Nonprofit Galleries & Artist-Run Centres

We have partnered with artist-run centres and nonprofit galleries to showcase an exciting selection of their members. Visit them in the Community Hub in Zone D.

Creative Works Studios

Creative Works Studio (CWS) is operated by Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital. Creative Works Studio’s mandate is to provide individuals living with mental health concerns and/or addictions a place to heal through the power of artistic expression. At CWS, each member is treated as an artist first and foremost. Members are encouraged to reach their greatest potential and skill level through purposeful and inspiring creative art initiatives. Our mission is to provide a safe and welcoming community-arts based studio for people living with mental health and/or addiction concerns. The healing process is based on the integration of the principles of visual arts and supportive counselling. Our members are supported on their self-guided journey to expression through art, greater self-esteem, and improved confidence, which leads to increased participation within the larger community. 
At Creative Works Studio we have decided to focus on this theme of shifting internal and external landscapes in the age of climate change for 2019. ShiftScape : Solastalgia is the theme informed by these shifting internal and external landscapes, while also expressing the primal distress caused by a planet under stress.

Location: Booth 270 in Zone D (Community Hub)

Toronto Potters                         

Toronto Potters was established in 1979 as an unincorporated not-for-profit volunteer-run association and stands today an association of over 100 diverse members sharing their passion for clay. The association is committed to the organization and sponsorship of clay related activities that inspire and contribute to members’ artistic growth and development, offer exhibition and sales opportunities and provide contact with other art groups and newcomers. The legacy of 20 high-calibre juried biennial exhibitions (Gardiner Museum, Craft Ontario, Harbourfront, John B. Aird Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington), supported by the OAC and private funders, encourages members to show works, notable by diversity of expression. Annual Sales of members’ work at Toronto Botanical Garden and monthly meetings at the Gardiner Museum, featuring inspiring guest speakers, provide networking opportunities. As a 40th Anniversary project, Toronto Potters Studio at Artscape Youngplace, opened Oct. 15, 2018. Both a working studio for members and a teaching studio for community pottery classes, the studio satisfied a long-held goal for members to make and show ceramics.
The website, members’ gallery and archive, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and quarterly e-newsletter communicate activities to the wide-ranging GTA membership and provide a public platform to promote group activities. Members teach clay classes at various Toronto facilities, serving as a source of connection to each new generation of potters within the wider clay community. For more information contact [email protected] or visit our website torontopotters.com http://torontopotters.com/
 

Location: Booth 268/269 in Zone D (Community Hub)

Participating Artists

Barbara Banfield                          Heidi McKenzie
Hana Balaban-Pommier               Pat Paolini
Carolynn Bloomer                         Andrea Poorter
Jacquie Blondin                            Rhonda Uppington
Susan Card                                   Natalie Waddell 
Valentina Guevara                                                                   

Hill Potters' Guild

The Hill Potters’ Guild is a non-profit community organization in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Founded in 1974 by a small group of local potters, the guild was given the use of two buildings on a historical site: The Burr House and Guild Hall.

Location: Booth 273 in Zone D (Community Hub)

Participating Artists

Katie Argyle
Minda Davis
Danielle Foster
Elena Fumigalli
Diane Thomson
Mojgan Pournik

Community Partners

TOAF is excited to host Toronto School of Art at the 2019 Fair. This organization will be onsite in Zone D to answer questions about education and professional development services.