Maggie Groat, portal, 2023 (found paper). Courtesy of the artist

Maggie Groat

CONTACT Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave, Suite 205
Reception Friday, May 5, 2023, 6-9pm
On view May 3 – June 17, 2023
Wed–Fri 11am–5pm, Sat 12–5pm

Harbourfront Centre Parking Pavillion, 235 Queens Quay W
On view May 1 – 31, 2023

Billboards at Dupont St and Dovercourt Rd
On view May 1 – June 2, 2023

Presented across three sites in Toronto—at CONTACT Gallery, on billboards, and in an outdoor installation at Harbourfront Centre—the newly commissioned work of artist Maggie Groat implements a collage-based approach in installation, sculpture, and image. Groat’s work weaves together found and salvaged materials, layering, fragmenting, obscuring, and recombining, to hold up a distorted mirror to lived and speculative encounters with the natural world. Her practice investigates decolonial ways of being, alternative archiving, sustainable exhibition making, and the transformative potential of salvaged materials during times of living through climate emergencies.

Curated by Tara Smith

Presented by CONTACT. Exhibition supported by Cindy and Shon Barnett. Outdoor Installation presented in partnership with Harbourfront Centre. Billboards supported by PATTISON Outdoor Advertising.

Maggie Groat, sensitive dependance > initial conditions, 2023 (found paper). Courtesy of the artist

Methodologies of Collage
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 6-9pm
Ace Hotel, 51 Camden St
Register here

Join us for a night of collage with Maggie Groat. The artist will share insights into their approach to collage and methodologies of making works on paper. Materials will be provided for participants to explore making a collage, and are encouraged to bring their own images and source material if desired. Capacity is limited, please register in advance.


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Ave, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
416 539 9595
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CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, institutions, and organizations.

CONTACT is generously supported by Scotia Wealth Management, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Saman Design, The Globe and Mail, CBC Toronto, British Journal of Photography, Hyperallergic, Aperture, Contemporary And, Momus, Art Papers, and NOW Magazine.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.