Koffler Centre of the Arts

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Image: Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Never Never Land (Koffler Gallery installation detail), 2019. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that explores critical ideas and concerns of our time through exhibitions, publications, performances, literary events and digital initiatives. We examine complex issues through transformative art experiences that stimulate intercultural dialogue and position Jewish identity in conversation with diverse perspectives and global voices.

Featuring a year-round program of exhibitions, publications, public programs and educational initiatives, the Koffler Gallery fosters new production while equally aiming to expand the visibility of existing work by Canadian and international artists. The program positions the contemporary Jewish experience in a context of comparative discussions of identity, memory and place.
Committed to nurturing and promoting Canadian artists, the Koffler Gallery provides a stimulating and supportive environment for the creation of new work, the promotion of current artistic practices, and the exchange of ideas across disciplines. Programs aim for the highest artistic standards while being accessible and engaging for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. As a Jewish organization, the Koffler Gallery promotes ideals of social justice, equality and inclusiveness, affirming the power of art to provide common ground and activate social change.

Address: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., # 104-105, Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5
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Related Events


Books & Ideas: Dr. Ann Heberlein with Ken Krimstein

February 17, 2021

In an utterly unique approach to biography, On Love and Tyranny traces the life and work of the iconic German Jewish intellectual Hannah Arendt, whose political philosophy and understandings of evil, totalitarianism, love, and exile prove essential amid the rise of the refugee crisis and authoritarian regimes around the world.


Postmemory of Genocide: Land, Inheritance, and Artistic Response

December 19, 2020

-December 20, 2020

We will explore how our geographical and cultural differences inform our peoples’ practices and responses, and question how we can bring each other value and the inherent artistic possibilities within these conversations.


Panel Discussion: History in Remaking

November 11, 2020

Featuring four artists who engage with elements of fiction to address buried truths – Ivana Dizdar, Rosalie Favell and Anique Jordan, in conversation with moderator Madelyne Beckles.


In Conversation: Carol Sawyer & Michelle Jacques

November 2, 2020

A conversation between multidisciplinary artist Carol Sawyer and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Michelle Jacques.


The 2020 Vine Awards’ Shortlisted History Writers Panel

November 12, 2020

Celebrating the 2020 Vine Awards shortlisted history writers – Zelda Abramson, Matti Friedman, John Lynch, and Heidi J.S. Tworek – in conversation with juror Allan Levine.


The 2020 Vine Awards Shortlisted Non-Fiction Writers Panel

November 10, 2020

Featuring the 2020 Vine Awards shortlisted non-fiction writers – Naomi K. Lewis, Ayelet Tsabari, and Diana Wichtel – in conversation with juror Judy Batalion.


2020 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature

November 18, 2020

A national awards program that honours both the best Canadian Jewish writers and non-Jewish Canadian authors who deal with Jewish subjects in Fiction, History, Non-Fiction, Young Adult/Children’s literature, and Poetry.


In Conversation with Catherine Bush & Saleema Nawaz

November 30, 2020

Bestselling author Catherine Bush speaks with Saleema Nawaz and reflects on human connectivity amidst world-changing events.


In Conversation with Shani Mootoo & Jane Urquhart

November 5, 2020

Four-time Giller Prize-nominated writer and visual artist Shani Mootoo will appear in an online conversation with another of Canada’s best-loved writers, Jane Urquhart.


In Conversation with Michael W. Twitty

October 26, 2020

The Koffler presents an online conversation with African-American, Jewish food writer, culinary and cultural historian and educator Michael W. Twitty.


Pocket Change Collective 3: Amyra León & Hannah Testa

October 21, 2020

Online conversations with the writers of Penguin Teen Canada’s Pocket Change Collective, a series of small books with big ideas by today’s leading youth activists and artists.


Pocket Change Collective 2: Kimberly Drew & Xiuhtezcatl Martinez with Whitney French

October 6, 2020

In This is What I Know About Art, arts writer and co-editor of Black Futures Kimberly Drew shows us that art and protest are inextricably linked.


Pocket Change Collective 1: Adam Eli and Alok Vaid-Menon with Seth Day

September 29, 2020

In The New Queer Conscience, Voices4 Founder and LGBTQIA+ activist Adam Eli offers a candid and compassionate introduction to queer responsibility.


Koffler Couture 2020

December 2, 2020

-December 6, 2020

Koffler Couture returns with The Curated Collection, featuring a smaller, curated collection of designer handbags, wallets and scarves in an online auction.


Thirty Works

September 1, 2020

-September 15, 2020

An online art sale and fundraiser featuring 30 artworks by 32 artists who have been engaged with the Koffler Gallery and its audiences.

Related Exhibitions


Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

September 23, 2020

-November 15, 2020

Vancouver artist Carol Sawyer assembles a fiction as truthfully as possible to tell a needed story.


A Matter of Taste

August 18, 2020

-November 30, 2020

A Koffler Digital exhibition that uses food, and the cultures that surround it, to examine our relationships to one another, society and the world at large.


Still Lives: Visual Diaries

July 6, 2020

-September 30, 2020

In collaboration with the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Youth Leaders from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital took part in a unique photography project during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Self-Loving Jew

July 4, 2016

-July 5, 2021

Self-Loving Jew by Jonathan Rotsztain is a series of autobiographical comics claiming a secular, cultural Jewish identity on Koffler Digital.


Eleventh House

April 13, 2020

-May 3, 2021

Eleventh House is a Koffler Digital project exploring the rituals of astrology reading and horoscope writing.



November 4, 2019

-April 29, 2022

Thresholds is a new Koffler.Digital podcast hosted and produced by Maya Bedward in collaboration with members of Holland Bloorview’s Youth Advisory Council. 
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