Since our inaugural exhibition in November 2009, Butcher Gallery has worked with a determined commitment to positioning Toronto's young artists' community within the broader international contemporary dialogue. Over the course of our four years in operation, we've held traditional solo and group exhibitions of local, international (Norway, France, United States), established and underrepresented artists, and hosted screenings, artist talks, online exhibitions, and performances that have been highly attended and positively acclaimed.
Butcher Gallery has always been in a living room: first in a walk-up apartment on Queen Street East, then in a detached bungalow in Parkdale. This atypical location has been integral to our curatorial vision; as artists ourselves, the way we work with our peers to produce special programming specific to our living space was always a creative collaboration. As these partnerships progressed, it became evident that a delegated space limited the possibilities of Butcher Gallery's programming. In the fall of 2012, we shed our white walls to pursue the third relocation of the gallery to site-specific outdoor locations, in turn inaugurating our ALL-TERRAIN exhibition series.