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 Champion Artist-Led Advocacy
We believe there is a real and sustained need to fight for the rights of artists, to protect creative freedoms and to draw attention to longstanding inequalities.
We Disrupt Systemic Barriers
We are committed to creating an anti-oppressive environment and working with historically underrepresented artists and curators.
We Lead On Critical Issues
The global and local issues that most urgently need our attention are conversations that will always find a home at Gallery TPW.
We Embrace Change
We are flexible by design, supporting programmatic and institutional plasticity.
We Experiment Fearlessly
We take risks, we embrace failure and we provide artists with an opportunity to test out groundbreaking ideas. The image is an open-ended starting point for the artists we collaborate with to embark on cross-disciplinary explorations.
We Are A Good Neighbour
We strive to build authentic and grassroots relationships with those who need us most to better serve the local arts community.
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Curator of Programming and Public Engagement
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communications @ gallerytpw.ca
Since its formation in 1977, Gallery TPW 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 nearly 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.