Contributed by Laura Mendes
Originally built as a police station at the height of Toronto's art deco boom, Gallery 1313 has been luring Queen West gallery hoppers to the district of Parkdale for nearly a decade now. Located a wee bit west of the Gladstone Hotel at Queen and Cowan, the modernly subdued complex was converted into an artist run centre in 1998; a city initiative led by the Parkdale Village Arts Collective , the Parkdale BIA , Artscap e and former Metro Councilor, David Miller.
Since its inception, the neighbourhood has transformed rapidly, making way for trendy cafes, bars and boutiques - many of which still carry that nostalgic tinge of grunge that has defined Parkdale since the 80's. Unlike its neighbouring district to the east, the area has yet to see condo development and you can still manage to grab a cheap beer at local hangouts like the Cadillac Lounge and the Rhino .
Over the last 10 years there have been over 400 exhibitions and close to 800 local and international contemporary artists within the gallery. According to Phil Anderson, Founding Director of Gallery 1313, "Our focus at the gallery has always been to be an incubator for new artists while at the same time offering a venue for professional art exhibitions."
The gallery also plays host to a number of significant guest curators: Camilla Singh (Mocca), Kelly McCray (Edward Day Gallery), Richard Rhodes (Canadian Art Magazine, Editor), Wil Kucey (Le Gallery), Patrick Macaulay (Harbourfront Centre) and Gary Michael Dault (Art Critic), to name a few.
Beyond exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art, the gallery also publishes a quarterly community arts mag called Artery, curates an annual fundraiser fashion show, and coordinates a series of professional development panels.
Police station turned bona fide artist run centre, Gallery 1313 continues to play a critical role in the cultural transformation of Parkdale Village. Let's hope it manages to retain that Parkdale edge into the next decade.
Gallery 1313 Celebrates 20 Years
Main Gallery :A Members Exhibition Jan. 18-29
Reception Jan. 19th with live performance .
1313 Queen St. West www,g1313.org Media 647-918-6606
A Group Exhibition with over 20 artists celebrating 20 years as an artist run centre .
In twenty years Gallery 1313 has held over 1400 exhibitions with over 8000 artists . over 70 exhibits a year in four spaces with exhibitions turning around every 2 weeks. The Gallery I set up as an artist run centre , a not for profit organization with charitable status . Unlike many artist run centres it receive no core funding from the tree levels of government .
Our first exhibition was FIRST OFFENSE in Jan. 1998 . That exhibit had over 40 artists from across the city . For this 20th Anniversary we will have a performance artist as well as the works of over 20 of our members..
The Members origin was from the art collective known as the Parkdale Village Arts Collective , started in 1994 with the help of the local Parkdale Village BIA . In 1997 the art collective acquired the rental space to become Gallery 1313 in the Artscape leased city building at 1313 Queen St. West .
A former police station , the building was home to Division 6 , City of Toronto Police from 1931 – 1962 . The art deco building was constructed as a police station and the gallery was the site of 12 holding cells for prisoners . Members of the Collective helped turn the space into an art gallery .
The gallery has helped in its small way of launching the art careers of a few. It has helped the Parkdale neighbourhood transform and had some small impact on the Toronto arts community .
This year we celebrate 20 years and look forward to the next twenty years .
This is exhibit will have work from Eva Lewarne , Paul Brandejs , Sarah Carlson , Brian Deignan , Jane Theodre ,Judith Donoahue, Joanna Strong , Paul Kilbertus, Ruth Hartman, Ella Day, Jerome McNicholl, Mikael Sandblom, Philip Hare, Pat Rice, Kalynn Sinnamon, Mahshid Fathi Roodsari , Gilles Morin , Imre Hajagos, Vashty Hawkins, Gwen Tooth,Phil Anderson and others
Process Gallery THE REFLECTION ROOM presented by the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre part of the OFFSITE Design Festival .Dying and death are universal human experiences – but we usually don’t think about it, we don’t talk about it, and most Canadians have not made plans for their end of life care. So, dying and death often take place in a swirl of confusion, poor decisions, and dissatisfactory circumstances. How might we make this much better?
Human beings are storytellers. Understanding complex challenges through narrative builds empathy. Stories also trigger the imagination for future possibility. Providing places for storytelling — and places for reading the stories of others — might trigger thinking and discussion about dying and death.
As part of a year-long research project, ‘The Reflection Rooms’ is created – both short-term physical spaces across Canada, and an online website – where people are invited to write their stories about dying and death, and read the stories of others.
People are invited to visit the space, read stories that others have shared, take a moment to reflect on their own experiences, and, if they choose, write a reflection and pin it to the ‘Reflection Wall.’
‘The Reflection Room’ is ultimately about starting meaningful discussion and thought about end of life.
Cell Gallery : FIELD WORK recent works by Neil Joseph Polson
Gallery 1313 Celebrating 20 years of contemporary art exhibitions and supporting emerging artists .