For 40 years, Gallery 44 has been a leading artist-run centre, providing much needed support to Canadian artists. Every contribution to Gallery 44 has an immediate impact, helping us to sustain accessible and meaningful programming. Gallery 44 is centered on three programming areas:
We offer affordable production facilities to over 400 artist members, including darkrooms and digital printing, ensuring that artists working across diverse media have an accessible space to experiment and develop their photo-based practices.
Providing a similarly accessible gallery space, G44 presents dynamic exhibitions that reflect a range of contemporary issues and visual forms. As a mentor-focused institution, rather than a curator-focused one, we maintain a collaborative approach in which artists play a central and active role in shaping programming and supporting one another’s artistic development. G44 dedicates significant portions of our programming calendar each year to focusing on emerging artists. Longstanding programs, such as Proof and Cameralinks, provide a place for artists at the cusp of their own explorations into seeing to widen the dialogue around contemporary photography.
An equally important part of our mandate is to provide production, exhibition, mentorship and scholarship opportunities to youth throughout the GTA. Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program, for example, offers photography workshops to youth from underserved communities. This unique program inspires youth to develop positive methods of sharing their stories and to initiate critical explorations into art-viewing and art-making. As one of the only artist-run centres in Canada providing ongoing, hands-on arts education to youth, our award-winning education programs encourage greater visual literacy, while fostering a new generation of artists.
Although we are indebted to our long history as an artist-run centre, we are also very much engaged in looking forward and thinking about what’s next. Gallery 44 is working on expanding our residency program, which provides local and international artists and curators with the opportunity to work in our facilities, develop in-depth research and curatorial projects, explore new ways of making, and exhibit new works. Another current important priority is further developing our OUTREACH program to include new digital workshops and to expand our reach into new communities. We are committed to growing our programs and partnerships, and furthering the ways we support artists in every stage of their careers.
We need your help to continue to thrive and grow. As a registered charity, Gallery 44 depends on public donations. Your donation assists us with: supporting artistic production through our affordable facilities; programming for youth; and presenting innovative publications, talks, events, and exhibitions.
At any level of giving, your contribution truly makes a difference.
By contributing to Gallery 44, you directly support local and international artists by providing meaningful opportunities to develop their practices through exhibitions, public programs, workshops and access to digital and analogue facilities.
At any level of giving, your contribution truly makes a difference. Here’s how.
$50 donation sponsors one participant to attend one photo-based workshop through OUTREACH, our award-winning education program for at-risk youth.
$100 donation assists us in keeping Gallery 44's production facilities, including one of Toronto's only remaining wet darkrooms, open for one day.
$500 donation supports us in delivering one photography workshop to 30 students in communities throughout the GTA.
$750 donation funds an exhibition in our Vitrines, a unique, highly visible space that supports emerging artists in developing experimental projects.
$1,000 donation subsidizes emerging artists’ travel to Toronto for Proof, our annual emerging artist reflects a range of current practices in contemporary lens-based media across Canada. Proof is often one of the first exhibitions in a professional context for an emerging artist.
$2,500 donation champions the OUTREACH Symposium, a free full-day event for underserved youth covering pertinent topics for working artist including, portfolio reviews, granting, mental health and self-care.
$5,000 donation supports the acquisition of a new digital printer for our production facility, improving the digital imaging services to member artists at all stages of their careers.
Gallery 44 is provides tax receipts for donations made directly to the gallery in the amount of $50 and over. If you donate through Gallery 44’s Canada Helps page, you will automatically receive a tax receipt for any donation amount.
Monthly Giving is an easy way to provide ongoing support throughout the year without having to write cheques or respond to online campaigns. Your donation is directed towards our core activities, including exhibitions, public programs and education initiatives targeted towards youth from underserved communities.
Monthly donations can be arranged in any amount through Canada Helps. Your donation will be automatically processed through your credit card and you can change the details of your monthly gift at any time.
A monthly donation of $25 supports a public talk by our exhibiting artists and ensures that we contribute to broadening the dialogue about contemporary art.
A monthly donation of $50 supports a photography workshop for youth participating in our OUTREACH program.
Set-up your monthly donation here:
Asking your friends and family to make a donation to Gallery 44 for your birthday is an easy and fun way to support the gallery and involve your social network in increasing support and awareness for our programming. You can share the link below, or contact communications for help creating a personalized button you can share.
Leaving a planned gift, also known as a legacy gift, is an excellent way to ensure the future of Gallery 44 while thinking about yours. There are several categories of planned giving. Gallery 44 is able to receive planned gifts in the following ways:
A bequest in your Will allows you to plan ahead while benefiting from tax advantages and deepening your commitment to Gallery 44.
