As a public art gallery, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art exhibits the work of emerging and established Canadian and international artists in three distinct galleries. Its main gallery features solo and group exhibitions of contemporary photographic, media and digital arts, while sound works are presented in its audio art gallery and site-specific installations in its surround gallery, the latter a ten-metre-long glass enclosure that surrounds the main entrance of the facility.
Developed by staff and guest curators, this year-round programme consists of three-to-five exhibitions in the main gallery, eight exhibitions in the audio art gallery and one installation in the surround gallery. Selected exhibitions travel regionally, nationally and internationally.
Since the launch of its galleries in 2003, Prefix ICA has been consistently lauded for the outstanding quality of its exhibition programme, having received more than twenty awards from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for its exhibitions, installations, and publications, as well as the art direction for its print promotions.
Houses and Whispers
February 16 to April 22, 2017
October 6 to November 26, 2016
Jack of All Trades
May 12 to July 30, 2016
February 4 to March 26, 2016
The Soniferous Æther of the Land Beyond
the Land Beyond
October 2 to November 21, 2015
May 7 to July 25, 2015
Racetrack Superstar Ghost
February 5 to March 28, 2015
October 2 to November 22, 2014
May 8 to July 26, 2014
Prefix ICA presents sound works in its Audio Art Gallery, a specialized gallery devoted to audio art, one of the first of its kind in the world. The Audio Art Gallery is specifically designed and exclusively dedicated to the presentation of sound art in all of its manifestations, from experimental, electroacoustic and radiophonic works to improvised, found sound and spoken word. With soundproof walls, acoustical panels and a state-of-the-art sound system, the Audio Art Gallery provides an ideal environment for deep listening.
Prefix ICA commissions the creation of original site-specific installations for exhibition in its surround gallery, a ten-metre-long glass enclosure the surrounds the main entrance to the facility. Beginning in 2016 and continuing on an annual basis, the exhibitions will typically employ media such as digital-imaging transfers, vinyl, paint, ink or other direct applications to the wall or glass.
Prefix ICA presents traveling exhibitions of the work of Canadian and international artists. In so doing, it promotes cultural exchange and institutional collaboration regionally, nationally and and internationally. Past traveling exhibitions have featured the work of Edward Burtynsky, Chris Marker and Oscar Muñoz, among others.