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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, the Italian community’s gift to multicultural Toronto. Our permanent collection comprises of over 200 pieces, while guest exhibits rotate on a monthly basis. Arrangements can be made for private viewings outside of regular hours.

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.

Our spacious gallery is also an exceptional venue for hosting events of all sizes. Whether it is a corporate event, birthday, Christmas party, or private concert, the gallery’s natural acoustics and artistic surrounds makes for an unparalleled event space. Fully licensed with on-site catering prepared from our premier kitchens, our gallery makes your event planning a seamless experience.


We offer a variety of art programs for adults and children. The classes are taught by instructor Sam Paonessa.


The Gallery features contemporary art in photography, painting, sculpture, and design. Curators and volunteers conduct guided tours for more than 4,000 students every year. Exhibition highlights include Ken Danby’s exhibition, which attracted 10,000 visitors and set a Canadian record for sale of new work, Anthony Quinn, Benetton’s Oliviero Toscani and First Nations artists of Manitoulin Island.

The Gallery has displayed original work by Leonardo Da Vinci, Piranesi, Picasso and other historical masters. In 2000, we held the official millennium exhibition for the City of Toronto entitled Toronto’s Own: Celebrating People in Art and Artifacts.

The Gallery maintains a growing, permanent collection of 200 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 understanding and appreciation, through culturally specific exhibitions. We have received artists and their work from many countries, including Japan, Russia, Italy, Holland, Austria, United States, Korea, China, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Iran and Israel.

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

Click to view or download our Spring & Summer 2019 Program Guide