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Stories From Artist Run Centres in Toronto

The 2011 exhibition This Is Paradise at MOCCA in Toronto traced the early days of the Toronto Art Scene and the cultural industries it spawned. Described by curator Rae Johnson as an 'ecology of the street' the art scene has affected a lasting cultural, economic and social impact on our city and community.

In our project we endeavor to trace the history of artist generated projects /collectives that operated as alternative exhibition venues in Toronto in the late 1980's, 1990's and 2000's. Initially these were renegade acts in temporary spaces that eventually evolved into the sustainable artist collective galleries we are familiar with today.

Richard Mongiat
David Sylvestre

History of Toronto Art Collectives and Co-operatives

   Nether Mind
   The House Project

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