Gendai Gallery’s active members are about to retire. In this session, they share the gallery’s organizational history of experimenting with models of collectivity, and workshop your proposals for a takeover.

Founded in 2000, Gendai is a Toronto-based art organization that supports contemporary practices—primarily by East Asian artists and artists of colour. Since 2011 they have been mobile. Their history of experimentation with collective models and practice of reconfigurability, collaboration, and adaptability is reflected in recent projects involving film, modular furniture, publications, treehouse dinner parties, newspapers, screenings, haikus, neighbourhood survey actions, a lemonade stand, musical jingles, and collective readings.

On their way out, the members would like to draw on their history of generating alternative methodologies for existence in seeking new ways of succession-planning for the gallery. This opportunity for the next generation to adopt an existing organization with a critical legacy, is grounded in the experimental integrity of Gendai’s pedagogical framework that fosters collaboration and adaptation to current environments.

Event Note: A free shuttle bus to 259 Lake Shore Blvd E will leave from 100 McCaul Street at 1:15pm. RSVP at to secure your spot!

Requested Proposals for a Takeover

In 500 words, include:
– Who you are (individual or group)?
– What do you want to do?
– Why Gendai?
– Any experience working with arts organizations? (Not a pre-requisite)

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Send proposals to:

For more information, join us at the “What’s Up with Gendai?” event for an info session hosted by the retiring members of Gendai, where an overview of Gendai’s activities and a discussion of experimental models of collectivity will take place.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Co-Relations Program is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

Image Credit: Installation view of Gendai Mobile Feast, 2012. Tree house by CN Tower Liquidation. Photo by Haley Uyeda


259 Lake Shore Blvd East
259 Lake Shore Blvd East
Toronto ON
M5A 3T7

November 17


Gendai Gallery (based in Toronto, Canada) was founded in 2000, and supports contemporary practices primarily by East Asian artists and artists of colour. Gendai’s mandate is to cultivate dialogue through contemporary art, focusing on experimental collaborations through a multi-disciplinary program encompassing contemporary art, design, performing arts, literature and architecture.