May 3 – May 5

2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Road East
Mississauga ON
L5E 1E9


In Person  |  Walks

Join us at the Small Arms Inspection Building in Mississauga for a generative, safe gathering in connection with artist Derya Akay’s installation Queer Dowry. Through their cooking and care, Derya invites participants to come together after years apart, to share space for conversation, nourishment, and exchange.

Queer Dowry is a deeply personal exploration of Derya’s ancestry, geographic roots, and personal relationship to their family histories, queer histories therein, and heirlooms, especially textiles.

We encourage people with a connection to Peel to attend, and each event invites community members as follows:

May 3rd, 6–8pm, for queer and trans Muslims from/connected to Peel.
May 4th, 2–5pm for queer and trans folks from/connected to Peel.
May 5th, 6–8pm, for QTBIPOC (queer, trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour) folks from/connected to Peel.

Please contact or for any accessibility requests. If registration for an event is at capacity, please email to be added to the waitlist.

This program is co-created and co-presented with Muslim Pride Toronto and QTBIPOC sauga.

Image credit: Derya Akay, Queer Dowry: Sikma Gunu, May 3–5, 2022. Program held at Small Arms Inspection Building as part of Toronto Biennial of Art 2022. Photography: Rebecca Tisdelle-Macias.


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Derya Akay (born in 1988, Istanbul, Turkey; lives in Vancouver, Canada) is an artist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Selected recent exhibitions include Meydan, Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver (2021); Contact Traces, the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2021); The Neighbour’s Plate, Unit 17, Vancouver (2020); The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit, Lulu, Mexico City (2018); HERE, the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2017); with bread, Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River  (2017); and Pumice, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles (2017).


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