Ignite Gallery: New student exhibition space opens in Kensington Market

Ignite Gallery on Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market

The new Ignite Gallery, formerly known as OCAD University’s Student Gallery, is now located at 165 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market. The new location extends OCAD U’s campus into a vibrant part of the city, creating the opportunity to reach a wider audience than ever before. A few of us from the Student Affairs office popped over for a sneak peak of the gallery’s first show, Low Hanging Fruit (The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope), which officially opens on September 20, 2017, from 7 to 11 p.m. and features work by Courtney Gillatly, Emily Harrison, Owen Marshall and Cristine Yunyk. Low Hanging Fruit continues until September 30.

“Low Hanging Fruit (The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope) is an immersive installation featuring sculpture, painting, drawing, and animation works that come together to form a pop-dystopian garden environment. Bright colours and multiple narratives overwhelm the senses, referencing the artificiality of curated urban gardens while challenging the “seriousness” of the white cube.”

The new accessible space features two distinctive rooms, the larger of which has high street visibility, featuring a large storefront window. The Ignite Gallery will install three original exhibitions this year, in addition to its annual exhibitions, plus offer engaging programming year-round.

Ignite Gallery’s mandate is to celebrate and incubate the creative development of undergraduate, graduate students and recent alumni in an inclusive environment. In addition to enriching the educational experience of emerging artists, designers and curators, the gallery enables them to develop their professional practice through facilitated learning experiences that foster experimentation, interdisciplinary collaboration, mentorship and leadership. The gallery also serves as a bridge between the university and Toronto’s art, design and digital media communities.

Be sure to save the date to attend Ignite Gallery’s opening night on September 20 from 7 to 11 p.m.!