Art Gallery of York University, Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street
M3J 1P3
Phone: 416.736.5169
Fax: 416.736.5985

Art Gallery Of York University

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is recognized as one of Canada's leading university affiliated public art galleries devoted to the presentation of contemporary art. The Gallery has made it its mission to present exhibitions of an experimental and probing nature, appropriate to the progressive atmosphere that exists within an academic community. Such an atmosphere provides the AGYU with the opportunity to produce programs that stimulate inquiry and discussion. The Gallery invites prominent Canadian and international artists, guest curators, scholars, and critics to provide diverse critical perspectives to its Exhibition and Publications programs.

The Art Gallery of York University has distinguished itself through its numerous "firsts". Since 1989 it has presented the Canadian premiere exhibitions of artists as diverse as Robert Gober, Marlene Dumas, Haim Steinbach, Luc Tuymans, Diana Thater, Juan Muñoz, Shirazeh Houshiary, Cristina Iglesias, Jean-Marc Bustamante, and Marie-José Burki. Solo exhibitions by many artists were organized years before their places in the art world were established and before they were given international retrospectives elsewhere. Many Canadian artists such as Rodney Graham, Tom Dean, Pierre Dorion, and Vera Frenkel have had their first major exhibition catalogues published by the AGYU.

Permanent Collection

The AGYU maintains a permanent collection. Most recent acquisitions include Kathryn Ruppert-Dazai's "The Hills", Derek Sullivan's "Smithson" multiple, and Anitra Hamilton's "Batter Up" multiple.


Anitra Hamilton
A Retrospective on Parade
Art Gallery of York University
25 April– 24 June 2007
Opening reception:
Wednesday, 25 April, 6-9PM

Kristan Horton
Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove
Art Gallery of York University
25 April– 24 June 2007
Opening reception:
Wednesday, 25 April, 6-9PM

Previous Exhibitions

Matthew Brannon: Try And Be Grateful
31 December – 1 April

Jeremy Deller: An AGYU Retrospective at Two Sites
Art Gallery of York University
4 October – 3 December 2006
Mercer Union (37 Lisgar St.)
13 October – 25 November 2006

Stan Douglas: Inconsolable Memories
April 20 to June 25, 2006

Matthew Brannon and Liam Gillick (Artist residency)
AGYU @ The Drake
1 October to 2 November 2005
3 to 7 November 2005

Fiona Banner, Rosa Barba, Nathalie Melikian: Horror, Science Fiction, Porn
13 April - 12 June 2005

Istvan Kantor: Machinery Execution
9 February - 3 April 2005

Mike Hoolboom: The Invisible Man
24 November - 30 January 2005

The Atlas Group and Walid Raad: I Was Overcome by a Momentary Panic at the Thought That They Might be Right: Documents From the Nassar Files in the Atlas Group Archive
15 September - 14 November 2004

Jeremy Blake: Century 21
Screened at Trinity Square Video
10 July-13 August 2004

640 480: True Love Will Find You in the End
21 May - 13 June 2004

Jeremy Blake: Winchester Trilogy
12 May - 27 June 2004
Sinbad in the Rented World
Group exhibition featuring Joel Gibb, Andrew Harwood, Will Munro and Jeremy Laing, Ian Phillips, The Ensemble of Tops `n' Bottoms, and Scott Treleaven
11 February - 28 March 2004

what it feels like for a girl
Group exhibition featuring Karma Clarke-Davis, Louise Liliefeldt, Peaches (with Kara Blake and j.d. Samson), Fiona Smyth, and Julie Voyce
3 December 2003 - 2 February 2004

Pierre Bismuth
8 September - 23 October 2003

Peter Bowyer
21 May - 27 June /
2 - 28 September 2003+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Donky Ninja Witch
26 September - 16 December
Opening reception:
Wednesday, 26 September, 6-9PM



Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 4:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 8:00
Sunday noon - 5:00
Saturday closed

Getting there

The AGYU is located in the Accolade East Building, S.W. corner of the Common and Ian MacDonald Blvd, on the campus of York University.

By Public Transportation
Take the Spadina/University subway line to Downsview Station, then the York University 106 or 196 (express) bus onto campus. From the Yonge Street subway line, take the train to Finch Station, then the Steeles West 60C or 60F bus to the University. Go Transit, York Region Transit, and VIVA also serve the campus.

