting innovative, sustainable programming, and providing community building, networking, and partnership opportunities. Propeller garners critical acclaim and engaged public interest by supporting the creative, curatorial, and commercial endeavours of artists.
Jane Murdoch Adams, Anastessia Bettas, Sharon Dembo, Sharron Forrest, william boyd fraser, Tatjana Hutinec, Nicole Kagan, Michelle Letarte, Pria Muzumdar, Nancy Newton, Frances Patella, Keijo Tapanainen, Jack Wayne, Michael Zaharuk
Booth SM-37, 38
Founded in 1872, The Ontario Society of Artists is Canada’s longest continuing art society. OSA is a provincial, professional association for visual artists living and working across Ontario. Our non-profit, charitable organization, is administered by a volunteer executive council of artists.
The OSA's mandate is to foster and promote the visual arts through exhibitions, special projects, and arts advocacy. Historically, the work of the OSA directly led to the founding of such institutions as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD).
Over the years, the OSA membership roster has included many of Canada’s best-known painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Currently the membership consists of over two hundred active artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures, working in a wide range of media and techniques.
Each year, the Ontario Society of Artists presents exhibitions of works by members and juried art exhibitions, which are open to all artists working in two and three dimensional media. The OSA encourages emerging artists, established artists and artists from diverse backgrounds to apply for election as members of our organization.
Further information about the OSA can be found on our website at www.ontariosocietyofartists.org.
Booth Number: SM-35, 36
Toronto Potters was established as a not-for-profit, volunteer-run association in the late seventies and stands today as a large association of members who have a fascination with clay as their shared obsession. The association is committed to the organization and sponsorship of clay-related activities that contribute to the artistic growth and development of members. Since 1979 the association’s legacy of juried biennial exhibitions, supported in recent years by the Ontario Arts Council and private funders, has provided feedback for the work that members have exhibited. Public venues such as the Gardiner Museum, Craft Ontario, Harbourfront, John B. Aird Gallery and Burlington Art Center (now Art Gallery of Burlington) have all mounted Toronto Potters Exhibitions over the years.
Toronto Potters has existed for over forty years without a permanent studio space. The association supports sales of members work annually at the Winter Sale held at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Monthly meetings at the Gardiner Museum feature guest ceramic artist presenters for inspiration. Economic challenges and an urban lifestyle in Toronto have led to personal artistic exploration in many private ceramics studios. From processes for sculptural expression to wheel-thrown and altered techniques, individual diversity shows in member’ work.
The website, with members’ gallery and archive, social media - Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts - and a quarterly newsletter, communicate activities to the wide-ranging GTA membership and provide a public platform to promote group activities. Many members teach clay classes at various Toronto facilities and are a source of connection to each new generation of potters with the wider clay community. For more information contact [email protected] or visit our website at www.torontopotters.com.