About

Mandate

Xpace Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre dedicated to providing emerging and student artists, designers, curators and writers with opportunities to showcase their work in a professional setting. Xpace is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive, queer positive environment, welcoming marginalized, racialized and indigenous folks.

Xpace is supported by the OCAD Student Union.

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We wish to acknowledge this sacred land on which Xpace Cultural Centre operates. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. The territories include the Huron-Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations, and the Métis Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

 

Staff

Director
Emily Gove is a practicing artist, educator and programmer. Her work is inspired by subculture, folk art, craft, horror and kitsch, and often includes collaboration and community engagement. Emily has worked extensively with various communities including post-secondary students, emerging artists, children and youth, adults and seniors. She has an MFA in Studio Art and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

 
Programming Coordinator
As a curator and art historian, Geneviève Wallen is interested in issues of ethnocultural representational spaces in Canada. Wallen curated as well as co-curated a series of exhibitions in Montreal and Toronto such as Doomsday; A Survival Guide (2016), Exposed 2016; Solace, Scratching Where It’s Itching (2015), and There Is Always More Than What We Perceive (2015). Geneviève Wallen has also been a contributor for The New Gallery, and a number of independent publications. She is currently a board member at YTB (Younger Than Beyoncé) Gallery.
 
Programming Coordinator
Katie Kotler is an artist, writer and musician. Having completed her MFA at OCAD U in 2016, her work focuses on animation and installation, integrating abstract, non-narrative neon colours and geometric shapes into projections. She has recently exhibited work at the Luminato festival, the OCADU Student Gallery, Long Winter and completed a residency with Studio Beat.