Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
About

About

CONTACT 2019 showcases an outstanding selection of Canadian and international lens-based artists. The Festival’s Core Exhibitions are comprised of collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centres as well as site-specific public art projects. These are cultivated through partnerships and commissions, and frame the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The Featured and Open Call Exhibitions present a range of works by local and international artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city. The Festival also includes a wide range of Programs including a book fair, a symposium, lectures, talks, panels, and workshops. CONTACT exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, with some exceptions at major museums.

Contact Us

CONTACT Office and Gallery
80 Spadina Ave, Suite 205
Toronto, ON  M5V2J4
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm though July 27, 2019
info@scotiabankcontactphoto.com
416 539 9595

The CONTACT Gallery is free and open to the public, providing year-round programming outside of the annual Festival in May. The gallery is wheelchair accessible at street level via the Spadina Ave entrance and by taking the elevator to the 2nd floor.

CONTACT acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, and the Huron-Wendat. This land is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and create here.

Press Inquiries

Bow Bridge Communications, LLC
240 West 102nd St, Suite 53, New York, NY 10025
bow-bridge.com

Libby Mark,  New York
917 968 5567

Heather Meltzer, Toronto
647 544 8441

Team

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Darcy Killeen

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Bonnie Rubenstein

PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Tara Smith

ARTISTIC PROJECT COORDINATOR
Benjamin Freedman

FESTIVAL COORDINATOR
Brian St. Denis

CURATORIAL ASSISTANT
sol Legault

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Lesia Miga

DESIGN
Small
Bartosz Gawdzik & Andrew Di Rosa
smallprojectstudio.com

COPY EDITING & WRITING
Shannon Anderson

PROOFREADING
Jen Cutts

COMMUNICATIONS & PR
Bow Bridge Communications LLC
bow-bridge.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Edward Burtynsky
Sarah Dinnick, Chair
Erin Iles
Olga Korper
Sally Lee
Elizabeth Levitt
Edward Marracco
Maia-Mari Sutnik

ADVISORY BOARD
Stephen Bulger
William Ewing
Sarah Milroy
Kenneth Montague
Penny Rubinoff
Lisa Steele

FOUNDERS
Darren Alexander
Linda Book
Stephen Bulger
Judith Tatar

The Gattuso Prize

Sophie Sabet, I Almost Didn’t Feel You Leave. Installation at the Bradley Museum, May 11-June 16, 2019. Photo: Darren Rigo. 

The Gattuso Prize of $5,000 acknowledges an outstanding Featured Exhibition in CONTACT. The jury, Maegan Broadhurst (curator, The Shell Projects) and Geneviève Wallen (independent curator and writer), based their decision on the conceptual and technical excellence of the work, as well as the curatorial vision.

“Against the backdrop of the Bradley Museum, I Almost Didn’t Feel You Leave complicates colonial narratives of the homestead by using the autobiographical to delve into experiences of migration and its affects on familial structures. Sophie Sabet uses domestic objects as signifiers of expectation, whether economic or social, and demonstrates a desire for the continuity of a past life, but also contemplates present possibilities and constraints.” – The Jury

CONTACT’s Featured Exhibitions, selected to be part of the Festival through a juried submission process, are independently organized by artists, venues, and organizations across the city.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the generous support and contributions of La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso. The Foundation demonstrates strong leadership and influences innovation across all charitable sectors in Canada including health care, culture and the arts.

Past Winners

2018
Shadi Harouni and Elise Rasmussen, With an instinct for justice, Doris McCarthy Gallery

2017
Sandra Brewster, It’s all a blur…, Georgia Scherman Projects

2016
Lee Henderson, Never Letting Us Take Breath, Zalucky Contemporary

2015
Jimmy Limit, Surplus, Clint Roenisch Gallery

2014
Nadia Belerique, Have You Seen This Man, Daniel Faria Gallery

2013
Marlene Creates, selected works from 30 years, 1982-2012, Paul Petro Contemporary Art

2012
Lise Beaudry, Sur la glace / Walking on Ice, Art Gallery Of Mississauga

2011
Andrew Wright, CORONAE, at Peak Gallery

The Burtynsky Grant

Teresa Eng, Junction, from China Dream

The 2019 Burtynsky Grant goes to Teresa Eng for her book project “China Dream”

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant in 2016—a $5,000 annual grant to support Canadian artists and photographers who are at the advanced stages of developing a photobook for publication.

The jury—Edward Burtynsky, Sarah Allen (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern), Maxine Proctor (Managing Editor, BlackFlash; director and co-founder, Toronto Art Book Fair) and Marcus Schubert (Director of Media, Publications & Exhibits, Burtynsky Studios)—considered many original and absorbing book projects from across Canada.

“Teresa Eng’s China Dream explores the fractured identities that second-generation diaspora experience as they straddle their birth country and their motherland. The jury was impressed by Eng’s striking, moody images, expertly sequenced to contrast memories of a place where she has never lived with a China in flux.”

The jury would like to acknowledge the following Honourable Mentions:

Valerian Mazataud, Liwa Mairin
Luis Mora, Say it With Flowers
Heather Rattray, 98 Ways to Say Very Good

Past Winners

2018 – Birthe Piontek, Abendlied / Honourable Mentions: Eve Tagny, Lost Love; Ian Willms, We Shall See
2017 – The Broadbent Sisters, A Telepathic Book
2016 – Aaron Friend Lettner, Doorways

Exhibition Submissions

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invites exhibition submissions annually between October and December. Please check back in mid-2019 for more information on how to submit to our juried and non-juried exhibition programs.

To qualify for submissions, all artists/organizers must have a confirmed exhibition venue in the Greater Toronto Area during May. A registration fee of $275 + HST applies to both programs.

Submissions are not accepted for CONTACT’s curated programming, including the CONTACT Gallery, Primary Exhibitions, and Public Installations.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.