VILLA TORONTO, presented by Raster in association with Art Metropole, brings local and international art galleries together in the Great Hall of Union Station. Accompanying this central exhibition, in cooperation with local art organizations, will be a series of special events throughout the city. The one-week program is free and open to the public.



Villa Toronto is the most recent in a series of international gallery meetings initiated by Raster. Previous editions took place in Warsaw (2006), Reykjavik (2010) and Tokyo (2011). The event is not an art fair. Rather, the villa project aims to use the curatorial experience of private galleries to create encounters with the general public and local art communities that are innovative, stimulating, and not merely market driven. The project recognizes the decisive role private galleries play in determining the field of contemporary art and the type of explorations that take place within it. Villa encourages the cross-cultural circulation of art, artists and cultural workers, and dedicates its resources and focus to facilitate such an exchange, throughout the project and in the years to come. In the central Toronto, this collaboration will come together in Union Station—a place with great potential to boost the artistic appreciation of Torontonians.

Project organized by Raster


In association with Art Metropole


Concept: Łukasz Gorczyca & Michał Kaczyński
Project Manager: Kamila Bondar
Project Coordinator: Stu Monck
Project Assistants: Meg Down, Shellie Zhang
Visual Identification: Jakub de Barbaro

Special thanks to
Ann and Marshall Webb and Corinn Gerber

Villa Toronto is co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, City of Warsaw, Toronto Arts Council and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto. In parthership with the Consulate General of France. Villa Toronto is also supported by Osmington Inc., British Council, Goethe Institut, Gallery Express, The Drake Hotel, Wondereur, SOCAN Foundation, Canadian Art, C Magazine.