Deanna Bowen: On Trial The Long Doorway

15 September 2017 - 4 November 2017
Opening Reception 14 September 2017 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen. Working across film, sculpture, performance, installation, drawing and photography, Bowen excavates traumatic episodes and invisible histories. Through genealogical and historical research, she digs into histories of slavery, oppression, migration and Civil Rights’ movements, in North America, making discerning personal work through […]



Artisan Series 2017 Call for Submissions

5 August 2017 12am

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, in partnership with ARTSY, is searching for new emerging artists in North America. The grand prize winner will receive a cash stipend and collaborate with ARTSY to create an ARTSY special project in New York City in 2018. The three regional winners from Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto of the 2017 Artisan Series […]



Big on Bloor: Toronto Ink Company

22 July 2017 1pm - 23 July 2017 3pm

Mercer Union is pleased to present a billboard and City and Colour workshops with Jason Logan from Toronto Ink Company as part of Big on Bloor 2017. Celebrating 10 years, of local arts, culture and community, BIG on Bloor is a two-day summer event presented along a car-free stretch of Bloor Street West between Dufferin […]



ONE HOUR MIXER: Shellie Zhang

11 August 2017 6pm - 7pm

Summertime is for Members! AFTER HOURS music and cocktails Please join us on Friday 11 August for a one-hour mix by Shellie Zhang and a drink on the house with good company. This is your last chance to experience Katinka Bock’s exhibition before it closes. Refreshments will be served on the patio (weather permitting). Not yet a member? To have access to […]



Steps/Mesures: Anne-Lou Vicente & Raphaël Brunel

6 July 2017 7pm - 8pm

Curator’s talk: Anne-Lou Vicente and Raphaël Brunel (What You See Is What You Hear) Thursday 6 July, 7 – 8PM Addmission is FREE and all are welcome From Marconia di Pisticci to Toronto (and back): a post-radio tale On the occasion of this talk, they will discuss Toronto’s connection to Marconia di Pisticci, a small […]

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Steps/Mesures: Céline Poulin

21 June 2017 7pm - 8pm

Steps/Mesures is a short-term residency program presented in partnership with the Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.  This program invites artists and curators living in France for a series of short-term residencies in Toronto to forge conversation between cultural ecologies. The next guest of the series will be Brétigny-based curator Céline Poulin. Curator’s Talk Céline Poulin  Wednesday 21 […]

Katinka Bock, production still of the exhibition _O_O__O at MU, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff.


Katinka Bock: _o_o__o

Katinka Bock

24 June 2017 - 12 August 2017
Opening Reception 24 June 2017 5pm

Opening Reception featuring a performance by Aisha Sasha John: Saturday 24 June 2017, 6PM Mercer Union is delighted to present the first solo exhibition by Paris-based artist Katinka Bock in Canada. _o_o__o, titled in reference to Toronto, is a new body of work including Super 8 film, photographs, architectural and site interventions, and sculptural works. The gallery itself plays […]



In Studio: Robert Hengeveld

31 May 2017 6pm - 11 May 2017 7pm

Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit. Hengeveld’s studio is walking distance from Mercer Union. RSVP to York Lethbridge by email or by calling 416.536.1519 Robert Hengeveld […]

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Musical Movements, Historical Deposits: Farzaneh Hemmasi and Leila Pourtavaf

16 May 2017 6pm - 8pm

Join us on Tuesday 16th May at 6.30pm for a conversation between Farzaneh Hemmasi and Leila Pourtavaf responding to our current exhibition Jumana Manna’s A Magical Substance Flows Into Me. Farzaneh Hemmasi is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests span popular music, celebrity, transnational media publics, and the politics […]



Holiday on Friday 14 April 2017

14 April 2017 11am - 6pm

Mercer Union will be closed on Friday 14 April for a Statutory Holiday. The gallery will resume regular open hours on Saturday 15 April, from 11AM to 6PM.



Call for Applicants

18 April 2017 12am

Job Posting: Director of Exhibitions & Programs Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art Post Title: Director of Exhibitions & Programs Reports to: Board of Directors Salary: $50,000 per annum plus benefits and a travel/professional development allotment Closing Date: 18 April 2017 The Board of Directors of Mercer Union invites applications for the position of […]



SPACE: Francisco-Fernando Granados

31 March 2017 - 30 June 2017
Opening Reception 31 March 2017 7pm

The next artist to create a commissioned work for our SPACE billboard project is Francisco-Fernando Granados. Francisco-Fernando Granados’ multidisciplinary critical practice spans performance, installation, cultural theory, digital media, public art, curatorial and community-based projects. He has presented work in galleries, museums, theatres, artist-run centres and non-traditional sites including; Art Gallery of York University; Blackwood Gallery; […]

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Jumana Manna: A Magical Substance Flows Into Me

Jumana Manna

31 March 2017 - 27 May 2017
Opening Reception 31 March 2017 7pm

  Mercer Union is delighted to present the first solo exhibition by the Berlin-based artist Jumana Manna in Canada, in collaboration with the 30th Images Festival. The exhibition presents her feature-length film, A magical substance flows into me (2015) which weaves through musical traditions of a multitude of communities living in and around Jerusalem. It […]

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Stellar Living 2017

25 April 2017 6pm

AUCTION NIGHT | Doors at 6PM | Auction at 7PM LOCATION | Scrap Metal Gallery | 11 Dublin Street, Unit E, Toronto TICKETS $80 BUY NOW Mercer Union is proud to present Stellar Living 2017, our signature fundraising auction. The proceeds from Stellar Living 2017 will contribute essential funds to exhibitions and programs at Mercer Union, and help us maintain […]




23 February 2017 - 18 March 2017
Opening Reception 23 February 2017 7pm

Buzz, Jazmine V.K. Carr, Victoria Cheong, Marcelline Mandeng, Lido Pimienta and Zoe Solomon in collaboration with Cameron Lee Text work by Laurie Kang Opening Reception and Performance by Marcelline: Thursday 23 February 2017, 7PM Offsite Event: FEMINISTRY at The Round, Friday 24 February, from 10PM Closing Reception and fashion presentation of ReBaie by Rebée: Saturday […]



Abbas Akhavan’s variations on a garden at DRAF, London

20 January 2017 - 18 March 2017
Opening Reception 19 January 2017 6pm

abbas akhavan variations on a garden at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London Mercer Union is delighted to announce the opening of variations on a garden, a solo exhibition by Iranian-Canadian artist Abbas Akhavan (b. 1977, Tehran, Iran), at David Roberts Art Foundation, London. The sculptural installation Study for a Monument (2013-2015) presents a series of bronze plants laid out on […]



ONE HOUR MIXER: Ray~Ray & Jessica Price-Eisner

3 February 2017 6pm - 7pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Please join us on Friday 3 February for a jewelry-focused one hour mix by Ray~Ray in collaboration with artist Jessica Price-Eisner. Members enjoy a drink on the house with good company and a chance to experience Astral Bodies after hours. Bold accessories encouraged! Not yet a member? To have access to this and future […]