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Art Hut

1181 Queen Street W., Toronto, ON
Queen Street West, you’ve changed! The Gladstone Hotel is embracing this ongoing change with an innovative project that will transform a temporarily empty property across the street into an art gallery and incubator for up-and-coming Toronto artists.
The Gladstone Hotel Art Hut is a six month pop-up project initiative to animate the currently empty property  at 1181 Queen Street West (directly across the street from the hotel) with artistic programming including exhibitions, installations, artist residencies and mini art markets. The project hopes to spark conversations about the history while imagining the future of this site and others like it in our city—imbued with largely forgotten memories and on the cusp of transformation.

The land the Art Hut is situated on land that was once home to a large Indigenous community (pre 1830’s) before it became the location of the Parkdale train station (1850’s -1970’s) and then a centre of commerce/strip mall.  Other more transient uses of the site have included  a rail yard, a small factory, a mobile soup kitchen, a florist and a parking lot. In only 6 months, the empty storefront property will become a condo sales centre, and eventually a multi-story condominium will be erected. Until then, it will act as an extension of the Gladstone Hotel’s many experimental art-activated social spaces, facilitating new ideas, creative expression, collaboration, and new ways of experiencing art, culture and community.  

Through this project, the Gladstone Hotel invites artists, collectives and organizations to explore how urban spaces are claimed and re-claimed and examine themes of temporality and transience. What do we imagine and hope will happen here in future and how do we build community in a post-gentrified neighbourhood?

Learn more about Art Hut’s miraculous transformation here.


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Art Hut Neon Lights by Suanne McGregor
(pictured above)



Transcending Light by Roxanne Luchak
Curbside Mosaics by Michael Comeau
October 29 – Nov 14
Make/Shift by the Culture and Heritage Management Collective Class, Centennial College
Nov 24 – Dec 4
First Gentrification by Justin De Lima
Dec 6 – 18
March of Progress, a Chris Foster residency
Dec 19 – Jan 2
Projected Futures by Videomancy: Vanessa B Rieger + Brandon A. Dalmer
Jan 3 – 9
Jan 30 – Feb 12

Interested in presenting a project, participating in a residency or being a vendor at our mini art markets? We would love to hear from you. Please contact to find out how you can get involved in the Art Hut experience!

Art Hut