Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is an artist-run centre committed to supporting diverse approaches to photographic and image-based practices through exhibitions, education programs and facilitating artistic production. Gallery 44 provides space and context for meaningful dialogue between artists and publics. Together, we offer an entry point to explore the artistic, cultural, historic, social and political implications of the image in our ever-expanding visual world.
Gallery 44 was founded by a small group of artists in 1979, who joined together to share a darkroom and studio. In 1980, the collective began mounting exhibitions, and in 1986, began offering photography workshops. Gallery 44 was part of a greater network of artist-run centres that grew across Canada in the 60s and 70s. The movement was initiated by and for artists to counter dominant institutions and create communities supporting artistic production, presentation, education, and idea-exchange.
Gallery 44’s original location was on Niagara Street. G44 moved to Bathurst Street in 1986 and to its current location on Richmond Street in 1994. Each move allowed the organization to grow its public programs and membership. The move to 401 Richmond enabled G44 to expand exhibition and production facilities and join a creative community hub.
Throughout its history, G44 has prioritized equitable access to the arts and has worked to eliminate barriers for artists, audiences and youth. For example, through educational partnerships with TDSB and various community organizations and offering subsidized programs within our facilities and in-communities, including those outside the downtown core.
While we continue to grow and evolve—now presenting works by local, regional, national and international artists—we remain committed to our roots as an artist-run centre. G44 now supports a membership of over 500 artists and, on average, pays approximately $80,000 per year in fees directly to artists. Staff, Board and members continue to collaborate on vision- and decision-making, affecting both governance practices and programming.
David Scriven is an emerging lens-based artist. He also has in-depth experience in corporate governance and strategic planning. Over the last 20 years, Scriven held progressive roles, including Acting President and CEO at Technical Standards and Safety Authority and he is a Chartered Director through The Directors College (2020).
Ariel Thomas is a lawyer, artist and mother. She is currently experimenting with the possibilities offered by black and white photographic paper.
Danielle Goshay is a Canadian/American visual artist based in Toronto whose practice includes digital and film photography and experimental/alternative processes. Goshay studied at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Media Arts Center in Pennsylvania. She has exhibited work in Pittsburgh and Toronto and has been published internationally.
Grace Wang is a self-taught screenwriter, film director, photographer and visual artist whose short films have screened at festivals across North America, Europe and Asia. Wang focuses primarily on analog processes—ranging from street photography to landscape, documentary to narrative, experimental processes to multi-medias—exploring our connection to nature, time, memory and the complexity of being human.
Kate Wivell has an extensive background in arts administration, and her focus on development stems from a desire to strengthen artist-led communities and foster robust networks of exchange rooted in collaborative, transparent, ethical engagement.
Lisa Muzzin is a Public Affairs professional with a background in image-making and photography preservation. Currently a consultant at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Muzzin has a particular interest in the not-for-profit space and works with a range of clients to provide strategic planning in government relations, strategic communications, and public opinion research.
Sanaz Mazinani is an artist, educator and curator who works across the disciplines of photography, sculpture and large-scale multimedia installations. She is also an Assistant Professor of Studio Art in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (TSC) with a graduate appointment at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
Zile Liepins is an artist, documentary photographer, graphic designer and museum professional.
sarah bodri is a tkaronto-based photographer with a background in French Language, Literature and Gender Studies.