About Prefix ICA

Founded in 1999, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is a public art gallery and arts publishing house based in Toronto. Its mandate is to foster the appreciation and understanding of contemporary photography, media and digital arts through exhibitions, publications and related activities.


Prefix ICA’s flagship operation, Prefix Photo magazine, was launched in May 2000 to immediate acclaim. It rapidly emerged as Canada’s foremost publication dedicated to contemporary photography, media and digital art.


In March 2003, Prefix acquired a permanent exhibition space in the heart of Toronto’s arts community at 401 Richmond West. Two galleries make up the exhibition space: one devoted to visual art and the other to audio art, the latter being the first of its kind in Canada. The galleries are buttressed by a public reference library that features the latest books and periodicals on photography, media and digital art from Canadian and international publishers.


Supported by an advisory council composed of many of Canada’s most esteemed authorities on contemporary photography and related arts, Prefix is a member of the Canadian Museums Association, Magazines Canada and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.