Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery

Located in the Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s heritage south stairwell, the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery is a space for visitors to enjoy original art and for artists to showcase and sell their work.

The gallery is open during regular operating hours, 9 am to 9 pm, Monday through Sunday, and is free to enter.  The gallery may be accessed through either the second or third floor.

Wendy Lu

The Transformation of Portraits, Landscapes & Technologies

Group Portrait by Wendy Lu (acrylic on canvas)

January 12 to February 24, 2019

Wendy Lu’s artworks are visual thought experiments that explore and creatively expand on a wide range of concepts and references. Her artistic explorations attempt to creatively map out forms of non-normative experiences, spaces and possibilities.

For Wendy, the innovation of virtual reality is spatial presence as the sensation of being present in a place.  She aims to portray fluctuating real-time trends in social media to function in both reality and potential.

With a combination of inhabitants, habitats, urban architectures, and natural environments, as well as the connection between digital innovations and human values, Wendy’s art evokes a sense of reverence in viewers/participants toward our interactions and adaptations of technological structures within our collective society.

By showing prototypes as shape-shifting interactive devices that probe the development of human-technology interactions, virtual environments and interactions with the natural world, her art expresses future scenarios, wearable devices, sensor systems, data systems, and digital manipulations.


About the Artist 

Wendy Lu is a Hard of Hearing, Taiwan-born, Toronto-based multimedia artist and designer, who graduated with Specialized Honours from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.

Wendy lost her hearing as an infant due to meningitis-related fever, and throughout her life, she has undergone left-brain surgery, as well as three cochlear implant surgeries. Her severe-to-profound bilateral hearing loss affects both ears, and her cochlear implant technology affects her hearing and speech. Her visualizations attempt to depict analogues of perceptual difference involving drop-outs, disconnects and scrambling artifacts, based on her lived experience aurally negotiating and interpolating in communications with others.

Call For Submissions

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre is open to showcasing solo or group exhibitions of any medium.  Artwork is rotated every six weeks, offering slots for seven exhibitions throughout the year.

This is an open call.  Submissions are accepted until all available slots are filled.

There is currently space available in the 2019 schedule.

Artists interested in exhibiting in the space should first review the Framework for the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery.  Proposals are made by completing the Submission Form and sending it, along with photos of the artwork, to

Upcoming Shows

Sheryl Keen – What Do You Believe? (March 2 to April 14, 2019)

Jeff Mann – DETROITUS MASKS (April 20 to June 2, 2019)

Clare Allin – Scum City (June 8 to July 21, 2019)

Previous Exhibitions