Critical Distance occupies a small but beautiful third floor gallery and office space within Artscape Youngplace, which is in turn a 75,000 square foot cultural community hub housing an exciting mix of arts, cultural, and social mission organizations. Some of our wonderful neighbours include the Koffler Gallery, Paperhouse Studio, Canadian Bookbinders and Artists’ Guild, SKETCH Working Arts, Small World Music Society, Intergalactic Arts, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, College Montrose Children’s Place, and Luminato, as well as artists Heather Nicol, Vid Inglevics, Lyla Rye, Midi Onodera, Ruth Adler, Miriam Grenville, and Eve Egoyan.
Located within the former Shaw Street School, a heritage building just blocks from the vibrant arts and culture scenes on West Queen West, Dundas West, and Ossington Avenue, Critical Distance is ideally situated to participate and collaborate with the local arts community in producing new and engaging exhibitions, editions, and related events.
The project space itself is an intimate venue for curatorial and artistic experimentation, with approximately 325 square feet devoted to exhibitions and events. Adjoining the gallery is a small office/reception area featuring two nine-foot tall windows facing downtown Toronto. Ceilings are 14 feet high.
Artscape Youngplace is fully accessible by Ontario standards, with a wheelchair ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, an elevator servicing every floor and a fully accessible washroom on every level. The nearby 63 Ossington bus on the TTC is wheelchair accessible.