By Car
Pay parking is available kitty-corner in the Student Services Parking Garage on Ian MacDonald Blvd., between York Blvd. and The Pond Rd.

News and events

New work by
Diane Borsato, Daniel Cockburn and Kristan Horton–produced through the "in there" initiative–is exhibited in the AGYU reception and mezzanine areas.

Snowbank: A work for a large group of dancers, and one trumpet


Lost in the Woods

"in there" was an experimental process-based collaborative project involving 3 Toronto artists–Diane Borsato, Daniel Cockburn, and Kristan Horton–with 12 students from the dance, music and theatre departments at York University. Over the 2006/2007 academic year, the artists and students developed three innovative new works that were integrated into the Accolade East Building.

Sunday 13 May 2007

Go on an exclusive North York Performance Bus Safari with Toronto artist Carolyn Tripp. The adventure starts at OCAD (100 McCaul Street) at 12:30 pm as Tripp guides you out of Toronto's downtown to the opening reception of Simon Frank: Imprint and My Square Foot at Koffler Gallery. The trip continues at 3 pm to the AGYU for the launch of Anitra Hamilton's new multiple, Batter Up, and Kristan Horton's artist book, Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove. The adventure is complete when the bus returns downtown at 5:30 pm.

To reserve contact Emelie Chhangur @ 416.736.2100 88602.

The Performance Bus: Toronto Transit in support of Toronto culture!

Matthew Brannon, Hyena, 2007
64 pages
$25.00. Edition of 100

Matthew Brannon, Hyena Record, 2007
$150.00. Edition of 50

Derek Sullivan, Robert Smithson, 2007
18 x 24 inches, framed
$500.00. Edition o...+ [ Read all ]


The AGYU is committed to the development of Canada's future museum professionals. As a unique teaching laboratory for York students, the AGYU provides professional training through special internships for course credit, graduate assistantships, work/study, volunteer, and docent programs. The Gallery is pleased to have helped launch the careers of a number of individuals currently working in the visual arts.

Recent Education Initiatives:

Bibliophiles will not want to miss our latest exhibition of artist books at the AGYU bookstore produced by youth at 'the Spot', the Jane and Finch Family and Community Centre's youth drop in centre. Enjoy the creations of artist-participants: Syed Abbas, Amina Abdi, Billan Abdi, Rakia Abdirashid, Hyunjoo Choi, Cindy Hoang, Steven Hoang, Lina Freire Loor, Nicholas Freire Loor, Kerena Lucas, Chihiyo 'Dee' Matemba, Jeeyeong Park, Jeeyoon Park, Ubah Omar, and Hanad Warsame. Also on display, are books by Willow Dawson and stef lenk, two rising stars on Toronto's self publishing scene.

This Spring, the AGYU partnered with Toronto artists and illustrators Willow Dawson and stef lenk to offer an artist bookmaking project to youth at the Spot, the Jane and Finch Family and Community CentreÂąs youth drop-in centre at Yorkgate Mall. Part of a thriving Toronto community of artists-illustrators-writers that are committed to self-publishing, lenk and Dawson guided youth through the process of making an artist's book and encouraged them to explore and develop textual and visual approaches to storytelling. In addition to fostering creative thinking, these exercises promoted and celebrated literacy by offering youth the opportunity to create an a...+ [ Read all ]


Outdoor Sculpture Tours
The gallery organizes guided walking tours of the university's outdoor sculpture collection. Tours will be offered throughout the summer.

Gallery Tour
The gallery also offers guided tour of current exhibition at the AGYU.

For more information regarding AGYU's Sculpture collection, or to book a tour, please contact the Education Coordinator at 416.736.5169 or e-mail her at




- Free admission to AGYU and most Ontario public art galleries
- Invitations to openings
- Subscription to newsletter
- 15% discount on publications
- Use of resource/slide library

+ 25% discount on publications
+ Tax receipt

+ Invitations to special events and lectures
+ Individual tours with the curator

+ Intimate intellectual gatherings at the forefront of discussions on contemporary art
+ Complimentary AGYU publications


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