Exterior view of Mercer Union, Toronto. Courtesy Mercer Union
Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art, is an artist-run center dedicated to the existence of contemporary art. Mercer Union provides a forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international, conceptually, and aesthetically engaging art and related cultural practices. Primary concerns are pursued through critical activities that include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, publications, events, and special projects.
Established and incorporated in 1979, Mercer Union began as an artist-run center through the collective efforts of artists who believed in alternative art production and presentation. Throughout its thirty-year history, Mercer Union has maintained ambitious programming, exhibiting national and international artists, and presenting cultural professionals in both formative and established stages of their careers.