ARTbus: Exhibition Tour


ARTbus: Exhibition Tour

    Saturday 25 September 2021, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Pick-up and drop-off at Gallery TPW
$10 donation includes transportation to all galleries and afternoon refreshments

Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the season's best exhibitions in the GTA! Visit
Gallery TPW, the Art Gallery of York University, and Oakville Galleries.

We kindly ask that passengers on the ARTbus follow the health and safety policies of each gallery. York University requires all visitors to its campus, including the AGYU, to be vaccinated. For more information about the AGYU's protocols around COVID-19, please visit: Before entering Oakville Galleries, visitors must complete a health screening questionnaire.

This event is generously supported by our Public Programs Partner Chubb.


Our fall ARTbus begins at Gallery TPW with the group exhibition We Buy Gold curated by Michèle Pearson Clarke. In bringing together primarily emerging LGBTQ+ artists living and working in Canada, the exhibition foregrounds the perspectives of younger queer generations. Largely using various forms of portraiture, but also still life and sculptural elements, these artists are concerned less with representing queerness and more with performing, challenging, and interrogating it. Collectively, their images lay bare both the frictions and intimacies of working between community and self to bring the value of their experiences into view.

We Buy Gold is presented in partnership with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


Next, the ARTbus will visit Jess Dobkin's Wetrospective curated by Emelie Chhangur at the Art Gallery of York University. In the first-ever retrospective exhibition of Toronto's performance art matriarch Jess Dobkin. Internationally acclaimed artist Jess Dobkin, who splashed Toronto with projects including The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar (2006–2016), The Artist-Run Newsstand at Chester Subway Station (2015–2016) and The Artists' Soup Kitchen (2012), welcomes the public to the re-opening of the AGYU. With her Wetrospective, Dobkin invites us into 25 years of her playful and provocative practice with animated “litrine vitrines" (portable toilets) and a custom-designed augmented reality app. The exhibition is curated by award-winning, nationally celebrated curator Emelie Chhangur, Director and Curator of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario.


Lastly, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square and in Gairloch Gardens, the ARTbus will visit the opening of Two Truths and a Lie. “Two Truths and a Lie" is an icebreaker game that involves stating three possible propositions about oneself: two that are true and one that is false. Through deception, deduction, and disclosure, the players become better acquainted with one another. The works included in this group exhibition speak to the complex interactions within the pursuit of truth—personal, visual, or social. Exploring these processes as ways of knowing, the exhibition highlights the different ways in which narratives come into being. The exhibition builds on the conceit of the game, featuring artists who are concerned with self-presentation, narratology, and language. Through diverse techniques and mediums, these artists participate in the confessional as much as they slip into the hidden and fictional. Within these layers of thought, the artists also probe at assumptions and broaden the limits of understanding, guiding us towards more expansive ways of seeing and being in relation.

Two Truths and a Lie is drawn primarily from the permanent collection of Oakville Galleries.



12:00 pm: Gallery TPW. Visit We Buy Gold.

1:20 pm: Art Gallery of York University. Visit Jess Dobkin's Wetrospective.

2:45 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit Two Truths and a Lie.

3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Opening of Two Truths and a Lie.

5:00 pm: Drop-off at Gallery TPW.


Gallery TPW
170 St. Helens Avenue, Toronto

Art Gallery of York University
Accolade East Building, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto

Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square: 120 Navy Street, Oakville
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Images (left to right): Installation view of We Buy Gold at Gallery TPW. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid; Jess Dobkin's performance Mirror Ball, 2008; Colin Campbell, True/False (video still), 1972. Collection of Oakville Galleries, purchased with the support of the Oakville Galleries Volunteer Association, 1992.