Public Talk with Anne Low & Jacob Korczynski

2 December 2017 2pm - 3pm

Please join us for a public discussion of group exhibition s e p a r a t i o n  p e n e t r a t e s with artist Anne Low and guest curator Jacob Korczynski. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Biographies Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator and the editor of […]


separation penetrates

Emre Hüner, Jen Hutton, Steffani Jemison, Steve Kado, Anne Low, Josephine Pryde, Hassan Sharif

Curated by Jacob Korczynski

1 December 2017 - 3 February 2018
Opening Reception 1 December 2017 7pm

Start together – then separate. “One is inside then outside what one has been inside One feels empty because there is nothing inside oneself One tries to get inside oneself             that inside of the outside             that one was once inside       […]


Public conversation with Deanna Bowen

1 November 2017 7pm - 9pm

Admission is free, and all are welcome   Join us for a conversation between artist Deanna Bowen and art historian Gabrielle Moser responding to Bowen’s current exhibition, On Trial The Long Doorway. Combining historical research with strategies of reenactment, dramaturgy, and performance, this newly commissioned installation continues Bowen’s interest in activating overlooked and forgotten histories of […]


ONE HOUR MIXER: Joshua Vettivelu

3 November 2017 6pm - 7pm

Members-Only One Hour Mixer AFTER HOURS music and cocktails Please join us on Friday 3 November for a one-hour mix by Joshua Vettivelu and a drink on the house with good company. This is your last chance to experience Deanna Bowen’s exhibition before it closes and an opportunity for existing members to pick up our 2017-18 Member […]


Oliver Husain Member Edition Launch at Art Toronto

27 October 2017 12pm - 30 October 2017 8pm

Toronto-based filmmaker and artist Oliver Husain has designed our 2017-18 member edition entitled Mercèr Jungle. This glamorous silk twill scarf is available to new and existing members at Art Toronto, Booth B23, 27-30 October 2017. Visit our booth to purchase yours, and to view Mercer Union’s first in-house brand campaign, featuring Rusty. Existing members can collect their scarf at the […]


Mercer Edition 2017 Duane Linklater

27 October 2017 12pm - 30 October 2017 8pm

Mercer Editions is an initiative of Mercer Union to commission work from Canadian and international artists to benefit its activities as an artist-run centre. Projects under this banner may take different forms that reflect the diversity of artistic practice presented in its galleries and programs. For its second edition, Mercer Union collaborated with Duane Linklater to […]


Mercer Multiplier 2017

14 November 2017 6pm - 10pm

Mercer Union has asked 25 artists to each contribute works in limited editions of five, less than or equal to 20×30”. That means 125 chances for you to take home a unique work of contemporary art, while supporting Toronto’s leading artist-run centre. Purchase a ticket to be guaranteed a work at the event – ticket […]


Deanna Bowen: On Trial The Long Doorway

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

PDF of Cast & Crew Biographies  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, […]


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 […]


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: _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 […]


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 […]


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; […]


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 […]


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 […]