The best discoveries occur accidentally. That statement rings true, considering how I came upon my “discovery”. I was trying to locate a class tutorial, and ended up walking into the University of Toronto Art Centre.
Located at University College (on the ground floor at 15 King’s College Circle), the Art Centre serves as the hub for all things artistic on the St. George campus. It’s a free public art gallery whose mandate is to showcase works by Canadian contemporary artists. However, they occasionally showcase works by other artists – a recent exhibit examined the works of North Korean artists (a video of the exhibit’s accompanying symposium can be found here.)
Aside from visual arts, the space is also host to concerts from a variety of musical genres in their art lounge, also located on the ground floor. Upcoming concerts include the Ton Beau String Quartet this Wednesday March 23rd from noon til 1pm; the Guitar Orchestra this Thursday at 7:30pm; and the Baroque ensemble on Tuesday April 5th from noon til 1pm.
Did you know that student groups can book arts-related events at the Centre’s art lounge? An application will need to be filled out and returned to the centre. If your campus group is interested in booking the space, click here for more information.
I’m looking forward to checking out their upcoming exhibit, “Sanaugaq: Things Made By Hand”, which will run from March 31st until April 16th. The exhibit features the works of contemporary Inuit artists, and seeks to address the issue of how to remain artistically authentic while producing work for viewing by, and consumption of, a southern (non-Inuit) audience.
Also occurring during that same time period is the Graduating Exhibition featuring the works of students from the MVS programme.
The University of Toronto Art Centre is open from Tuesday to Friday, 12 noon until 5pm, and Saturdays from noon until 4pm. They’re closed on Sundays and Mondays. The centre is wheelchair accessible. Admission is always free!