With over 20 year of exhibitions at its location on Queen Street West, Gallery 1313 has sought to support artists through its membership benefits and by providing an open exhibition space where artistic innovation is key. Located in Parkdale, Gallery 1313 began as the Parkdale Village Arts Collective (PVAC), to support and advocate the work of Parkdale-based artists and initiate positive changes in this Toronto neighbourhood. PVAC was co-founded by current director, Phil Anderson, with the support of the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Association on June 22, 1994. In 1997, PVAC incorporated as a non-profit organization, and has grown over the years to a broad membership with artists from across the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, and further afield.

In 1998, PVAC formally became Gallery 1313 upon finding its current home at 1313 Queen Street West with the support of former metro councillor David Miller. Originally used as a police station, the 1934 Art Deco building that houses Gallery 1313 was developed by Artscape into live/work spaces for artists, offices, community groups and exhibition space. Today, Gallery 1313 continues to be a member-based, artistic hub in Parkdale, receiving more than 10,000 visitors and hosting roughly 76 exhibitions in it’s four spaces, annually.

Gallery 1313 is an incorporated non-profit organization with charitable status (under PVAC, Inc.) and a member of the Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO), the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), and Community Arts Ontario.

Archive Images

We’ve collected some articles, posters an images from our history:

1995 WHATs ON QUEEN Article on the founding of the Parkdale Village Arts Collective (PVAC)

Mission Statement of PVAC 1994

The goals on PVAC 1994

Jan. 1997 Article by Christopher Hume / Toronto Star What ON – on changes in Parkdale – Liberty & the Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre -1313 Queen St. West.

1996 – STEAM article on a group exhibition organized by PVAC at 360 Dufferin with 48 artists including PVAC Members

1995 Article on the Artbeat Festival a street arts festival organized by PVAC

First Offender poster for the first exhibition at Gallery 1313 Jan. 1998 organized by PVAC

1994 Letter to Parkdale Community re the Artbeat Festival in Parkdale

1995 Artbeat Festival
Pictures of Gallery under construction 1997 and Reception 199
1998 Article on artist live work studios at 1313 Queen St. West – Globe and Mail

1998 Article by Christopher Hume on Gallery 1313 Exhibit

1998 article on opening of Gallery 1313 in Artery

1998 picture of the ribbon cutting of the Parkdale Arts and Cultural Centre 1313 Queen St. West with City + Metro Councillor David Miller and Rita Cox

13×13= ? 1999 Invitational exhibit .. all works 13×13 inches

1999 – Second Exhibit Repeat Offender .. follow up exhibit organized by Gallery 1313.

2002 Celebrating the first 5 years of Gallery 1313

CODE Exhibition – Juried Exhibition @ Gallery 1313 jurors Katherine Mulherin , Gary Michael Dault and Phil Anderson supported by TAC

No Escape 1999 Group Exhibit organized by Gallery 1313

1998 Aug . Fantasy Fashion Show #1 – Fundraiser … runway fashion show art fused with fashion


2011 The Message .. celebrating Marshall Mcluchan and his influence on new media artists

2007 Revelry Art Auction with Perry Tung fundraiser for Gallery 1313

2010 – Artists Survey the Greenbelt .. co-curated by Patrick Macauley and Phil Anderson @ Gallery 1313 plus ROM, Durham, Hamilton and Niagara

Review Globe and Mail on City of Art Exhibit .. Gallery 1313

THE PRECIOUS LAND – curated summer Exhibition @ Gallery 1313

Art –Tee Shirts local artists lend designs for T Shirts to raise money for G1313

2020 Parkdale Art Window Project .. a window art project helping local business during the pandemic

Collective 20 – a members exhibition celebrating 20 years of Gallery 1313

A Brave NewWorld – Pandemic Exhibit online + Gallery organized by Gallery 1313

1994 – Founding Members of PVAC put together a print document with
images as part of OCADU Project