In partnership with TBLGAY (Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Asexual at York)  and the York Federation of Students (YFS), the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) presents  a new collaborative project for Pride Toronto 2020 featuring new work by Ness Lee.

For Pride Toronto 2020,  AGYU is excited to announce this new collaborative project which commissions an artwork by the acclaimed Toronto-based artist Ness Lee. Lee’s work moves between drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, through which they explore intimacy and self-love, creating space for vulnerability, discomfort, and acceptance.

Annually,  AGYU, TBLGAY, and YFS join forces to commission an artist float for the Toronto Pride Parade. With the cancellation of this year’s Pride festivities, we re-imagined our collaboration, inviting artist Ness Lee to produce a participatory mural project for TBLGAY’s shared space. TBLGAY is a safer space on York University’s Keele campus for the queer and trans community. Run by a volunteer collective, it is a welcoming place with a social atmosphere and an ever-growing library of resources, books, and magazines. The mural will be envisioned by Lee and produced collectively with members of York University’s 2SLGBTQIAP+ communities.  To coincide with the completion of the mural, set to launch in Fall 2020, AGYU will also be releasing a limited edition pin by Lee.

This project comes out of conversations between Lee and TBLGAY about queering space, and what it means, in the artist’s words, “to make space for selves and future selves.” For Lee, collectivity is at the core of this project and they have been developing creative approaches to allow for gathering and collaboration despite the pandemic precautions of physical distancing.

Lee intertwines historical occurrences with personal narratives to create tender and ethereal artworks. Their work has been featured at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as well as numerous art galleries in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Toronto. Lee has also participated in mural festivals across Canada and internationally in Hyderabad, India, and Cozumel, Mexico.

For more information as this project develops, follow the AGYU and TBLGAY on social media for project updates.

The AGYU thanks YFS and TBLGAY for their collaboration and support of this project.



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