Whether you’re an art enthusiast, or have little knowledge of the art world but love to perusegood art, Toronto is home to incredible art galleries for you to explore. From intimate private galleries to vast galleries that house tens of thousands of pieces of art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Surrounding yourself with art and culture is never a waste of time. Here are 5 local art galleries you need to check out.
1.Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
One of the most renowned art galleries in North America, the AGO houses a collection of over 95,000 works of art, and consistently puts on incredible events and exhibitions. Their art collection ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to European masterpieces; from famous pieces by the Group of Seven to emerging Canadian Indigenous artists, plus so much more. Along with taking in the breathtaking artwork, you can head to their gift shop for artisanal creations, have a bite to eat and drink at the bistro, espresso bar or café, or take one of the gallery’s courses or workshops in their integrated studio!
2.Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA)
Previously occupying an old textile factory on Queen West, MOCA moved to the Junction Triangle’s historic Tower Automotive Building in 2018. Covering 55,000 square feet of space and five whole floors, it’s the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon. The ground floor is free to the public and also houses a bookstore run by Art Metropole and a café operated by King West’s FornoCultura. You’ll find the main gallery spaces on the second and third floor, so you’ll spend most time exploring floors one through three. The fourth floor is part programming space, part artist studios, and the fifth is rental space and offices.
3. Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
The Power Plant is devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It’s dedicated to presenting new and recent work by Canadian artists, along with international artists as well. A key attraction of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, this public art gallery is known for its commitment to ground-breaking contemporary Canadian art. Hosting remarkable exhibitions, as well as programs and events for kids, youths and adults, there’s lots to explore at Power Plant.
Twist Gallery is a private gallery on Queen West. Step into a 5,000 square foot New York style loft featuring skylights, French Arch windows, and long wooden beams. The gallery supports local artists, giving them a space to showcase their artwork, and providing a relaxed, social environment for visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or know nothing about art, you can walk around feeling comfortable learning about all the pieces displayed.
5. Abbozzo Gallery
Another more intimate gallery space on Richmond Street West, Abbozzo Gallery exhibits modern and contemporary paintings, prints, works on paper and sculptures. The gallery represents over 25 Canadian and international artists in a beautiful, warm and welcoming space. With social events and diverse exhibitions, Abbozzo is definitely a gallery to check off your list. If you’re looking to enhance your art education, check out their online videos that cover everything from art lessons to interviews to panel discussions on topics like art market, how to look at an artwork, how to build an art collection and much more.
Head to an art gallery the next time you’re looking for something to do. These local art galleries are must-visits!