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Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery

The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery welcomes thousands of visitors annually. It was established in 1987 under the beneficent patronage of Toronto businessman, Joseph Carrier. Often referred to as “Toronto’s mini-Guggenheim,” the gallery has 21,000 square feet of exhibition space over three circular levels, topped by a giant skylight. The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery is situated in the Columbus Centre.

From the Renaissance brilliance of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, to their present-day contemporaries, art has been one of the great expressions of Italian culture, ideas and achievement.

Today that tradition lives on as we celebrate the artistic expressions of artists from across the country in our Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery.


The gallery features modern contemporary art in photography, painting, sculpture and design. Curators and volunteers conduct guided tours for more than 4,000 students every year. The gallery has displayed original work by international masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Piranesi, Picasso and others.

The gallery maintains a significant permanent collection of contemporary works of art.

The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery places strong emphasis on work by emerging, mid-career and senior Canadian artists of Italian heritage. We also promote cross-cultural, intergenerational understanding and appreciation, through socially relevant specific exhibitions. The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery also hosts the traditional Presepe-Nativity Exhibition organized by Centro Scuola every year in December.

Please make a donation to support the gallery. Tax receipts will be available. For inquiries and further information please contact us at 416-789-7011 Ext. 248

Plan Your Visit

10:00am to 5:00pm

Admission is always free to the public. We are wheelchair accessible.

Private Bookings and Tours

For further information about private bookings and tours, please contact 416-789-7011 ext. 248 or cultural@villacharities.com


Are you an artist looking for community space to showcase your work? The Lobby Walls of the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery can be rented by artists for personal or collective exhibitions. Please contact 416-789-7011 ext. 248 or cultural@villacharities.com for more info on the selection process.

Stay Engaged with Villa Charities

Although our on-site programming and facilities are temporarily closed, we want everyone in the Villa Charities community to feel supported, connected and engaged, as we stay home and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will be sharing a variety of online and digital content so you can continue experiencing Italian culture and heritage while enjoying our programs and services from home!

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