About

About

The Blackwood Gallery is a contemporary art gallery situated on the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto. The Gallery presents curated exhibitions featuring the work of local, national, and international professional artists. The main space of the Gallery is located in room 140 of the Kaneff Centre on Inner Circle Road. The Blackwood has an additional exhibition space, the e|gallery, on the ground floor of the Communication, Culture, and Information Technology Building (CCT). The Blackwood also programs the Bernie Miller Lightbox on the outside of South Building.    

The Blackwood Gallery presents approximately five exhibitions each year, including off-site exhibitions and graduating students shows. In addition to its exhibition schedule, the Blackwood presents a number of special projects, including publications, public lectures, symposia, and conferences.

The Blackwood Gallery pays artists and collaborators CARFAC fees.

Mandate

The Blackwood Gallery seeks to be a catalyst for current debates, and a laboratory for contemporary artistic and curatorial experiments. Through its activities, it aims to disturb preconceptions, foster discussion, and engage the intellect as well as the senses.

History

Opened in 1969 as the Erindale College Art Gallery—the first public art gallery in the Peel region—the Gallery was renamed in 1992 in honour of Canadian artist David Blackwood who was artist-in-residence at UTM from 1967-1971 (www.davidblackwood.com). The Blackwood family marked the occasion by making a significant gift of art works that remain a cornerstone of the Blackwood’s permanent collection.

Accessibility

Physical Access and Facilities

The Blackwood Gallery endeavours to increase access and remove barriers to engagement with contemporary art, and to treat all members of our publics in an equitable manner. For more information about the University of Toronto's accessibility policies, please click here.

Both the Blackwood Gallery in the Innovation Complex and the e|gallery in the CCT Building are accessible to people who use mobility devices, with doorways measuring over 32” wide. All entrances at ground floor level to both buildings are equipped with power-assisted doors. 

The Blackwood Gallery is located on the ground floor of the newly renovated Innovation Complex, which includes open spaces, round sloped corners, and windows to facilitate visual communication and navigation. Accessible multi-user gendered washrooms are located at ground level.

The e|gallery in the CCT Building is located on the ground floor, accessible via the east entrance (adjacent to parking lot 9) at ground level, or by elevator from the main floor entrance and at parking garage levels 1, 3, and 5. Accessible multi-user gendered washrooms are located at ground level, and accessible multi-user all-gender washrooms are located on the third floor of the CCT Building.

For more information about washrooms on campus, please click here.

Parking

Barrier-free parking spaces are available for those who have a Provincial Ministry of Transportation Accessible Parking Permit (APP). Accessible parking areas closest to gallery spaces include the Student Centre/Kaneff Building lot, adjacent to the Blackwood, and the CCT Garage, levels P1 and P3. For more information on barrier-free parking at UTM, click here.

Signage, Website, Interpretive Materials and Programming

We have recently embarked on plans with the University to enhance accessibility for Deaf persons, including increased visual signage with perceptible information, AODA compliancy for our website, and the integration of inter-titles and captions in our video documentation of public programs and interpretive material. The Blackwood Gallery aims to increase the accessibility of its online presence and its interpretive materials. Please contact us at blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca for additional information or to discuss accessibility needs for upcoming programs, events, tours, etc.

Positive Space

The Blackwood Gallery works to promote equity, inclusion, and intersectional understandings of identity on campus, and to challenge discrimination based on gender and sexual diversity. For more about UTM’s positive space initiatives, please click here.


Advisory Board

David Poolman, Sheridan Faculty (Chair)
Art and Art History Program
Sheridan College

John Armstrong, Sheridan Faculty
Art and Art History Program
Sheridan College

Sonja Hidas, Community Representative
Artist, Mississauga

Louis Kaplan, DVS Faculty
Art and Art History Program
University of Toronto Mississauga

Azadeh Monzavi, Student Representative
Art and Art History Program
UTM/Sheridan College

Louise Noguchi, Sheridan Faculty
Art and Art History Program
Sheridan College

Tazeen Qayyum, Community Representative
Artist, Oakville

John Paul Ricco, DVS Faculty
Department of Visual Studies
University of Toronto Mississauga

Michael Spaziani, Community Representative
Architect, Mississauga

Alison Syme, DVS Faculty
Chair, Department of Visual Studies
University of Toronto Mississauga

Indu Vashist, Community Representative
Executive Director, SAVAC: South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto

Jay Wilson, Sheridan Faculty
Art and Art History Program
Sheridan College

Vanessa Zeoli, Student Representative
Art and Art History Program
UTM/Sheridan College

Floor Plans
Acknowledgements

Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga.

The Blackwood Gallery Work-Study Program is funded in part by the Dean's Office of the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Funding for additional staff support made possible through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program, Department of Canadian Heritage. The Canadian Museums Association administers the museum component of the YCW program on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images
Photos by Blackwood Gallery