About Gallery 44

Mandate

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre committed to supporting multi-faceted approaches to photography and lens-based media. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of artistic practice, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for meaningful reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography.

Gallery 44 is committed to programs that reflect the continuously changing definition of photography by presenting a wide range of practices that engage timely and critical explorations of the medium. Through exhibitions, public engagement, education programs and production facilities our objective is to explore the artistic, cultural, historic, social and political implications of the image in our ever-expanding visual world.

Mission

  • To support emerging practices
  • To support artistic production and dissemination
  • To provide innovative arts education for youth throughout the Greater Toronto Area
  • To sustain inclusive, accessible and community-forward programming, administration and governance strategies
  • To promote the active exchange of artistic ideas and broaden public engagement with contemporary photography
  • To exhibit challenging and dynamic contemporary photography and related media by diverse artists

History

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 400 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. 

Staff  

Alana Traficante

Executive Director

Heather Rigg

Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs

Leila Fatemi

Curator of Education and Community Outreach

Darren Rigo

Head of Membership and Facilities

Maegan Broadhurst

Head of Communications and Development

Board

Kotama Bouabane

Kotama is a Laotian born Canadian artist, who currently holds positions in the photography departments at OCADU and York University. As Board President, Kotama serves as chair of the Human Resources Committee and sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee.

Kendra Ainsworth

Kendra is an independent writer, curator and arts worker based currently based in tkaronto, where she is a settler on treaty 13 territory. Her curatorial, interpretive planning, and public arts work has been presented at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Art Gallery of Burlington, the Gardiner Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto. As a Board-elected community representative, Kendra serves as Treasurer and chairs the Finance Committee.

Brian St. Denis

Brian is an arts administrator and photographer. He has been the Festival Coordinator of the CONTACT Photography Festival since 2015. Brian is the Board Secretary and serves on the Special Events and Fundraising Committee, and the Finance Committee.

sarah bodri

sarah is a tkaronto-based photographer with a background in French Language, Literature and Gender Studies. She has served on G44’s Membership and Facilities Committee since 2016 and has organized membership outreach activities such as Safelight, and G44’s participation in the Edition Book Fair in 2018 and 2019. sarah serves as Board Representative to the Membership and Facilities committee.

Alexandra Majerus

Alexandra is a Caribbean-Canadian multi-disciplinary photo-based artist. She is the Director of Unpack Studio Art Projects, which currently runs an international art residency in Havana, Cuba. Alex serves as Board Representative to the Special Events and Fundraising Committee.

Jihee Min

Jihee Min is a Korean-Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. She was formerly G44’s Member artist-in-residence in 2016, and has since served on G44’s Education and Community Outreach Committee. As a Board Member, Jihee serves as Board Representative to the Exhibitions Programming Committee.

Jordan Nahmias

Jordan Nahmias is both a photographer and a lawyer. He is a partner with the firm Goldenberg Nahmias where his practice focuses on entertainment and corporate matters with an emphasis on film, television and digital media production in both live action and animation. As a Board Member, Jordan serves on the Human Resources Committee, and chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee.

David Scriven

David is an emerging lens-based artist. He also has in-depth experience in corporate governance and strategic planning. Over the last 20 years, David 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). As a Board member, David sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Finance Committee.

Shellie Zhang

Shellie Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto. As a Board-elected community representative, she serves as the Board Representative to the Education and Community Outreach Committee and G44’s new Access and Inclusive Action Committee. Shellie currently works at OCAD University.

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