Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond.
Our mission springs from the interests, motivations and methodologies of contemporary curatorial practice, foregrounding critical inquiry, collaboration, and experimentation in making new connections between artists, art forms, ideas, images, objects, environments, and audiences. In providing an open platform for the support and presentation of research, development, writing, design, and production of exhibitions and other curatorial projects, Critical Distance seeks to stimulate curiosity, conversation, and critical thinking on contemporary culture and the act of curating itself through the lenses of collecting, organizing, displaying, and viewing or experiencing.
Part gallery and publisher, part professional community and network: CDCC is a hybrid organization that pursues multiple interrelated objectives, including:
CRITICAL CURATING, COMPELLING PROGRAMMING
To produce a wide-ranging annual program of exhibitions and projects supported by the production of original publications, editions, and related events
To provide an open, inclusive platform for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions and curatorial projects within a critical framework
To encourage and support diverse, innovative, and challenging curatorial and artistic perspectives and practices that engage topical, challenging and visually/conceptually compelling objects, ideas, and experiences
COMMUNITY BUILDING, OUTREACH, and DISCOURSE
To create curatorial community and foster critical discourse and collaborations at local, regional, national, and international levels of engagement
To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life in a space that is welcoming, unintimidating, and accessible for all
CURATORIAL RESOURCES, EDUCATION, and ADVOCACY
To create learning opportunities and shared resources for curators and artists at all stages in their professional development
To engage in education, advocacy and promotion of economic sustainability and best practices in curating and exhibition-making
With a focus on critically engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance is an open platform for diverse curatorial perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.