DECADE: 10 Years of Creation at Youngplace

Gillian Iles. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

DECADE: 10 Years of Creation at Youngplace
2024 Koffler Arts Exhibition

February 22 – May 12, 2024
Koffler Arts, Toronto

There are only a few weeks left to visit DECADE: 10 Years of Creation at Youngplace now on at Koffler Arts.

For 10 years Toronto’s Youngplace at 180 Shaw St. has been a crucial community hub for artists, arts groups, and engaged audiences. DECADE: 10 Years of Creation at Youngplace, curated by David Liss, celebrates the role Youngplace’s tenants have played within the cultural ecology of Toronto. The exhibition features eight contemporary artists currently or recently working in the building and whose work offers an exciting range of media from painting, textiles and sculptural installation to video and photography: Ruth Adler, Barbara Astman, Shabnam K. Ghazi, Vid Ingelevics, Gillian Iles, Carolyn Murphy, Midi Onodera, and Matthew Schofield.

Matthew Schofield. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Youngplace was designed in 1914 by architect C. H. Bishop as Shaw Street Public School and was closed in 2000 by the Toronto District School Board. After a transformation of the interior by Teeple Architects, the building re-opened in 2014 as Artscape Youngplace, named in honour of a lead donation from The Michael Young Family Foundation. In recent months, Artscape has gone into receivership, leaving the future of many artists and arts organizations in the building unknown.

This exhibition comes at a time when space for artists and arts programming has become increasingly scarce in our city. With economic pressures in Toronto making it unsustainable for artists and arts organizations to survive in Toronto, DECADE celebrates the impact and value of artists at Youngplace who have helped make both the building and the Queen St. West neighbourhood of Toronto the vibrant creative hubs they are today.

DECADE is a focal point to draw attention to the remarkably rich history of the past decade of activity at Youngplace, and to imagine potentials and possibilities for the next 10 years and beyond.” – David Liss, Exhibition Curator

DECADE runs until May 12 at Koffler Arts.

Ruth Adler, Shabnam K. Ghazi, Carolyn Murphy. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Koffler Arts promotes the physical and social inclusion for people of all abilities. Our gallery and office, on the first floor of Youngplace, are both equipped with automatic doors. Youngplace is fully accessible by Ontario standards, with a wheelchair ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, an elevator servicing every floor and washrooms on every level. We welcome guide dogs and other service animals. If you have any questions in advance of your visit, please contact us at If you require assistance during your visit, please ask a gallery attendant or any available staff member.

Koffler Arts
Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

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