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Community Arts Space: Recent Histories

Invisible Footprints 0.1: Art & Archive Exhibition, 2017. Photo by Tony Wei-Han Chen.

July 5 to September 17
Live Choreography: jes sachse and Alice Sheppard: July 5 at 6:30 pm
Invisible Footprints 0.2: Deep Cuts Public Opening: July 5 at 7:30 pm

The Gardiner Museum presents a full summer of free programming, including community exhibitions, live performances, and hands-on art workshops. Inspired by the transformative aspects of ceramics, both real and metaphorical, the Community Arts Space is the Gardiner’s incubator for arts-based community projects.

This year’s installment is inspired by the theme Recent Histories, illuminating stories that have been marginalized in an attempt to make space for local histories and represent the experiences of the city’s diverse publics.

The projects, which were selected through an open call, include an outdoor installation of ramp sculptures addressing the architecture of access; a series of public performances featuring a nomadic choir repeating demands made by women throughout history; and an exhibition of clay vessels inspired by ancestral Wabanaki forms representing the eight Mi’kmaqi districts.

The Community Arts Space is presented by TD Bank Group with community partners The 519, Akin Collective, and Art Starts.

Visit to see the full schedule of events and to register for free.

The Projects:

Invisible Footprints 0.2: Deep Cuts
Co-presented with The 519, Invisible Footprints, Rice Roll Productions, and Asian Community AIDS Services
July 5 - 19
Organized by Mezart Daulet, artists Aries Cheung, Heidi Cho, Vince Ha, and Khanh Tudo have developed this multimedia exhibition that visualizes and documents the lived experiences of Toronto’s queer and trans East and Southeast Asians.

I wanna dance with some body
August 1 - September 17
Local artist, writer, and curator jes sachse addresses the negotiation of bodies moving in public/private space with a trio of outdoor ramp sculptures that considers how bodies interact with the architecture of access.

Reclaiming Artifacts
Co-presented with Art Starts
August 2 - 16
Reclaiming Artifacts invites visitors of all-ages to explore the “discovery” of artifacts found during the construction of a condo in the year 2050. Design researchers Calla Lee and Prateeksha Singh collaborated with youth artists from Lawrence Heights to create these fictional clay objects, resulting in a multimedia exhibition that meditates on the neighborhood’s ongoing revitalization.

Annie Wong performs We’re Winning So No Comment, May 2018. Photo by Yuula Benivolski.

Panic in the Labyrinth
Co-presented with Angry Asian Feminist Gang and Margin of Eras Gallery
August 2 - 19
Multidisciplinary artist Annie Wong organizes a series of outdoor performances centering on intersectional feminist poetics, from a nomadic choir recalling and repeating the demands made by women and feminist movements across geography and history to a reading series for local women writers.

Maldewin Weskijinu / Blood Soaked Soil
Co-presented with Akin Collective and Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak // Bluejays Dancing Together
August 23 - 30
Artist, writer, and illustrator Louis Esmé has created eight distinct clay areas in the Gardiner to represent the eight Mi’kmaqi districts. These districts feature conical vessels that reference ancestral Wabanaki forms and are activated both by visitors and through an audio installation by musician Christa Couture.


The Gardiner Museum is an accessible venue with a ramp from the street leading up to the main lobby entrance. The entrance is accessible via two sets of double doors with an access button. Accessible restrooms are available on the second and third floors. Third floor washrooms are also gender neutral.

The Gardiner strives at all times to provide goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access and benefit from our services in the same place and in a similar way as other customers whenever possible. We welcome your feedback.


Gardiner Museum
111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C7
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