The Artists’ Network is pleased to announce that a permanent home has been secured at 1158 Queen Street East, otherwise known as Leslie Grove Field House. Located on the corner of Jones and Queen Street East, in Leslie Grove Park, we are very excited and relieved to be able to stay in the area. Our new home will enable us to continue to host exhibitions and education seminars, as well as function as our administrative offices. In addition, we will have the opportunity to work together with the Leslieville and Riverside communities, providing mentoring and community events.
As many of you know, we have moved 3 times in the last five years and were faced with an unaffordable market in the east end. It took extraordinary effort and vision to ensure that Artists’ Network remained in the East End. We are thankful to Councillor Paula Fletcher, her assistant Susan Serran, the City of Toronto and to all of the City employees that were instrumental in making this happen.
The Leslie Grove Field House is currently undergoing renovations and is being transformed into our new office and art gallery. As we currently have an exhibition at the current Artists’ Network Gallery, we will be moving at the end of September.
We are very grateful to Councillor Paula Fletcher who worked very hard to help Artists’ Network remain as a valuable part of the Riverside and Leslieville community. Over the past year, Councillor Fletcher, uncovered suitable underutilized city properties, and introduced a Motion to Council to grant a lease to Artists’ Network as well as funding for renovations.
The Artists’ Network is also thankful to Streetcar Developments, who provided the organization with wonderful space for more than two years. The Streetcar Gallery allowed the organization to host many group and solo shows, and Artists’ Network will continue to provide unique display opportunities for members and other arts groups.
In closing, I personally want to thank Carolyn Laidley-Arn, artist and board member, who has dedicated her expertise as a commercial real estate broker and a substantial amount to of time to make this happen.
Looking forward to our future journey, including a rockin’ open house! Stay tuned for details.
Chair, Artists’ Network