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A site of contemporary cultural conversation, YYZ exists to give artists space and support to take risks and create freely.


YYZ leads the advancement of Canadian culture through presenting and initiating critical and engaging projects. We will lead by inventing new ways to support artists.


YYZ values collaboration in both our internal operations and our programming activities. Internally, we act on consensus and encourage dialogue. Externally, we engage with other institutions and work closely with artists.

YYZ values openness. We provide multiple entry points to YYZ and its activities and seek to reach and cultivate audiences locally and beyond.

YYZ values an artistic-centric environment. We place the artist at the centre of all activities and advocate for fair remuneration and creative freedom.

YYZ aims to measure all its programming decisions against these recognized values.


The YYreZidency program allows artists to use the gallery as a site for experimentation while giving the public an opportunity to see the processes of art production.


YYZUNLIMITED invites artists to imagine and reinvent the organization as a site of opportunity through a series of interventions, the presence of which serves as material evidence of a lasting community that is not determined by the duration or protocol of the exhibition structure at YYZ.


The YYretroZpective is an artist-initiated and self-curated take on the retrospective exhibition. Our mandate is to put artists first. We provide them with the space and support to create freely and we respect their practice in whatever form they wish to present it. We believe that it is important for an artist-run centre to support artists at all stages of their careers, from giving them their first show out of school to taking a survey look at their practice.


YYZ annually hosts twelve exhibitions, alongside a number of other special programming events.


YYZBOOKS publishes a wide range of books about Canadian criticism and art history, contributing to a broad discourse on visual culture.