The AGYU believes that a contemporary art gallery should serve an aesthetic and social function, that it must be fluid and flexible and transform itself through a reciprocal engagement with artists and communities. Situated in one of Toronto’s most diverse suburbs and located at one of Canada’s most multi-cultural universities, AGYU has reinvented itself in order to become responsive to this nuanced cultural context and to make its location a catalyst for artistic risk-taking and institutional innovation. We’ve always believed that the institution itself must be self-aware, willing to change its very fabric and ways of working.

This radical reimagining of the role and function of a contemporary art gallery with a deep commitment to exploring the potential of our hybrid identity as a public-university gallery affords us means our projects are at once civic, activist, and pedagogical. With projects conceived to serve a social and civic function, the institution itself is challenged to play an active role. Transforming outreach into “in-reach,” we strive to be open to different forms of production, cultural protocols, and social economies and bring them into the gallery in order to change the way in which contemporary art is conceived and produced here.

Our contribution beyond the walls of the gallery proper is to imagine our civic role in the wider milieu of the visual arts community of Canada. We do this through primary research and advocacy, for instance the Waging Culture Survey—the go-to source for socio-economic data on Canadian visual artists.

Campus activation values students as change-makers and civic leaders. For us, set within a commuter school located in the suburbs, this also makes us a centre in the margins. Our campus activation takes into consideration the geo-political space of this milieu, where we forge active ally-ships to facilitate student-generated initiatives, using the campus grounds as a platform for public art, performances, and action-research.

Curating for the Future

Curating for the Future

Public Sphere
19 Jun 2019
On Pause

On Pause

off-site exhibition
16 – 25 May 2019
Turn Around, Bright Eyes

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

vitrines exhibition
17 Apr – 23 Jun 2019
Game Night with Golboo Amani

Game Night with Golboo Amani

Public Sphere
23 & 30 Jan 2019
Naz Rahbar

Naz Rahbar

vitrines exhibition
17 Jan – 17 Mar 2019
Orosi, Nima Arabi

Orosi, Nima Arabi

vitrines exhibition
13 Sep – 2 Dec 2018
Véronique Sunatori

Véronique Sunatori

vitrines exhibition
18 Apr – 24 Jun 2018
Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau

Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau

vitrines exhibition
11 Jan – 18 Mar 2018
art( i f)ACTS

art( i f)ACTS

off-site exhibition
25 May 2017
Sherri Nault

Sherri Nault

vitrines exhibition
5 Apr – 4 Jun 2019
After great pain, a formal feeling comes

After great pain, a formal feeling comes

off-site exhibition
2 May 2016
Maryam Ghayedikarimi

Maryam Ghayedikarimi

vitrines exhibition
13 Apr – 19 Jun 2016
Nicole Clouston

Nicole Clouston

vitrines exhibition
6 Jan – 6 Mar 2016
Alice Mijeong Kim

Alice Mijeong Kim

vitrines exhibition
14 Jan – 15 Mar 2015
Labour Intensive

Labour Intensive

off-site exhibition
01 Oct 2014

HOURS

Monday to Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday closed
Sunday noon – 5:00 PM

Always free

Land Acknowledgement

Accessibility

MAILING ADDRESS

Art Gallery of York University
Keele Campus, Accolade East Building
Toronto ON M3J 1P3

DIRECTIONS

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Nearest TTC Wheel-Trans stop is York University Subway (north entrance)

CONTACTING THE GALLERY

Art Gallery of York University
Accolade East Building
4700 Keele Street
Toronto ON M3J 1P3

416-736-5169

agyu@yorku.ca

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