All it takes is a simple clause in your Will to leave a gift to Gallery 44. Please note that Wills can be complex documents and should be drafted with the assistance of legal counsel. The wording of a bequest, if not crafted properly, can become difficult to administer. Your legal advisor will be able to assist with the proper wording of your bequest wishes.
Since the federal government eliminated the capital gains tax on gifts of publicly traded securities, giving a gift of stock is a convenient and tax effective way to support Gallery 44. Securities donations can even be made directly through Gallery 44’s Canada Helps page.
To learn more, please contact:
Contact: Alana Traficante, Executive Director
Gallery 44 welcomes equipment donations to help us expand our education and production programs. Below is a list of items that we accept.
If you have equipment Gallery 44 can use, please contact our Head of Membership and Facilities with a detailed list and/or photos of the items. Charitable tax receipts for in-kind donations are possible for specific equipment donations.
Gallery 44’s annual fundraising exhibition in support of our education and exhibition programs. Representing the best in Canadian photography, Salon 44 brings together an incredible collection of over 100 established and emerging artists with works priced for both new and seasoned collectors alike.
For more information on this year's exhibition click here.
This December 1st is Giving Tuesday. In celebration of this national day of giving, we are reaching out to our community for support.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen first hand a significant increase in demand from students, recent graduates and self-taught emerging artists, who are looking to access support for their career and artistic development. As many traditional career opportunities like exhibitions and job-training are postponed, artists who have the least momentum in their careers feel the most significant impact.
To meet this demand, Gallery 44 has already partnered with BIPOC Photo Mentorship to initiate over 50 mentorships this fall with their high-calibre roster of mentors. We are raising funds to help sustain this initiative--to help BPM build resources and knowledge to deliver a more robust program that will make a lasting impact on emerging artists' careers.
We want to use this moment as an opportunity to reimagine traditional arts career pathways, empower our emerging talent through experience-based learning and community forward practices.
With your support, we will run a focus group with some of our most successful mentors, and invest in new equipment to support socially distanced learning and diversified teaching methods. We also plan to run two pilot-rounds of enhanced mentorships, and hold an online symposium for mentees.
BIPOC Photo Mentorship is a grassroots initiative started in the summer of 2020 and has quickly grown to a roster of over 70 active mentors. Under their current program mentors are emerging, mid-career or established photographers who volunteer their time to support one or more emerging photographers within their specific area of expertise. Gallery 44 has already partnered with this group to support current mentees with free mentorship, equipment rentals, facilities credit and access to our emerging artist symposium.
At any level of giving, your contribution truly makes a difference. Here’s how.
1. If I make a donation, can I receive a tax receipt?
YES. We are happy to provide tax receipts for donations made directly to the gallery in the amount of $50 and over. If you donate through Gallery 44’s Canada Helps page, you will automatically receive a tax receipt for any donation amount.
2. Can my donation be put towards a specific program?
YES. You are welcome to specify which program or programming area, such as youth programming or exhibitions, your donation should be allocated towards. We are happy to work with you to ensure that your donation is directly supporting a specific aspect of our mandate.
3. Can my business sponsor an event or program?
YES. We are always looking for sponsors for our ongoing programs and our annual fundraising event, Salon 44.
4. Do you host fundraising events?
YES. In March of each year, we host an annual fundraising exhibition, Salon 44, in support of our education and exhibition programs. With over 70 artists representing the best in Canadian photography, Salon 44 brings together established and emerging artists with works priced for both new and seasoned collectors.
5. You have a great space, can I rent it?
We do not rent out our space. As an artist-run centre, we are committed to using our space for exhibitions programmed through Gallery 44.
If you are an artist interested in exhibiting at Gallery 44, you can learn more about our submissions process here.
6. I love what you do but I am currently not in a position to make a financial contribution. Are there other ways to help?
YES. You can become a member or a volunteer.
More information about membership can be found here.
More information about becoming a volunteer or about internship opportunities can be found here.
7. I don’t live in Toronto or the surrounding area, but I would like to participate. Are there ways I can access Gallery 44 remotely?
YES. Please visit our vimeo page where you can watch past talks and short demonstration videos with helpful production tips. You can also download our exhibition essays through the exhibition listings on our website.
For over 40 years, Gallery 44 has been a leading artist-run center, providing much needed support to Canadian and international artists. Every contribution to Gallery 44 has an immediate impact, helping us to sustain accessible and meaningful programming.
Partners in Art
RBC Emerging Artist Project
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Image Works
Unifor Social Justice Fund
US Consulate General Toronto
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Bulmash - Siegel Fund
Consulat général de France à Toronto
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
The McLean Foundation
F.K. Morrow Foundation
K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation
The Royal Norwegian Embassy
Q & Mary Lou Maltby
F. Leslie Thompson
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Ann and Harry Malcolmson
Jane and Eb Zeidler
$100 - $499
L.L. Cowan & C. Hatley
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