Welcome to CONTACT 2018
Welcome to Toronto’s 22nd edition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. We invite you to experience the Festival by attending the launch party at the Ryerson Image Centre and some of the 200 exhibitions openings and events during the month of May. Learn about photography through our lectures, panels, workshops, and symposium; read and reference the catalogue; and get lost in the city exploring art. Through collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centres, we are proud to present an outstanding range of photographic and lens-based work in a series of public installations and primary exhibitions across the city.
As our Festival continues to expand its scope, we are introducing a number of new exhibition sites and public art commissions this year. We are also excited to present the inaugural CONTACT Photobook Fair with local and international publishers and photographers. CONTACT continues to foster the careers of artists through the annual Burtynsky Grant, which supports the creation of a photobook; The Gattuso Prize for an outstanding featured exhibition in the Festival; and The Exhibition Award, which provides an emerging artist with a solo show in the CONTACT Gallery. In addition to the annual Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition, we are thrilled to present the inaugural New Generation Photography Award group show.
We are very grateful to our title sponsor Scotiabank and major sponsors Nikon and PATTISON for their active engagement in the arts over the years and who continue to support the growth and success of the Festival. Provincial and federal funding from Celebrate Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council is gratefully acknowledged for providing tremendous assistance to present new and innovative projects annually. Our sincere appreciation goes to our many funders and sponsors, as well as to a number of spirited individuals whose donations have been critical, and to our dedicated staff, board of directors, and volunteers.
The success of CONTACT 2018 is due to the excellent curatorial work across all institutions and, especially to all of the participating artists—from leading practitioners to emerging talent, these individuals make the Festival what it is, and their vision and commitment is what we celebrate this May. We endeavour to expand the artistic practices of all involved while broadening audience engagement with visual arts locally and internationally. We are proud to have played a key role in making Toronto an important international centre of photography.
We hope you enjoy CONTACT 2018, and we look forward to your continued support and attendance.