Toronto Mural Archive Exhibit at Yonge Space

Toronto Mural Archive moves in to “Yonge Space” Pop Up Gallery for the month of May

Location: 389 Yonge St. at Gerrard St E.

Dates: May 10th – June 2nd, 2018

Gallery Hours: Thursday & Fridays 5-9pm, and Saturdays 12-6pm

The new Yonge Space pop-up gallery will launch with the Toronto Mural Archive Exhibit. Curated by Mural Routes, it is the first research project and touring exhibit of its kind, surveying the history of mural art in Toronto. (Notably, the Downtown Yonge BIA recently commissioned two giant murals celebrating Toronto’s music history. The 22-storey murals are on each side of a building a block north of where Yonge Space will be.)

About This Exhibit

The Toronto Mural Archive Exhibit reflects on the history of mural art in the city. The Toronto Mural Archive is a research project and touring informational exhibit, the first of its kind to survey the history of mural art in Toronto. Mural Routes has gathered articles, information and stories, taking time to reflect on the field of public mural art’s developments so far. We have combined our research together to share ‘the story’ of murals in Toronto in a touring exhibit. The archive provides context to both critically reflect and inspire the future mural art movement in Toronto, and to provide a template for other Ontario cities to follow.

Touring Exhibit Locations

The Toronto Mural Archive Exhibit will tour in 2018, in gallery spaces across Toronto.  Each exhibit will coincide with an speakers event open to the public – with themes ranging from reflecting on the stories and history of the local mural scene, to innovations and looking towards the future.

Special Events and Talks are to be announced – stay tuned for details!

  • May 11th – June 2nd: Downtown Yonge BIA Pop Up Gallery
  • June 5 – August 11th: Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond
  • August 20th-Sept 21st: Storefront Gallery at Arts Etobicoke




Thanks to our Partners

Special thanks to our partners, the Downtown Yonge BIA, who have allowed us the use of the Yonge Space gallery. They are advocates of murals telling the stories and animating local neighbourhoods and we look forward to their continuing contribution to public murals along Toronto’s downtown Yonge Street.

The Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (DYBIA) is a catalyst for creating vibrant urban experiences and events in the heart of downtown Toronto. Representing more than 2,000 businesses and their employees, as well as the broader community of residents, students and visitors, the DYBIA champions attractive public spaces, popular events, safety and cleanliness. It plays an active role both at street level and in boardrooms, advocating for a thriving and diverse community of retailers, restaurants and services.


About Yonge Space: The southeast corner of Yonge St. and Gerrard St. in downtown Toronto will soon be home to a pop-up art gallery, featuring short-term exhibits as the area undergoes redevelopment. Commissioned by the Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Cresford Developments, “Yonge Space” launches May 10. “This is an activation that will engage the community, keeping it vibrant and exciting,” says DYBIA Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Mark Garner. “Yonge Space will be an accessible, interesting celebration of arts and culture.”

The Toronto Mural Archive is generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


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