The John B. Aird Gallery opened in 1985. It was named in honour of the twenty-third Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario to recognize his exceptional support of the visual arts in Canada.
The Gallery is governed by an Executive Committee, known as the John B. Aird Gallery Board of Directors. Board members are volunteers from the community and representatives from four art societies that exhibit at the Aird: the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC); the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA); the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA); the Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC). The Board directs the gallery and its operations and an Executive Director/Curator, appointed by the Board, works to achieve the aims of the gallery and manage day-to-day operations. The Government of Ontario provides the exhibition space and related building services. All operating funds are derived from exhibition fees and commissions, an annual silent auction fundraiser (Mistletoe Magic) and donations.
The mandate of the John B. Aird Gallery is to create awareness and enjoyment of works by contemporary professional artists. Open free of charge to the public, the Aird Gallery is a special place providing a nurturing atmosphere for both artist and viewer. To fulfill its mandate, the Aird Gallery Board strives:
- to encourage excellence in visual art
- to focus on the works of contemporary artists
- to present a variety of media, disciplines and styles
- to provide opportunities for study and education in conjunction with the exhibitions
- to implement a curatorial standard for the presentation of work
- to provide an accessible exhibition space in downtown Toronto
An Exhibition Selection Committee reviews exhibition proposals on an ongoing basis and selects exhibitions for presentation in the gallery. Additionally, the Aird Gallery Board sponsors three annual juried shows focussing on each of drawing, printmaking and photography. The Board also mounts fundraising exhibitions to support gallery activities. The Gallery welcomes proposals from artists and/or their representatives. For further details click on the Open Calls & Submissions button on the menu above.