Let it matter what we call a thing

6 November 2021 - 26 February 2022
Opening Reception 6 November 2021 11am

Let it matter what we call a thing will be held online and free to the public. Schedule and a full list of speakers coming soon. Nasrin Himada leads a response under Mercer Union’s fORUM program, that extends on the themes of Onyeka Igwe’s exhibition, THE REAL STORY IS WHAT’S IN THAT ROOM. In a series […]



6 November 2021 - 26 February 2022
Opening Reception 6 November 2021 11am

With a forensic lens, Onyeka Igwe’s commissioned film a so-called archive (2020), interrogates the decomposing repositories of Empire, and offers the central feature in her first solo exhibition in North America, THE REAL STORY IS WHAT’S IN THAT ROOM. Blending footage shot in two colonial archive buildings—one in Lagos, Nigeria, and the other in Bristol, United Kingdom—the film is a double […]


Onyeka Igwe In Conversation with Nasrin Himada and Milka Njoroge

15 October 2021 12pm

Event starts at 12:30PM EST Onyeka Igwe speaks in conversation with Nasrin Himada and Milka Njoroge. This event contextualizes key themes running through Igwe’s work and the artist’s forthcoming solo exhibition at Mercer Union: THE REAL STORY IS WHAT’S IN THAT ROOM, which includes the new film a so-called archive (2020). In a double portrait […]


Artist Afternoons

15 September 2021 6pm - 6 October 2021 7pm

Please join us for Artist Afternoons at Mercer Union on September 15, 22, 29, and October 6 from 6 – 7 PM. Through the end of our current exhibition, we invite artists and our community to come and meet one another at Mercer Union’s patio after hours on Wednesdays. Hang out and reconnect with friends […]


SPACE: Shellie Zhang | A day passes like a year: Ode to Autumn

22 September 2021 - 14 December 2021

Mercer Union’s SPACE billboard commission has invited artist Shellie Zhang for its 2021–22 season for a yearlong series titled, A day passes like a year. Known for her highly composed still life works that assemble objects of pop iconography, cultural construction, and diasporic memory, Zhang’s photographs offer vibrant gestures of reclamation, humor, and dissidence. In […]



23 August 2021 12am

Mercer Union is closed for summer holidays from 23 August – 7 September 2021. When we reopen in September, we’ll resume walk-in visits with health and safety measures in place. If you have accommodation needs, please get in touch about alternative visiting hours by emailing office@mercerunion.org.


CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Digital Communications Assistant

6 August 2021 6pm

Digital Communications Assistant Program Stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage Term: 28-week position, 32 hours / week Location: Toronto Hourly Wage: $18.50 / hr Application deadline: 6 August 2021 Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art is seeking a Digital Communications Assistant for a 28-week contract beginning 13 September 2021. Mercer Union […]



15 June 2021 7pm

The Four Onions launch and reading “These poems started with food. I was writing down what I talked about most, and I talked a lot about the things I eat and don’t eat. For example, beef jerky vs. eggs. I realize now that food was the beginning because 1) my parents ran a café/diner during […]


fORUM: Rifky | Lesoon | Przedpełski | Marks

25 May 2021 1pm

REGISTER TO ATTEND Imagine what the General’s wife would say! Careful Studies and Rogue Constructions of the Kėdainiai Minaret Storytelling and history spring from the same origin, yet their alliance is sometimes troubled. In the exhibition A Minaret for the General’s Wife, by Turkish-Canadian artist Erdem Taşdelen at Mercer Union, the Kėdainiai minaret is a […]


SPACE: The BAU | Functioning Circuits: GreenPort

5 April 2021 - 21 August 2021

Black Artists Union (BAU) in collaboration with Kanna Anigbogu illustrate the ethos of GreenPort Cannabis: Healing, Community, Growth and Unity. Mercer Union’s SPACE billboard commission has invited The Black Artists Union (BAU) for its 2020-21 season. Their project, Functioning Circuits, gathers functionality in art through a series of advertisements made collaboratively with The BAU commissioned artists and businesses […]


SESSION: ma ma invite Claire Bishop

12 April 2021 6pm

ma ma | in residence invite art historian Claire Bishop to discuss her writings A Speculative Review of #NewMoMA and MoMA Tour 2064, and reflect on speculation as a way of imagining ethical institutional practices. Her talk will be followed by a discussion with the audience moderated by ma ma. Admission to this online event […]


SESSION: ma ma invite Chaédria LaBouvier

17 May 2021 6pm

ma ma | in residence invite curator, art historian, writer and organizer Chaédria LaBouvier to contribute a triptych work: a short, written introduction, clips of an unfinished film project, and a talk. All works will focus on interrogating what’s been called an art-world reckoning, and the cost and site of this foundation. Admission to this […]


SESSION: ma ma

28 June 2021 6pm

As part of their program ma ma | in residence, Heather Rigg and Magdalyn Asimakis lead a workshop on speculative writing. This program will encourage participants to imagine the future of arts institutions through new forms of writing and critique. This will be a collective exercise for writers at all levels. Admission to this online […]


ma ma | in residence

12 April 2021 - 28 June 2021

Fast Forward: Speculative Institutions Mercer Union has invited Toronto-based collective ma ma for an extended term of curatorial research through public events and engagements. ma ma | in residence begins with Fast Forward: Speculative Institutions, a three-part program on speculation and imagination that will consider how institutional critique can be a catalyst for institutional change. […]

A blueprint map of the Greater Toronto Area covered with the text "BAU BUYS Bitcoin"


SPACE: The BAU | Functioning Circuits: BAU Buys Bitcoin

15 February 2021 - 3 April 2021

Bitcoin, coined as internet money, is a programmable network that works as a store of value through its distributed public ledger. Operating independently of a central bank, Bitcoin exists outside of government issued currencies and offers an alternative to legacy financial tools. The Black Artists Union’s (BAU) desire to seek tools for self-sustenance has led […]


“What Viruses Know About Politics?” | Filipa Ramos

26 January 2021 5pm - 7pm

REGISTER TO ATTEND In 2014, social theorist Brian Massumi authored What Animals Teach Us About Politics?, “an extended thought experiment in what an animal politics can be”. Seven years later, humanity’s belonging to the natural realm has never been so asserted, as human-induced climate change renders the entanglement of causes and consequences even more visible and […]


SESSION/relay: Alize Zorlutuna

14 February 2021 12pm

How to write for an imagined place The word “place” can refer to a myriad of locales, both physical and psychic. Place is real earth beneath our feet as well as imagined: a relic of memory in the privacy of our thoughts; an historic construction; a fantasy of elsewhere; a felt sense; a longing. Place is a gathering of stories, mythologies, and hauntings. It can be […]


Video Walkthrough: A Minaret for the General’s Wife

12 January 2021 12am

Erdem Taşdelen gives a virtual tour of his ongoing solo exhibition, A Minaret for the General’s Wife, speaking to the histories, myths and speculations that drew him to the Kėdainiai Minaret and how exhibition-making within the pandemic environment pushed the artist to creatively rethink ideas of presence without live bodies. While A Minaret for the […]