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.

Artwork may be purchased by directly contacting the artist.


Clare Allin

Scum City

June 8 to July 21, 2019

Scum City is an eight piece—and growing—series which Clare has been working on for the past year.

The drawings explore the humanization of the animals that coexist with city livers.

Each drawing showcases an animal that lives within the city. Animals suck as raccoons and skunks, are placed in scummy city settings; alleyways with dumpsters and graffiti. The creatures also look scummy themselves. They have been put in clothing and show a more domesticated demeanour.

Clare uses any media that allows the image to work. Some of the drawings even have nail polish on them. However, the majority of the drawings consist of chalk pastel, charcoal and markers. All have detailing done by hand with thread.

About the Artist

Clare Allin lives and works in Toronto, she has been working on this series for over a year and has created eight pieces so far.

Clare started off by submitting to every group show she could find and every once in a while she got into one. Clare did group shows for a long time, and she still does.

This show at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre is her first solo show and the beginning of a new page of her art career.


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.

All slots in the 2019 schedule have been filled.  Now accepting submissions for 2020..

Artists interested in exhibiting in the space should first review the Framework for the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery.  Proposals are made by completing the 2020 Submission Form and sending it, along with photos of the artwork, to glenng@ralphthornton.org.


Upcoming Shows

Ferida Dilmaghani – Memories (July 27 to September 8, 2019)

Jaehuyn Han – Coexistence (September 14 to October 27, 2019)

Ami Xherro – La Isla De La Fantasia (November 2 to December 15, 2019)


Previous Exhibitions

Wendy Lu – The Transformation of Portraits, Landscapes & Technologies (January 19 to February 24, 2019)

Sheryl A. Keen – Daring to Defy the Status Quo of our Minds (March 2 to April 14, 2019)

Jeff Mann – DeTrOiTuS MaSks (April 20 to June 2, 2019)