Project 165 (2008 – 2011) was an artist-run space in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood. It housed a multi-use “gallery” site and affordable artist work studios. It was a stage for interaction, performance and cultural negotiation.
Founded in August of 2008 the transdisciplinary creator Ryan Ringer, Project 165 served as headquarters for the social art arena Methinks and responded to Toronto’s lack of grassroots centers for emergent artists. It existed to support the social, creative and professional development of emergent cultural producers; to provide affordable, inclusive, inspirational space for artistic production and community development; and to make radical advancements at the confluence of art, politics, play and daily life.
To these ends, Project 165 produced and supported a broad range of projects that encouraged sociability, collaboration, critical analysis, fun, risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation. Programming included, but was not limited to, exhibitions, installations, performances, discussions, workshops, thinktank sessions, video screenings, tea parties and potlucks.