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Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto

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The RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE (RIC) exists for the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. We are an active partner within the academic fabric of Ryerson University, the cultural network of greater Toronto, and the national and international artistic community. We develop rigorous yet inclusive programs for students, faculty, artists, researchers and curators, as well as the general public.

The RIC boasts three interrelated areas of activity. Our exhibition program addresses topics of social, cultural, aesthetic and historical concern from a variety of contemporary perspectives. Our Peter Higdon Research Centre conducts and facilitates inquiry into primary resource materials and offers workshops, lectures, symposia and publication programs. Finally, we maintain a collection of photography spanning the medium’s history, as well as several artist and journalism archives—including the renowned Black Star Collection of twentieth-century photoreportage.

The RIC, located in the heart of campus life and in the core of downtown Toronto, is one of a number of major projects to grow out of a vision for Ryerson University, which defines Ryerson as one of the most dynamic institutions of higher learning in the country and a ‘City Builder’ in the centre of Toronto. Our plans are part of a growing trend toward creative inclusion and openness that will bring the world to Toronto and carry the reputation of Ryerson University and our city into the world.

Free admission

Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30pm

Gallery Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11am to 6pm

Wednesday: 11am to 8pm

Thursday and Friday: 11am to 6pm

Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
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  • We stopped by for a quick look after attending Ryerson University’s open house on Sat, Nov 9. We asked a student for directions as there is construction going on around Ryerson Image Centre (Gould St....  more »
  • On a recent return trip I was as delighted as always by the quality of the show. Ryerson is the home of the Black Star Collection, with it's 292,000 images as well as other important archives so...  more »
  • Some of the best photo and moving image curation in the city and a fantastic archive for researchers.
  • I was at Ryerson for the launch party for the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. It's such a great gallery space that host exhibits which are open to the public. I also had the opportunity to view the work created by students. It's definitely worth a visit!
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