Gwen MacGregor

Neighbourhood Diaries

co-curated with Lewis Nicholson

York Quay Gallery, Toronto, April 10 to June 13, 2010

This exhibit was the result of an eight-week collaboration between artist–writer teams and children from nine Toronto community centres. Over an eight week period participants worked together to create video, drawing, photographic, written and other mixed media installations that reflected the children’s experience and understanding of their neighbourhoods.

Children at the following Community Centres participated: Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Parkdale Community Centre, Harbourfront Community Centre, St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club (Annex), Boys and Girls Club of Weston-Mount Dennis, Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre, 519 Community Centre, Ralph Thornton Centre.

Visual Artists: Sarindar Dhaliwal, Catharine MacIntosh, Liz Knox, Catherine Heard, Jen Hutton, Tanya Read, Graham Jarrett, Ed Pien, Shawna Reiter.

Writers: Liz Haines (Literary Lead), Kate Barris, Lisa Pasold, Stephanie Mclellan, Brooke Lockyer, Lauren Kirshner, Marina Hess, Jaya Karsemeyer, Jim Adams, Lisa Nackan, Kirsten McMahon.

Neighbourhood Diaries was initiated by Robin Uchida and Gillian Lind with support from Fresh Ground, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.