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Welcome to Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC), a not-for-profit initiative and space dedicated to the support and advancement of curatorial inquiry and practice in Toronto, Canada, and beyond.

Part gallery and publisher, part professional association and network, CDCC exists to: provide opportunities and resources to curators and artists for the production of exhibitions and projects within a critical framework; foster curatorial community and discourse at all levels of professional development; promote education, sustainability, and best practices in curating and exhibition-making; and more.

With a focus on critically engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance is an open platform for diverse curatorial perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.


Critical Distance was founded by independent curator and exhibition designer Shani K Parsons in 2011 (under its former name, TYPOLOGY) soon after moving to Toronto from New York. With degrees in architecture (Temple U, Philadelphia) and design (RISD, Providence) Parsons has pursued a multidisciplinary practice through independent and institutional work in both large and small commercial and noncommercial museum and gallery contexts such as MoMA, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Chinese in America, and Mixed Greens, a contemporary art gallery in Chelsea.

In Toronto, she became interested in creating a hybrid model for exhibition-making, one which combines aspects of the many galleries and museums she has worked for or admired. Having played multiple roles within the exhibition-making process—as artist, designer, writer, and curator—she brings diverse skills and experiences to bear as founding director of TYPOLOGY/Critical Distance. Established from the very beginning as a not-for-profit project space devoted to curatorial and artistic collaboration and experimentation, the gallery launched with the opening of Artscape Youngplace in late 2013, with an inaugural exhibition featuring Toronto-based artist Lyla Rye.

From modest beginnings the organization has strived to achieve programming excellence and a welcoming space for all. To date over 9500 people have visited our exhibitions and related events including talks, screenings, workshops, and more. We have produced and co-produced 20+ exhibitions featuring over 80 local, national, and international curators and artists working in all media, and partnered with organizations including Toronto Art Book Fair, Images Festival, MercerUnion, The Power Plant, and Gallery 44. Providing support for curatorial practice and inquiry while fostering risk-taking and experimentation, CDCC encourages participating curators and artists to consider new approaches to the display and dissemination of art, ideas, and critical discourses on curating, exhibition-making, art, and audience engagement.


A one-sheet PDF summarizing our mission, relaunch, programs, location, and director’s bio is forthcoming. Contact us at info (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca for more information.


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