About us: Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices.
For over 35 years, Gallery 44 has been a leading artist run centre, providing needed support to artists. Every contribution to Gallery 44 has an immediate impact, helping us to sustain accessible and meaningful programming.
Gallery 44 centres around 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.
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, hand-on arts education to youth, our award-winning education programs encourage greater visual literacy, while fostering a new generation of artists.
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 innovative publications, talks, events, and exhibitions.