Available for SOLO, DUO or GROUP SHOW of up to 4 photographers

Submissions accepted beginning July 16 2019

Submissions close November 30 2019
All CONTACT FESTIVAL fees and URBAN GALLERY Opening Reception included in exhibition rental.

call for artists

Urban Gallery is always looking for artists to exhibit their work at our downtown gallery in Toronto's historic CORKTOWN!

URBAN GALLERY does not take a commission on the sale of the artists works. Artists pay a fee for an exhibition at URBAN GALLERY. Details are available on request.


T: 647.460-1278
E: [email protected]
400 Queen Street East, Toronto
Calvin Hambrook, Gallery Manager
Allen Shugar​, Curator

Gallery hours
Monday to Friday NOON to 5 PM
Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays



Lori Ryerson's OFF THE BEATEN PATH featured at Urban Gallery this month
Thursday, April 4, 2019 to Saturday, April 27, 2019

By KJ Mullins
KJ Mullins-Toronto:  Photographer Lori Ryerson tries to capture silence within the urban landscape with her camera. Her first solo exhibition is taking place until April 27 at Queen Street East's hot spot, the Urban Gallery.

After a career in communications, Ryerson took the plunge in 2016 to fully embrace the life of a professional artist. In 2018, she was honoured to be accepted in the Ontario Society of Artists, Canada’s longest continuing art society, founded in 1872.

Ryerson said of her current exhibition, "My photography is usually the result of serendipity. I look for an alignment of things that convey a story, for the narrative in abandoned urban landscapes. I try to capture what silence looks like. These are the stories I tell through my lens."

During the artist reception on April 6 at Urban Gallery Ryerson took a few minutes to discuss her work.

Ryerson said that she has been showing her work all over North America, including the art Expo in New York, Milton's Art in the Park, Art San Diego and Toronto Art Expo.

Toronto born and bred Ryerson believes that the city is wonderful for photographers. "We have a very active and thriving photographic community here. We have a great community with great support. Toronto is the home of the Contact festival. You can't ask for more support than that."

She has been doing photography for a "very long time." Her start in really focusing on her art from a trip to Eygpt, where she slept out overnight in a tent. "I have no images from that night because I didn't know how to make the camera do what I needed it to do. That prompted me to go back to school after 30 some gap years."

From there she became very involved with the Toronto arts community and the Artist Network in 2015.

When asked about her photography heroes Ryerson said, "First and foremost, I would have to say Edward Burtynsky. His work has always been a huge influence."

Ryerson said that the Urban Gallery had been on her radar for some time adding that the timing for this show worked out perfectly. 
About Urban Gallery
Founded by Calvin Hambrook and partner and artist/curator Allen Shugar, Urban Gallery has maintained its mandate to provide a non-commission space, showcasing emerging and mid-career artists, sculptors and photographers. Urban Gallery was established in 2012 in historic Corktown on Queen Street East.
Monday to Friday NOON to 5 PM
Thursday NOON to 8 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM
Closed Sundays & Holidays
On Exhibition Reception days, URBAN GALLERY will open at the Reception start time
Thursday Receptions -open at 5 PM
Saturday Receptions -open at 2 PM

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