To foster the growth of the arts on the UTSC Campus by providing dedicated exhibition space for the presentation of contemporary art work in all media produced and/or curated by UTSC students.
• Promote awareness of the contemporary visual arts on campus and in the community.
• Provide new and innovative exhibition opportunities for students.
• Encourage use of Gallery 1265 as a pedagogical facility, to complement academic and
• Encourage the inclusion of cross-disciplinary activities.
• Encourage students from the larger university community to submit exhibition proposals.
Gallery 1265 was founded by three UTSC students (Amy Barnes, Laura Mendes & Heather Kanabe) in 2004. Frustrated with the lack of student exhibition space on campus, Amy, Laura and Heather successfully petitioned and rallied for the creation of a student gallery. When the professional gallery moved to a new home in the Academic Resource Centre, its old location in the Meeting Space became Gallery 1265.
While there have been challenges over the years, including a temporary move to a different location, Gallery 1265 continues to grow and offer young arts managers and artists valuable experience and a foundation on which to build their careers. As a student-run gallery, Gallery 1265 gives a voice to student artists and a platform for them to exhibit their work in a professional space.
Oversight for Gallery 1265 is provided by the Arts, Culture & Media Department at the University of Toronto Scarborough.