Propeller Art Gallery's Equity & Mission Statement
Propeller Art Gallery recognizes the dignity and worth of all people by equitably treating everyone, consulting the communities in which we are embedded, and making sure all voices can be heard. Propeller values the contributions made by all its members and audiences. We recognize the barriers of discrimination and disadvantage faced by human rights protected groups, and seek to create an environment of equality for all people regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, disability, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, same sex partnership, age, marital status, family status, immigrant status, receipt of public assistance, political affiliation, religious affiliation, level of literacy, language and/or socio-economic status.
Propeller recognizes the unique status and cultural diversity of Indigenous communities and their right to self-determination. The gallery acknowledges this land as the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
Artists empowering Artists
Propeller Art Gallery is a member-run gallery supporting innovative, sustainable programming, and providing community building, networking, and partnership opportunities. Propeller garners critical acclaim and engages public interest by supporting the creative, curatorial, and commercial endeavours of artists.
HISTORY: 1996 — 2020
Propeller Art Gallery is the last-remaining artist-run gallery in the Queen Street West district. Since 1996, it has thrived as an independently funded space: innovative and self-sustainable.
Founded in 1996 by a group of OCAD recent graduates, Propeller was conceived as a centre where artists could support one another as a community; providing emerging artists with opportunities to display their work and a venue to enter the local market.
Currently located at 30 Abell Street, the gallery was originally located at 96 Spadina Ave. (1996 — 2001) and 984 Queen Street West (2001 — 2013).
Propeller is a membership/ artist cooperative functioning outside of operating grant systems and without private support. The gallery’s operations are sustained through annual membership fees, fundraising, and gallery rentals.
The gallery’s programming is membership driven, often involving community collaborations. Such collaborations include: CAMH, Workman Arts, Zoomer Media, One Hour Empire Magazine, InterAccess and Twist Gallery.
A programming highlight is the Annual Curator’s Show- past curators have included: Rae Johnson, Stuart Reid, David Liss, Pam Patterson, David Rokeby, Olga Korper, Gary Michael Dault, Moses Znaimer, Christopher Hume, John Kissick, Thom Sokoloski and Michelle Jacques.
Propeller has hosted a diverse range of experimental programming including The Vector Festival; a festival dedicated to the creative exploration of video games as an artistic medium of expression. The centre also functions as a hub for experimental video and film, comedy and story-telling evenings, a space for local theatrical productions and offers opportunity for other collectives and cooperatives to show.
As one of the earliest galleries to lay its roots in the burgeoning Gallery District, Propeller is excited to continue to expand its innovative programming as it remains an integral part of the neighbourhood art scene over two decades after its inception.