Student Engagement

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is one of Canada’s leading public, university-affiliated contemporary art galleries. The award-winning gallery program consists of local, national, and international artists working at the forefront of contemporary art, publishing, and curatorial practices today. 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, including students at York. 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.

Known for commissioning works in all media—including dance, film, performance, social practice, and multi-media works—AGYU provides students with opportunities to collaborate with artists in the production of professional works that are shown at AGYU and internationally. AGYU provides various opportunities for students to gain significant “real life” professional experience that can be applied to many creative sectors. Through AGYU, students participate as artists’ assistants, designers, co-creators, researchers, filmmakers, and protagonists in AGYU commissions. AGYU’s residency program brings artists from around the world to contribute to the interdisciplinary research at York and students of all disciplines—from Health to Science; Environmental Studies to Social Work and computational arts; and many more—collaborate on research-driven projects within their Faculties/Departments, obtaining credits toward their course work. Each year, AGYU works with student groups on campus to design and produce YorkU’s annual Pride parade float and on-campus activities. AGYU is a strong supporter of student-led initiatives on campus. In 2017, AGYU was named by students as one of the top “safe-spaces” on campus.

Through AGYU’s collection, students have opportunities to conduct primary art historical and curatorial research, learn how to handle and install artworks, and stay up-to-date with current trends in collections management. Under the mentorship of AGYU curators, AGYU’s Curatorial Intensive provides students with opportunities to curate—from ideation to installation—a fully-funded exhibition and publication. Through our education initiatives and social practice projects, students gain experience working with diverse communities, under-serviced neighbourhoods, and youth-at-risk. AGYU’s close ties with Indigenous artists, thinkers, and community leaders have provided learning opportunities for students involved in our residencies and commissions to foster de-colonial practices—which are then applied to their specific disciplines of study.

With paid work-study positions, assistantships, and volunteer opportunities, AGYU provides undergraduate students with hands-on, professional experience, preparing them for future careers in the creative sector. Graduate students benefit from commissions and professional exhibition opportunities as well as paid Research Associateships geared toward their particular, interdisciplinary research. Student-led exhibition tours provide students an intersectional platform to present research in public and link it with artists’ practices. Yearly cash awards for artwork and writing support and celebrate York’s student’s creative production.

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
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
Writing Award 2013 Best Review: Sara Angelucci “Provenance Unknown

Writing Award 2013 Best Review: Sara Angelucci “Provenance Unknown

student engagement
1 May 2013
Writing Award 2013 Best Article: Deanna Bowen’s “Invisible Empires”

Writing Award 2013 Best Article: Deanna Bowen’s “Invisible Empires”

student engagement
1 May 2013
Writing Award 2012 Best Review: Generation: Getting Familiar with “History, Glamour, Magic”

Writing Award 2012 Best Review: Generation: Getting Familiar with “History, Glamour, Magic”

student engagement
3 Apr 2012
Writing Award 2012 Best Article: In There and Out There: AGYU’s Will Munro Retrospective as Antirelational Aesthetic

Writing Award 2012 Best Article: In There and Out There: AGYU’s Will Munro Retrospective as Antirelational Aesthetic

student engagement
3 Apr 2012
Writing Award 2010 Best Review: The Erasure of Rhythm: Brendan Fernandes’ Relay League

Writing Award 2010 Best Review: The Erasure of Rhythm: Brendan Fernandes’ Relay League

student engagement
24 Apr 2010
Writing Award 2009 Best Review: The Gallery Killed the Video Star: The Communism of Forms

Writing Award 2009 Best Review: The Gallery Killed the Video Star: The Communism of Forms

student engagement
1 Sep 2009
Writing Award 2009 Best Essay

Writing Award 2009 Best Essay

student engagement
1 Sep 2009
Youtube: History Re-linked

Youtube: History Re-linked

student engagement
1 Aug 2009
Studio Video Screening Hot New Video Art 2009 Dissecting the Narrative

Studio Video Screening Hot New Video Art 2009 Dissecting the Narrative

student engagement
7 May 2009
Student and Emerging Artist Video Screening at the AGYU – HOT NEW VIDEO ART!

Student and Emerging Artist Video Screening at the AGYU – HOT NEW VIDEO ART!

student engagement
7 Nov 2007
Where I End and You Begin: Wrik Mead and Mike Hoolboom

Where I End and You Begin: Wrik Mead and Mike Hoolboom

student engagement
15 Mar 2004
Acting Out

Acting Out

student engagement
19 Jan 2004

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

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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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