Salon Night: An Introduction to Collecting Photography

Robin Collyer, Girl Falling 1982, Rosedale Valley Road Dormers 2006, Round Ceiling Diffuser 2000

Salon Night: An Introduction to Collecting Photography

March 10,
12:00AM to 2:00AM

Salon Night: An Introduction to Collecting Photography features 3 salon-style talks about collecting and appreciating contemporary photo-based artwork, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar.

Our line-up of speakers includes: Christopher Lacroix who will talk about Falling in love with artChantal Wilson, who will cover collecting basics in Making it yours and keeping it safe, and Robin Collyer will share some highlights from his career as an artist in his talk "Why I have fallen-out-of-love-with "art"". (Bios below)

This event is a unique opportunity to experience contemporary art in an intimate setting, learn a bit about investing in art, and perhaps buy a piece to add to your collection! Salon 44 has over 100 participating contemporary artists, and proceeds support Gallery 44's education and exhibitions programs. More details here:

We have limited spots available -- please RSVP to robyn [AT] gallery44 [DOT] org if you would like to attend.



Chantal Wilson is currently the Registrar at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC). In this role she develops internal policies and appraisal assessments, as well as oversees the collections management, acquisitions and preservation initiatives of the RIC. She holds specialized training in photographic history, materials and objects, as well as knowledge of works on paper. Her personal research includes the study of crowd-sourced cataloguing and database initiatives, appraisal methodologies, as well as the history of photojournalism. Chantal received a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Art History from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University and is a qualified appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).  

Christopher Lacroix & afallenhorse (b. 1986, Edmonton) has a BFA in Photography from Ryerson University (2012). He has shown at Artspace Contemporary Art Projects, Peterborough (2014, solo), Georgia Scherman Projects, YTB Gallery, and Nuit Blanche. He contributes to the quarterly arts magazine “Carbon Paper.” Upcoming projects include a group exhibition at Ryerson Artspace. He lives and works in Toronto.

Robin Collyer has been exhibiting Sculpture and Photography since 1969.  He is most well known for his 3 dimensional works that use industrial materials, found objects and images from advertising and media.  Sculpture and Photography have always played equal roles in his practice, sharing an analysis of architectural forms, the urban landscape, and issues of representation.  His photo work has included critical views of photographic content, urban and natural landscapes, and digital technology.  Public works include the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, and the Toronto Transit Commission. He has represented Canada at  dokumenta 8, Kassel, Germany, and  the Venice Biennale in 1993.  His work is  in collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Collection  of France, and Siemens AG, Germany.