Winter/Spring 2022 Exhibitions at Riverdale Hub

The Riverdale Hub is a social enterprise in Toronto that houses the Art Gallery, Social Gardener Café, and Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre. Our innovative space has been developed to nurture and foster values of creativity, inclusion, social justice, environmental sustainability, equity, and community health. All programming at the Hub is designed to support and reflect the experiences of immigrant, refugee, and other marginalized women and youth.

Visit the Hub this month as we launch four new exhibitions to highlight emerging artists as well as contributors from our Art & Everyday Life project!

The exhibition openings will be held on February 27, 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Book your reservation here or email with any enquiries.

Installation shot of Intricacies of the Gaze by Tooba Ijaz

Intricacies of the Gaze
Khadijah Morley and eva birhanu

February 22 – April 24, 2022
3rd floor of Riverdale Hub

As an invitation to introspection, Intricacies of the Gaze explores and preserves two perspectives of Black womanhood. Together, eva birhanu and Khadijah Morley use their practices to expand on their diasporic experiences to engage with the multiplicity of Blackness through a transfusion of textiles and print media. The two artists present works that contend with the duality of their self-perception: how the world views them and how they view themselves.

As viewers move from one artist to the next, they will note how both birhanu and Morley narrate the elements of their identity that are both constructed and critiqued by the gazes of the world around them. It visually speaks to the act of watching while being watched. Through iconography and illustrative narratives of racial identity, Intricacies of the Gaze utilizes the synergy of birhanu and Morley to construct a space that allows for conversation on Black womanhood and acts as an extension to ideologies well known to Black and Black biracial women.

Related Programming:

The Textile Museum and Riverdale Hub Tour: March 4, 2022 @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm (free)

Linocut Workshop with Open Studio: February 26, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Note: Participation in the workshop is reserved for those enrolled in our Art and Everyday Life Program. Please email with any inquiries.

Installation shot of Mind Waves by Christian Perez

Mind Waves
Fong Ki Wan

January 22 – April 24, 2022
1st floor of Riverdale Hub

Fueled by an investigation of emotional responses towards real and subconscious interactions, Mind Waves transforms the Riverdale Hub into an abstracted realm of emotion. As Fong Ki Wan distinguishes the feelings that carry her through these interactions, she crafts them into tangible works of abstracted art to preserve the memories.

With a series of interpretative paper cuts and folded dreamscapes, Wan establishes a space that is conducive to emotional exploration. Mind Waves invites viewers to connect with the experiences and feelings laid out before them and to consider the emotions that sustain their own existence.

Related Programming:

Paper Dreamscape workshop by Fong Ki Wan: February 24, 2022 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Note: Participation in the workshop is reserved for those enrolled in our Art and Everyday Life Program.

Art & Everyday Life Exhibition
Group Exhibition

February 26 – February 27, 2022
Social Gardener Café Highlight Wall

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Art & Everyday Life is a project that engages marginalized women in the arts through virtual workshops, conversations, and tours with local artists and galleries and museums across Canada. Participants will have the opportunity to hone arts-based skills and create new meaning in their own personal approaches to art. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for the Hub and we look forward to engaging the community we serve in arts programming that is culturally specific and accessible!

Works from participants in our most recent Art & Everyday Life session will be exhibited during our Open House.

Installation shot of Reverie by Christian Perez

Lida Shanehchiyan

February 1 – March 31, 2022
Social Gardener Café Gallery

Lida Shanehchiyan is an Iranian-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and designer who is passionate about making everyday life more satisfying by creating thoughtful and striking visual products. Reverie is a visually expressive exploration of daydreaming, a self-healing mechanism that Shanehchiyan utilizes to contend with difficult moments in her life. As a child, Shanehchiyan would use this technique to conjure positive experiences to detach herself from bitter moments in life. For instance, she often wished to become a mermaid so that she could swim beneath water all of the time. Her wishful thoughts were romantic, innocent, and childish, speaking to wonder and power behind the imagination of daydreaming.

Support local artists and vendors by visiting our Art & Artisan Shop!

As a continuation of our previously popular onsite Sunday Artisan Market, we have created an Art & Artisan Shop in the Social Gardener Café to showcase one-of-a-kind artworks, unique multiples, craft works, and art objects from our roster of local artists and makers.

Every purchase from the Art & Artisan Shop directly supports emerging artists as well as culturally appropriate and linguistically specific settlement, training, and counselling services for youth as well as marginalized, immigrant, and refugee women in need of support.

Admission to the Hub is free and all are welcome!

First Floor Exhibitions:
Tuesday – Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 8:30am to 5:30pm

Upper Floor Exhibitions available by appointment only via

Contact Us

The Riverdale Immigrant Women Enterprises (RIWE)

1326 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON, M4L 1Z1 | (416) 465-6021

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Thank You!

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The Hub would like to extend our deepest gratitude to community members, local artists, and our partners for all of your support.