Wishing our neighbours 8eleven well as they conclude their 4 year programming run. In those few years 8eleven quickly became a hub for creativity and a welcoming community for artists, curators, friends, peers and more.
April 4 - April 22, 2018
Dear friends and colleagues,
After four years of programming, we are writing to announce that the gallery’s public program will conclude with our current exhibition, Soft Turns: PLANT/PIXEL which runs until April 22nd, 2018.
With the end of our lease, this feels like the right moment to embrace change. Affordable spaces in Toronto are increasingly difficult to maintain, and our gallery has not been shielded from this reality. As a primarily self-funded organization, we strove to exist between a commercial gallery and artist-run centre. We have operated with limited resources for the past four years and the time has come to acknowledge that this is not sustainable in the long term without a significant change to the collective-run model and non-hierarchical board structures to which we are committed to.
We are extremely proud of the programs and legacy that 8eleven has built. We especially want to acknowledge the founding members and all of our previous members that have contributed to this organization and allowed it to grow in the ways that it has. 8eleven has worked hard to give artists a space in which to experiment and take risks and from the outset we sought to be a space that challenged accepted gallery models, extending to our auxiliary programming as well as our gallery exhibitions, through a range of music events, readings, dance parties, and even schvitzes.
First and foremost we are extremely grateful to all the artists who have worked with us. We are also thankful for the support of various funding bodies along the way. Centrally, we are incredibly indebted to the rich community of artists, curators, friends, volunteers, writers, and peers who have supported us as friends and colleagues over the years, we thank you for your dedication, generosity, enthusiasm and camaraderie. Without you, the immense project of 8eleven would not have happened.
A big shout out to our colleague spaces that make up the vibrant Toronto arts landscape. To Bunker 2, Franz Kaka, Little Sister, Towards, YTB, Y+ Contemporary, and all other neighbours who continue to program wonderful projects that we are always excited to visit!
All our love,
8eleven (is forever).
Announcement taken from 8eleven's Instagram.