Image: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Chandra Melting Tallow, and Tania Willard, installation documentation of Coney Island Baby at Gallery TPW, 2018
Gallery TPW is a leading artist-run centre dedicated to exhibiting underrepresented artistic and curatorial practices that push the boundaries of lens-based work.
We hold space for critical issues
We are responsive to global and local concerns and urgencies.
We disrupt systemic barriers
We are committed to adopting anti-oppressive frameworks and collaborating with underrepresented artists, curators and thematics.
We are nimble, take risks, embrace failure and provide artists with an opportunity to test new ideas and processes.
We embrace change
We are flexible by design, supporting programmatic and institutional plasticity.
We strive to be community-oriented
We prioritize the sharing of resources and working collectively.
noa @ gallerytpw.ca
Curator of Programming and Public Engagement
annie @ gallerytpw.ca
Heather Canlas Rigg
heather @ gallerytpw.ca
moksha @ gallerytpw.ca
Since its formation in 1977, Gallery TPW (originally Toronto Photographers Workshop) has evolved alongside changes in the production, distribution, and perception of photography, film, and video. Our diverse roster of exhibitions, screenings, performances, commissioned writing, and public programs expands awareness of the vital role that images play in contemporary culture.
Gallery TPW began its program of continuous exhibitions in 1980. In 1990, the TPW Acquisitions Committee was formed, which today exists as the TPW Collection at the Ryerson Image Centre. Through several locations and across over forty years, Gallery TPW has launched the careers of significant Canadian artists and has developed a national reputation and international community through collaboration with fellow artist-run centres, public galleries, educational institutions, and festivals.
From 2012 - 2014, we ran TPW R&D, a flexible storefront space for artistic performance and educational experiments with spectator experience and the development of critical visual literacy. Briefly stepping away from structured exhibition models refreshed our understanding of how to support artists, reconfiguring the idea of research as a creative process to be shared with and in multiple publics.
Since opening our new home in April 2015, we have integrated the insights from TPW R&D into more structured exhibition models. Our diverse program now encompasses exhibitions; theatrical-, sound-, and movement-based performances; constructed social events; and lectures, discussions, and reading groups.
Gallery TPW has always supported new, generative, and exploratory art practices. Today, we want to help audiences understand how art accrues meaning and to better understand how an institution’s choices influence that meaning. This commitment to audience engagement, self-reflexive inquiry, and transparency unites Gallery TPW’s efforts and distinguishes us from our peers.