Exhibitions, Galleries and Art Fairs to Visit in 2016

By Samantha Rodin, Visual Arts Editor, LaVaLab, visualarts@lavalab.ca

 

A new year brings about new exhibitions and anticipation for the return of annual art fairs. Here are four exhibitions, galleries and fairs that we love and recommend you check out in 2016! From public to private, artist-run centre to art fair, we have you covered.

 

Image: The Artist Project 2014 at the Better Living Centre, Toronto.

 

ART FAIR

The Artist Project, Toronto

Happening every February at the Better Living Centre in Toronto, The Artist Project, also referred to as TAP, features over 200 artists (mostly Canadian) and attracts thousands of visitors year over year. Most of the work at the fair can be categorized as contemporary though there is a massive range between mediums and methods.

What we love:

1.      You deal directly with the artist.

2.      They feature emerging artists in the UNTAPPED Emerging Artists area as well as installation work throughout the spacious exhibition.

3.      The opening night party is always delicious.

On February 18 – 21, 2016.

www.theartistproject.com

 

PUBLIC GALLERY

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Vaughan (Kleinburg)

In celebration of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s 50th anniversary as a public gallery, curator Sarah Stanners has pulled together works gifted to the gallery in it’s founding year, thus inspiring the name of the exhibition: A Foundation for Fifty Years. In recent years, the gallery has made efforts to exhibit innovative and contemporary works by Aboriginal, Francophone and other up-and-coming Canadian artists. This exhibition honours the gallery by pointing the lens at its fundamental existence.

What we love:

1.      Natural beauty – the grounds, the architecture of the gallery and the surrounding Kleinberg Main Street.

2.      Multiple exhibition spaces let you catch several different exhibitions in one visit.

3.      The perfect setting to experience iconic Canadian art. 

A Foundation for fifty Years is on now through November 18, 2016. Other exhibitions and programs honouring the gallery’s 50th anniversary will take place on the grounds throughout 2016.

www.mcmichael.com/foundationforfiftyyears

 

COMMERCIAL GALLERY

Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto

Cooper Cole Gallery is considered to be one of the best commercial galleries for up-and-coming talent both locally and internationally. Simon Cooper Cole founded the gallery before the age of 30 and was named one of BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada’s top 30 under 30 in 2013. He represents future up-and-coming art stars such as Sara Cwynar and Vanessa Maltese. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show by gallery artist, Ryan Wallace, beginning January 22nd and the group exhibition, I Am Not An Answer, opening February 25th.

What we love:

1.      Cooper Cole Gallery has found success representing and exhibiting edgy contemporary works.

2.      Work tends to be at an attainable price-point.

3.      Cooper Cole participates in many international art fairs. 

www.coopercolegallery.com

 

ARTIST RUN CENTRE

Artscpace, Peterborough

Drive approximately two hours outside the downtown Toronto core and you will find a burgeoning cultural community in Peterborough, home to the respected Artspace, which is an artist-run centre founded in 1974. The artist-run centre has played a significant role in the contemporary Canadian art scene by being a first venue for artists who would later find success in their professional art careers.

Artscpae will feature several engaging exhibitions in 2016, starting with Central East Correctional Facility by Sheena Hoszko opening January 16th.  The following exhibition will witness work by Meryl McMaster, one of Canada’s leading young artists, beginning March 4th.

What we love:

1.      The gallery’s resilience: after many moves and severe flooding in 2004, the gallery remains a strong fixture in the community.

2.      Literary inclusion: they are hosting their 1st Annual Artspace Book + Zine Fest taking place on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 10am - 5pm.

3.      They have a media lab!

http://artspace-arc.org

 

There are many art events and exhibitions to look forward to in the new year so keep your eyes on LaVaLab’s What’s On section to find the latest. 


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