Throughout history, sports have been a way for people to come together, celebrate and take pride in the achievements of communities of all kinds. They engage our bodies, minds, competitive and collaborative spirits. But while they often appear to be the purest of diversions, sports invariably play within and with social structures, sometimes obscuring them through spectacle, and at others calling them into sharp relief. The contemporary artists featured in this exhibition address issues of gender, race, inequality and conflict, and how they are caught up in the arena of sport, using aesthetics, philosophy and humour to play with how we understand some of our favourite pastimes.

The accompanying catalogue for this exhibition, Be a Sport, can be be found on our

publications page and in gallery.

An official IGNITE Community Partnership of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.






Photos by Toni Hafkenscheid.