GALLERY exhibitions

Current and upcoming exhibitions at the Riverdale Hub Gallery


Parth Upadhye: Vibrant Calm

Parth Upadhye is a Toronto-based artist. His approach is one of introspection and the ethos of his work is “vibrant calm.” Fascinated by stories people have been telling each other for centuries, he reinvents these narratives. His intent is to extend both the creative and appreciative processes. His works do not mimic nature or existing human outputs. They are deliberately created to encourage the viewer to meditate on lines, shapes and colors.

Image: Parth Upadhye, Vibrant Calm X, oil on canvas


Gillian Toliver: Stitching You Into the Seams

April 1 – June 30, 2021
Social Gardener Café

Gillian Toliver is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Toronto. As an artist of mixed Scottish and Caribbean descent, her work often explores spaces existing in an in-between, a world caught in a moment of creation. In an honouring and opening of self, her work is a reaction to the absurdity, multiplicity and fluidity of being. Utilizing practices of labour, repetition and ritual, she navigates the condition of body and mind from systematic censorship through creating new forms in which to pour and bind self to. The creation of these new ‘host’ bodies is used in an act of reclaiming physical and mental environments.

Image: Gillian Toliver, To Gather, Hold and Collect Self, graphite on paper, 2021

this house, made and mended by unbelonging hands

April 1 – June 30, 2021
First Floor Gallery

Curated by Riverdale Curatorial Projects

this house, made and mended by unbelonging hands is a group exhibition of contemporary craft and zine works by emerging queer artists. Throughout history, queer people, and especially queer people of colour, have had to make their own spaces, their own communities, and their own systems of documenting their histories. this house, made and mended by unbelonging hands showcases artists whose work takes on expansive approaches to craft practices and speaks to this legacy of queer-spacemaking, kinship, and continual resistance across time. Dayna Danger, Akash Inbakumar, Kaythi, Vincy Lim, Yahn Nemirovsky, and Cleopatria Peterson present works that engage the longstanding tradition of queer craft as something that connects us to past and future queer ancestors.

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Riverdale Curatorial Projects is a curatorial collective led by emerging curators Dallas Fellini and Karina Iskandarsjah.

Image: Cleopatria Peterson, Binder Zines, pattern paper, red thread, personal photo, ink


kaya joan

July 2 – August 31, 2021
Social Gardener Café

kaya joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous artist living in T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. kaya’s work is centred in healing practices, transcending linear notions of time, blood memory and relationship to place. Rooting themself in frameworks of Black and Indigenous futuritist pedagogy, kaya engages with methods of making that operate as ancestral tools to unpack and transform buried truths, opening portals 7 generations into the past and future. kaya has also been working as a community arts facilitator for the past 6 years, and are a member of the Milkweed Collective. kaya graduated from OCADU’s Indigenous Visual Art’s program in 2020, and was the recipient of the INVC medal, Nora E. Vaughan Award and Akin Studio’s Career Launcher grant.

Image: kaya joan, reside deeply with me dear, acrylic, ink, collage on wood panel, 2018

Book an appointment to visit the exhibition.

Riverdale Curatorial Projects is a curatorial collective led by emerging curators Dallas Fellini and Karina Iskandarsjah.