Welcome to Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC), a not-for-profit initiative and space dedicated to the support and advancement of curatorial inquiry and practice in Toronto, Canada, and beyond.
Critical Distance is the new name and identity for TYPOLOGY, a not-for-profit project space that was established at Artscape Youngplace in 2013 to be an open platform for diverse curatorial and artistic practices and perspectives. Building on the past three years of providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount their exhibitions within a critical framework, TYPOLOGY is relaunching as a centre for curators in response to the need, voiced to us by local and national curators, for a truly vital curatorial community—one that provides information, advocacy, opportunities, and resources for practitioners at all stages in their professional development.
As Critical Distance, we will continue to produce a wide-ranging annual program of exhibitions and projects supported by the production of original publications, editions, and related events. At the same time we will embark upon an open and inclusive process to share information, explore ideas, establish key priorities, and develop new programs in support of curatorial practice and inquiry at local, national, and international levels. Anyone interested in participating, building, joining, and supporting a truly dedicated space and centre for curating is invited to get involved.
When exhibitions are on, we are open Friday–Sunday from 12–5 pm (except statutory holidays) and by appointment
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We are located in Suite 302 on the third floor at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street between Dundas and Queen in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood
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Critical Distance Centre for Curators
No. 302 — Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5
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Email us at info (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca. For applications, submissions and related questions, please see below and/or contact submissions (at) critical distance (dot) ca
Critical Distance provides valuable experience and opportunities to curators, artists, administrators, and arts enthusiasts through our submissions, residency, internship, and volunteer programs. Please see the relevant pages at left for submission and application guidelines
About the Space
Our Building, Space Description, Location, and more
About the Name
We chose Critical Distance for our new name because it is precisely this distance that affords curators the space to engage critically with the work of another. It is this perspective at a slight remove which fundamentally differentiates the curatorial or critical voice from that of the artist or maker. For more information, click the link above for a discussion on Quora.
Please note that the transition to criticaldistance.ca from typology.ca will be happening over the next few months so this website is subject to change and error. Some links will continue to track back to the TYPOLOGY website which is being preserved as an archive and resource. Past exhibitions and artist/curator profiles in the Registry are in the process of being transferred to this website and links will be updated accordingly. Broken links and typos are inevitable and we would be grateful to be informed if found. Thanks for your patience as we work to improve your online experience at CDCC.