Art Gallery of York University

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a university-affiliated, not-for-profit public art gallery. Recognized as one of Canada's leading university affiliated public art galleries devoted to the presentation of contemporary art, the AGYU provides exhibitions, programs, publications, and related activities focusing on contemporary art to enrich the cultural and intellectual environment of York University and the surrounding regions. The gallery has made it its mission to present exhibitions of an experimental and probing nature, appropriate to the progressive atmosphere that exists within an academic community. Such an atmosphere provides the AGYU with the opportunity to produce programs that stimulate inquiry and discussion. The gallery invites prominent Canadian and international artists, guest curators, scholars, and critics to provide diverse critical perspectives to its exhibition and publications programs. It is also the responsibility of the AGYU to maintain and develop a permanent collection for the university.



Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele St., N145 Ross
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3

Telephone: 416-736-5169
Fax: 416-736-5985

Mailing Address: 
Art Gallery of York University
N201 Ross Building 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

Open: Monday to Friday 10:00-4:00
Wednesday 10:00-8:00
Sunday noon - 5:00

Saturday closed

Closed: Saturday
Saturdays and all statutory holidays.

Administration fees

Admission: Free

About Collections

The Art Gallery of York University is responsible for the care, maintenance, and development of York University's permanent collection of fine art. Numbering over 1500 objects, the collection is comprised of Canadian, American, Inuit, and European art of the twentieth century, as well as over a dozen permanent outdoor sculptures.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 1500

Fine Arts

Canadian • Inuit • European

Contemporary • Modern

Mixed Media, Multimedia or Installations • Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings • Sculpture • Sketchbooks or Albums • Film and Video

Folk Art

Services & Activities

Research Services

The AGYU maintains a resource library of books, periodicals, and slides which members may borrow from.

Archival Records • Information Centre • Library • Slide Library

Educational Programs

The AGYU offers a full program of artist talks, public lectures, film screenings and concerts in association with each exhibition. Internship positions are available to graduate students.

Classes or Workshops • Films • Internships • Lectures • School Programs : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP) : Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)

Visitor Services

Guided Tours • Parking Facilities : Charged • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Washrooms : Wheelchair access
Other Guided Tours: Guided tours of current exhibitions are offered every Monday at noon or by appointment. Guided tours of York Uiversity's outdoor sculpture collection are available in the Spring, Summer, and Fall by appointment.

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 10-15

Activities: Gallery Monitoring
Education and Outreach
Campus Promotion
Membership Development
Office Administration
Special Events Organization
Facility Maintenance
Events Photography

Member Privileges

Notice of all AGYU events
Complimentary AGYU newsletter with information on exhibitions, events, visiting artists and speakers
Free AGYU exhibition catalogues for all members present at openings
A 10% discount on AGYU publications (25% for student members)
A 10% discount at the Bookstore at the AGYU
Free entrance to the Power Plant and other OAAG-affiliated galleries
Borrowing privileges for the AGYU resource library

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Other: There are over 30 restaurants, pubs, cafeterias and take-out food facilities at York University, as well as a number of retail outlets in York Lanes.

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