Gallery 1313 is located at
1313 Queen Street West Toronto, ON. M6K 1L8 [MAP]
Hours of operation: Wednesday - Sunday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gallery 1313 is a not-for-profit, charitable artist-run centre exhibiting local, national and international contemporary art. The gallery operates with support from mixed sources of revenue, including memberships, sponsors, donations, fundraising, and gallery rentals for exhibitions and events. The gallery rents its space to artists at special rates and to other exhibition clients as it does not receive operational funding. Artists are welcome to sell their work and keep all proceeds as the gallery does not take any commission on sales. Occasionally Gallery 1313’s programming committee organizes special exhibitions and events. Applicable submission fees for these shows go toward covering administrative and operational costs. Payment of artist fees for these shows depends on project funding and fundraising. Gallery 1313 encourages artists, collectives and curators to seek exhibition assistance funding for their shows and is able to provide advice on how to apply for grants. For more information about exhibition policies, venue rental and gallery specifications, please visit our Submissions page.
Gallery 1313 is a not-for-profit, charitable organization located in the Parkdale neighbourhood of downtown Toronto. Gallery 1313 is equally an artist-run centre exhibiting local, national and international contemporary art. The gallery's four unique exhibition spaces house over 70 exhibitions and many cultural events each year. Gallery 1313 supports emerging artists with professional development and career building opportunities, offers members a welcoming space to connect with colleagues, develop their practice, and contribute to the operations of the gallery, and engages the public with contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events through community outreach.
Gallery 1313 advocates accessibility to contemporary arts and culture for artists, the community and wider audiences throughout Toronto and further afield by providing numerous diverse exhibition and event opportunities within its four exhibition spaces and off-site. The gallery supports the creative freedom of artists by providing an open framework in which to experiment and test out new approaches to artistic practices, exhibition organization and artist-led shows and initiatives. Artist-organized solo and group exhibitions are emphasized, however, exhibition and event proposals are also welcome from curators, collectives, designers, critics, scholars, students, community, literary, musical and cultural groups.
Since 1998, the gallery has maintained accessibility to exhibition opportunities for artists at any stage in their career and working in any media or discipline, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, new media, installation and performance. The gallery is particularly suited to emerging artists and artist groups looking gain exhibition experience and host their own exhibitions, and offers professional exhibition mentorship and support including promotion and installation assistance.
Exhibition programming coincides with major local arts and cultural events, including Contact, Nuit Blanche, and BFA and MFA thesis shows. The gallery programs alternative and fringe exhibitions and events as well. Gallery 1313 is also a proud partner with our community colleagues on Parkdale-based initiatives, including Fireside Culture Week and the Parkdale Film + Video Showcase.
Gallery 1313’s open, multi-disciplinary approach to programming allows for new ideas, perspectives and forms in art and culture to emerge and cross-pollinate, prompting the criticism and generation of knowledge through discourse and debate around parallels and differences in contemporary practices.Gallery 1313 also provides much needed exhibition space for artists, critics, scholars, students and community organizations and is a vital supporter of arts and culture in Parkdale. Not only by providing space for local residents to express creativity, the gallery offers a welcoming centre for community engagement, exploration and enjoyment of contemporary art and cultural events.
To promote creativity, learning and growth in the careers of artists, and to inspire passion and appreciation for arts and culture in the public.
With over 10 year of exhibitions at its location on Queen Street West, Gallery 1313 has sought to support artists through its membership benefits and by providing an open exhibition space where artistic innovation is key. Located in Parkdale, Gallery 1313 began as the Parkdale Village Arts Collective (PVAC), to support and advocate the work of Parkdale-based artists and initiate positive changes in this Toronto neighbourhood. PVAC was co-founded by current director, Phil Anderson, with the support of the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Association on June 22, 1994. In 1997, PVAC incorporated as a non-profit organization, and has grown over the years to a broad membership with artists from across the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, and further afield. In 1998, PVAC formally became Gallery 1313 upon finding its current home at 1313 Queen Street West with the support of former metro councillor David Miller. Originally used as a police station, the 1934 Art Deco building that houses Gallery 1313 was developed by Artscape into live/work spaces for artists, offices, community groups and exhibition space.
Programming emphasizes the work of local emerging artists, and occasionally features national and international exhibitions. The gallery welcomes contemporary visual art in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, participatory, video and new media. Submissions for specially programmed exhibitions are received on an ongoing basis. For information on the gallery's submission guidelines, layout and renting costs for exhibitions or events, please visit our Submissions page.
Gallery 1313 continues to be a member-based, artistic hub in Parkdale, receiving more than 10,000 visitors and hosting roughly 76 exhibitions in it's four spaces, annually.
Gallery 1313 is an incorporated non-profit organization with charitable status (under PVAC, Inc.) and a member of the Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO), the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), and Community Arts Ontario.
For information about the exhibition spaces at Gallery 1313, please see our Submissions page. You can also contact Gallery 1313 for more details as regards exhibiting and event space rentals at 416-536-6778 or by emailing the gallery director, Phil Anderson, at email@example.com.
Phil Anderson, Gallery Director
Board of Directors
Diana Dickson, Chair
Jeff Landmann, Co-Chair
Anna Wiesen, Board Officer
Leslie Harries-Jones, Board Officer
Christos Damianos, Board Officer
David McKay, Board Officer
Sultan Sandur, Board Officer
Shane Cartlidge, Board Officer
Louise Lipman, Board Officer
Rachel Yeager, Board Officer
Megan Kotze, Board Officer
Gallery 1313 would like to acknowledge the support of past and current funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Parkdale/Liberty Economic Development Corporation, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the KM Hunter Foundation, the JCP Program, the Community Access Program, Industry Canada, Reboot Canada, and the Government of Ontario.