Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour

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Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour
Curated by: Patrick Macaulay

235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8
June 21st, 2012 - June 1st, 2013

Corktown / Distillery District / Harbour Front
(416) 973-5379
Tue, Thu-Sun 12-6; Wed 12-8


Massive outdoor photo art exhibition explores the complexities of Toronto’s shore

TORONTO, ON (*May 23, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the opening of our newest outdoor photographic exhibition, Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour, presented with the support of the Toronto Port Authority. Six of the nation’s most talented and exciting contemporary visual artists come together for an exhibition that opens to the public on June 21, 2012 and runs through June, 2013.

Extending from Humber Bay in the west to the Beaches in the east, Canada’s largest inland port has a long and storied history, and is developing a progressive future. Along the water’s edge industry, aviation and recreation are intertwined: sailboats and ferries transport people, ships navigate the Eastern Gap loaded with cargo, countless passengers are flown in and out of the city by airplane, cultural and recreational sites educate and entertain – all within a complex and protected natural environment.

Steel structures installed along Harbourfront Centre’s lakeside promenade in 2009 provide housing for 80 large-scale photographs, creating Canada’s biggest outdoor exhibition space. Thus far, the venue has played host to two exhibitions: Respect, which focused on Canada’s Boreal Forest; and Beyond Imaginings, which examined the richness of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Beginning in June, Uncharted Waters, curated by Patrick Macaulay, will explore Toronto’s unknown harbour from various perspectives.

Dianne Davis, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Jesse Louttit, Eamon Mac Mahon, Joanne Ratajczak and Clare Samuel represent the broadest range of photographic practice, and are leaders in their respective fields. Each artist brings a unique artistic approach to this rare pairing of visual arts and a complex national asset. Through an exploration of the people, places, industries, vessels and ecosystems along the harbour – to locations usually off-limits to the public – we discover the true value of this environmental and cultural resource. More info is available at