2019 Programming Update

2019 Programming Update with book covers

In the new year Critical Distance will be welcoming visitors during our new gallery hours. We are open Wednesday to Friday 12-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-5 pm, and by appointment during exhibitions. Unless otherwise noted, we are open on holiday weekends during exhibitions and closed for installation between shows. We encourage you to confirm exhibition dates before making the trip, and hope to see you soon!

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Welcome to Our Newest Team Members!

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Critical Distance is thrilled to announce the appointment of three new team members​ Emily Peltier​, ​Rowan Lynch, ​and​ ​Alessia Dowhaniuk-Oliva​. Emily will be taking the role of Curatorial Programs Coordinator, Rowan as Gallery Assistant focusing on Curatorial Programs and Design, and Alessia joins us as Curatorial Intern. Emily, Rowan, and Alessia bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to their individual roles and we are excited to work with them on our upcoming programs and on exciting new initiatives. Thanks to OCAD University’s Career Launchers Program for making this possible.

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Seasons Greetings from Critical Distance and 1st Annual CDCC Edition!

What a tremendous year we had in 2018! Thanks to everyone who participated in, contributed to, and attended our exhibitions and events, including: guest curators for our annual program Toleen Touq, Nahed Mansour, Cass Gardiner, Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau, Maude Johnson, and Noa Bronstein; special/partner project curators Emma German, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys; presenting partners SAVAC, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Koffler Gallery, and Gallery 44; fair and festival partners Images Festival with ImagineNATIVE, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto Art Book Fair, and Edition Art Book Fair; project funders and supporters Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Artscape Youngplace; and all of our wonderful board, advisory, and team members; contributing designers, writers, and editors; and last but not least, our engaged and growing audiences in Toronto and around the world. Continue reading

Curatorial Opportunities from Around the Web

Curatorial Opportunities from Around the Web Dec 2018 photograph of Fogo Island 

Opportunities to participate and expand your practice! Calls for submissions from galleries and organizations in Canada and beyond:

Fogo Island Arts: The Arts Summer 2019 Art Writing Residency (Fogo Island, NL) Deadline: Dec 17, 2018

Peripheral Review Winter Deadline (Publication) Dec 17, 2018

Apexart INTL Open Call (New York, NY) Next call opens: Feb 2019

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Emerging Curator Fellowship (Edmonton, AB) Deadline: Sept 16, 2019

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The view from here | Season’s greetings from CDCC

Gazing out our third floor window at Artscape Youngplace, we’re reflecting on another whirlwind year and sending heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated, attended, and supported Critical Distance in 2017. We had such a wonderful run of exhibitions, art book fairs, and related events, all made possible by the curators, artists, and organizations we collaborated with, our board and team members working behind the scenes and on the ground/in the gallery to make it all happen, and the art book/edition buyers, funders, contributors, and audiences who help make everything seem both possible and worthwhile.

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ACC+CDCC Call for Proposals: Indigenous Curatorial Projects at Critical Distance

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) are pleased to announce this joint call for proposals for an exhibition or curatorial project to be mounted at CDCC in Spring 2018.

This opportunity is for Indigenous curators, artists, architects, collectives, writers, researchers, and others interested in engaging and expanding curatorial approaches to public programming and exhibition-making within a critical context. Projects that are conceptually experimental or innovative, introduce new artists to Toronto audiences, and deliver theoretical tools to think about contemporary Indigenous art in Canada are highly encouraged.

The selected applicant will receive a curatorial fee of $3000 for curation and writing in support of the project. Artist fees will be paid at 2018 CARCC rates. Further support in the form of a budget for exhibition materials and production (to be developed in collaboration with ACC-CCA/CDCC), installation assistance, design, promotion, and full documentation in an exhibition catalogue to be produced by CDCC will also be provided.

Submission Deadline
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5 pm EST

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CDCC FALL EXHIBITION: Fermenting Feminism | Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, Agustine Zegers, curated by Lauren Fournier

Critical Distance is thrilled to launch our landmark 5th year of programming with FERMENTING FEMINISM, curated by Lauren Fournier and featuring Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, and Agustine Zegers.

Kombucha, guts, bacteria, vessels, vitalism, effervescence, degradation, and decay. Fermenting Feminism brings together artists whose work fleshes out the intersections between fermentation and intersectional feminisms. As the process of microbial transformation, fermentation becomes both a metaphor and material practice through which to approach feminist practices in the contemporary. Continue reading

Happy Holidays and News in Brief at CDCC


Thanks to everyone who has participated and attended our exhibitions and events this fall, including guest curators Astarte Rowe, Earl Miller, and Matthew Kyba; all the exhibiting artists (listed below) from InFuture, The Amoebic Workshop, the Billboard Project, Crossing the Line, and Edition Art Book Fair; event partners Drain Magazine, SAVAC, Gallery44, and VisualAIDS; exhibition supporters Artscape Youngplace and the Danish Arts Foundation; and all of our wonderful volunteers, interns, board members, book fair selectors, writers, criticscommunity sponsors, and local and international audiences.

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CDCC Survey Update


Over the past few months, we’ve spoken with some of you regarding your responses to our summer survey, and are (slowly but surely) working our way through the list of people who expressed interest in getting involved. Having lots of interest and feedback to consider is a great problem to have, so we thank you for your patience.

We’ve also met many new people who hadn’t seen the survey or had the chance to participate, so we’ve created a revised and streamlined version which incorporates some of the feedback we’ve received to date and includes additional opportunities on the list of ways to get involved. Everyone is invited to participate in this updated survey, even if you filled out the first one.

Total time to respond to this survey should be no more than 5–10 minutes.

This is your best chance to let us know what you would like to see happening in a dedicated centre for curatorial practice and inquiry. Should we establish an international residency? Open a curators’ library and lounge? Initiate a series of peer-led presentations and workshops? Advocate for standard minimum curatorial fees? Other ideas?

Survey deadline is mid-January, but why not do it now so you won’t have to remind yourself?

Results from both winter and summer surveys will be used to establish priorities, organize planning sessions, and identify participants in the new year. Thanks for your continued support and participation!