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. 

A vintage photo of various people march down a city street, 2 persons are seen carrying a banner that reads " Gallery 44 Fund the Arts"

Staff  

Alana Traficante

Executive Director

Lillian O'Brien Davis

Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs

Leila Fatemi

Curator of Education and Community Outreach

Maegan Broadhurst

Head of Communications and Development

Darren Rigo

Head of Membership and Facilities

Caeden Wigston

Curatorial Assitant (Contract)

caeden@gallery44.org

Miora Wong

Digital Printing Technician (Contract)

Nadine Maher

Install Technician (Contract)

A instant film image of G44 staff sitting on a picnic table.

Board

Brian St. Denis

Brian is an arts administrator and photographer. He has been the Festival Coordinator of the CONTACT Photography Festival since 2015.

Danielle Goshay

Danielle is a Canadian/American visual artist based in Toronto whose practice includes digital and film photography and experimental/alternative process. Goshay studied at Pittsburgh Filmmakers media arts center in Pennsylvania. She has exhibited work in Pittsburgh and Toronto and has been published internationally.

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).

Gustavo Jabbaz

Gustavo Jabbaz is an emerging photographer who previously worked primarily with internet-based technologies, and now offers consulting services in online marketing. His areas of expertise include web development, stakeholder relations and strategy and execution of online marketing campaigns.

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.

Kate Wivell

Kate 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

Lisa is a Public Affairs professional with a background in image-making and photography preservation. Currently a consultant at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Lisa 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

Sanaz is an artist, educator and curator who works across 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

Zile is an artist, documentary photographer, graphic designer and museum professional.

sarah bodri

sarah is a tkaronto-based photographer with a background in French Language, Literature and Gender Studies.

Committees

Membership and Facilities

Grace Wang
Shaney Herrmann
Fred Lum
Terence Reeves
Heather Fulton
Nala Haileselassie, Community Member
Gustavo Jabbaz, Board Rep.
Darren Rigo, Staff

Contact us: mfc@gallery44.org.

Access and Inclusive Action

Fehn Foss
Philip Leonard Ocampo
Heather Rigg
Macy Siu

Sarah Bodri

Leila Fatemi, Staff
Lillian O'Brien Davis, Staff
Alana Traficante, Staff

Education Committee

Jihee Min
Jocelyn Reynolds
Lisa Binnie
Judy Ruzylo
Brittany Carmichael
Sarah Comfort
Ebti Nabag, Community Member
Leila Fatemi, Staff

Special Events and Fundraising

Jennifer Y
Alexandra Majerus
Jill Smith
Ali Bosworth
Dory Smith, Community Member
Sagan MacIsaac, Community Member
Sarah Bodri, Board Rep.
Maegan Broadhurst, Staff

Exhibition Programming Committee

Brian St Denis, Board Rep.
Nedda Baba
Anne Hanrahan
Lillian O'Brien Davis, Staff
Alana Traficante, Staff

Opportunities

Annual Reports and other Documents