Loop is a co-operative gallery with 30+ member artists who exhibit on a regular basis and play an active role in defining the gallery’s vision. Member exhibitions represent the bulk of the gallery’s programming and are presented as two simultaneous solo shows. Loop also periodically hosts special projects that include group shows, artist talks, MFA exhibitions, local festivals, and other community initiatives.
Founded in 2000, loop was one of several arts organizations that effectively transformed Queen Street’s gritty “wild west” into the vibrant, trend-setting, cultural destination it is today. Conceived by Catherine Beaudette and Richard Mongiat, partly in response to a scarcity of permanent exhibition venues, loop was envisioned as a selfsustaining, collectively-run space for a group of professional member artists. Both Beaudette and Mongiat extended invitations to five artists who were each asked in-turn to invite a peer, leading to an initial group of twenty-two artists: John Abrams, Shelley Adler, Elizabeth Bailey, Catherine Beaudette, Matthew Carver, Moira Clark, Denise Cooper, Joan Dymianiw, Maria Gabankova, Candida Girling, Sybil Goldstein, Gillian lIes, Phil Irish, Christopher Keir, Eugene Mastrangelli, Richard Mongiat, Jack Niven, Lisa Petrocco, Curtis Trent, Aidan Urquhart, Adriana van Drunen, and Cecilia Varga, all of whom contributed to the maintenance, operation, and promotion of the gallery. Beaudette and Mongiat co-directed the gallery until 2008 at which time loop was incorporated as a not-for-profit with a rotating volunteer board of directors. With the mandate to preserve a fundamentally engaging, inexpensive, and co-operative venture, Loop brought to Queen Street the artist-run culture that had been a fixture of Canadian art since the 1970s.
In 2009, Loop migrated north, joining yet another hotbed of burgeoning cultural activity on Dundas Street West. After more than a decade in operation, Loop’s artist-led curatorial model in conjunction with the calibre of its member artists have allowed the gallery to retain its reputation as a fertile ground for inventive practices and projects. In addition, collaborations with a host of Canadian artists, scholars, and curators have helped establish Loop as an open circuit with links all across the country.
Can I rent the gallery for a show or special event?
The gallery offers limited rental opportunities for exhibitions, festivals, and other cultural programs. At this time, the gallery is unable to offer event rentals for weddings, parties, product launches, or one-night events. Inquire directly for more information.
How do I become a member of Loop?
The gallery issues a call for submissions approximately once every 19 months. Please visit our Submissions page for more information.
What type of work does the gallery show?
Loop is home to a broad range of professional practices that span painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, textiles, and much more. Check out the works of our artists.
Are you hiring? Can I volunteer at the gallery?
There are currently no positions available. Keep your eye on our website and social media for future postings!
Banner images photographed by Patricia Njovu.