Prefix ICA » About Prefix ICA

About Prefix ICA
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is a public art gallery and arts publishing house based in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 1999 by Scott McLeod in consultation with a national advisory council, the institution fosters the appreciation and understanding of contemporary photographic, media and digital arts through exhibitions, publications, public programmes and related activities.

Governing Body
Board of Directors

Shawn Micallef

Vice President
Warren Crichlow

Fidel Peña

Honorary Legal Counsel
Sheldon Inkol, Blaney McMurtry LLP

Advisory Council
France Choinière
Eshrat Erfanian
Monika Kin Gagnon
Shirley Madill
Janine Marchessault
Elizabeth Matheson
Robin Metcalfe
Kathleen Ritter
Sarah Robayo Sheridan
Dot Tuer
Keith Wallace

Curatorial Council
Iara Boubnova
Fulya Erdemci
Magda Gonzalez-Mora
Paul Goodwin
Kenneth Hayes
Vid Ingelevics
Cuauhtémoc Medina
José Roca
Kim Tomczak

Staff and Contacts

Prefix ICA

Director, Acting
Scott McLeod

Betty Julian

Programmers, Urban Field Speakers Series
Scott McLeod
Gerald McMaster

Prize Coordinator
Gwyneth Dalzell

Installation Technician
Ryan Legassicke


Scott McLeod

Art Director
Underline Studio

Production Designer
Stephanie Mina Kim

Copy Editor
Agatha Cinader

Proofreader and Fact Checker
Jill Glessing

For general inquiries, please contact

Location and Hours
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, Ontario
Canada  M5V 3A8

T  416-591-0357

Prefix ICA is located in a historic industrial building near the southeast corner of Richmond Street West and Spadina Avenue. It can easily be reached by public transportation. A paid parking lot is available for cars on the north side of Richmond Street West. Bicycles may be parked at the main entrance to the building. Prefix ICA’s facility is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free.

Hours of Operation

Office hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5:00 PM, or by appointment

Facilities and Equipment Rentals

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art offers a beautiful facility that blends historic brick-and-beam construction with modern design. Perfect for all of your public and private event needs: symposia, conferences, meetings, weddings, parties, receptions. Prefix also offers a wide variety of audio-visual equipment, including video projectors, flatscreen monitors and other technical support.

For bookings, queries or to arrange a site visit, please contact 416-591-0357 or


As a non-profit organization and registered charity, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art relies heavily on the generosity of supporters. Your donation allows Prefix ICA to continue to provide quality exhibitions, publications, public programmes and related activities to a wide and diverse audience. All donations are tax-deductible. Charitable tax receipts are issued in February of each year.


Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art gratefully acknowledges the assistance of its staff, volunteers, patrons, sponsors and donors, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

For the construction and renovation of its facility in 2003–04, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Team Project, Urbanspace Property Group and private donors.

Press Releases

Current Press Releases

Lara Almarcegui: Guide to the Leslie Street Spit
Karen Zalamea: The Prefix Prize

Past Press Releases

  • 2021

Lyla Rye: Mirage
Prefix ICA Announces the Second Prefix Prize
Chris Myhr: The Prefix Prize
Movers and Makers

  • 2020

Prefix ICA Introduces the Prefix Prize
Welcome Back
COVID-19 Update
Prefix ICA and COVID-19
Amar Kanwar: Such a Morning

  • 2019

Nadia Myre: Listen, speak and sing
Taysir Batniji: Suspended Time | Extension Announcement
Taysir Batniji: Suspended Time
Deimantas Narkevičius: 20 July, 2015

  • 2018

On Being Illiberal
Tatzu Nishi: Life’s Little Worries of Sir Adam Beck
Tatzu Nishi: Life’s Little Worries of Sir Adam Beck Full Press Kit
Movers and Shakers

  • 2017

Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics: The Labour of Commemoration_Monograph 1.1
Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics: The Labour of Commemoration
Michael Snow: Newfoundlandings
Gunilla Josephson: Houses and Whispers

  • 2016

Renée Green: Facing
Rodney Graham: Jack of All Trades
Susanne Kriemann: Pechblende (prologue)

  • 2015

Charles Stankievech: The Soniferous Æther of the Land Beyond
the Land Beyond

Yto Barrada: Beaux Gestes
Myriam Yates: Racetrack Superstar Ghost

  • 2014

Los Carpinteros: Pellejo
Steve Payne: False Fronts
Sylvia Safdie: The Absent Present

  • 2013

Trade Marks
The World Over
Eugenio Dittborn: The Museum of Means and Ends

  • 2012

Andreas Fogarasi: 2018
Pascal Grandmaison: Half of the Darkness
Uriel Orlow: The Short and the Long of It

  • 2011

Susan Hiller: The Last Silent Movie
David Lamelas: Time as Activity (Buenos Aires)
Marie-Jeanne Musiol: Black Holes
Rabih Mroué: The Inhabitants of Image

  • 2010

To Be Real
Zineb Sedira: MiddleSea
Guido van der Werve: The King’s Gambit

  • 2009

Willie Doherty: Passages
Christian Giroux and Daniel Young: Every Building in the City of Toronto
Harun Farocki: One Image Doesn’t Take the Place of the Previous One
Patrick Bernatchez: The Chrysalides Trilogy

  • 2008

Laurent Grasso: Projection
Andrew Wright: Survey
Rosângela Rennó: The Last Photograph
Bettina Hoffmann: Décalage
Oscar Muñoz: Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial

  • 2007

Donald Swearingen: Salvation at 1 AM
Sales Performance
Middendorf and Schimanski: 25sec.-Toronto
Spring Hurlbut: Deuil
Lida Abdul: War Games
Robert Bean: Metamorphosis

  • 2006

Finnbogi Pétursson: Sphere
Maia Urstad: Sound Barrier
Dawit Petros: Remix
Annika Larsson: Power Plays
Chris Marker: The Hollow Men

  • 2005

Exhibit A: Photography from Atlantic Canada
Isabelle Hayeur: Verge
Damage Done
Lorna Simpson: 31
Runa Islam: Scale (1/16 Inch = 1 Foot)

  • 2004

Walid Raad: The Truth Will Be Known When the Last Witness Is Dead: Documents from the Fakhouri File in the Atlas Group Archive
Peter Kingstone: One a Day
Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 West Hastings
Yael Bartana: Trembling Time
Wang Qingsong: Present-Day Epics

  • 2003

Steve Payne: Motels
Susan Kealey: Ordinary Marvel
David Small: The Illuminated Manuscript

For additional press inquiries, please contact the Operations Manager at 416-591-0357 or

Join our e-mail list
To receive e-mail announcements about upcoming programs and events, please subscribe to our newsletter.