The Gladstone Hotel’s art programming focuses on local and international emerging talent in the contemporary space. Allowing artists to take risks and supporting innovative projects has given the Gladstone the reputation of being an incubator for some of Canada’s most celebrated multi-disciplinary artists.
The mandate for our programming is driven by the vision our Chief Alchemist (and Hotel President) Christina Zeidler who is an accomplished film and video artist in her own right and is inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs’ assertion that ‘Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings’. We produce exhibitions, partner with relevant local cultural producers and provide presentation space to artists, cultural and community organizations to host a long list of exhibitions, literary projects, performances and social change events relevant to communities across our culturally diverse city.
Beyond our Heritage Building
The Gladstone is actively engaged in promoting Toronto’s creative community and protecting and preserving the creative community’s place in a neighbourhood and city that is becoming increasingly gentrified. We are proud to have incubated many innovative programs which have expanded across our city such as Toronto Design Offsite Festival and YIMBY. We also produce pop-up projects and participate in and support off-site projects and cultural events that promote and showcase Toronto artists such as our Art Hut pop-up, In Future, Queen West Arts Crawl, Art Toronto, Toronto Burlesque Festival, The Artist Project, Sunday Drive Art Project and many other cultural events in Toronto.