Sunderland Hall, our main worship space, is an ideal place for showing artwork. The large skylight and high ceilings enhance the room while the gallery space has its own lighting to allow the works to be shown to their best advantage.

We also have a smaller display area in our library, where art from our members is displayed for up to two months.

The artists who display their work in these spaces often offer some pieces for sale, with a small percentage of the price going to the congregation. Please contact the artist if you are interested in purchasing a work.

Artists interested in exhibiting their work in our Sunderland Hall gallery are invited to contact the Arts Committee chair by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Art in February


Jordan Clarke uses the female form to explore themes of self and identity. A mixed-race woman, she uses her background to explore and question identity and all the contradictions that come with being mixed-race. The central focus of her work is empowerment through self-representation.

Something In-between invites us to see ourselves and each other in new ways. By forming a strong black identity, one that is inclusive and celebrates individual uniqueness and diversity, Clarke calls us to rise above the divisive colonial legacy of shadeism.

"The women in my paintings are aware, confident, and empowered in their skin. They are affirming what is true for them — they are a collective of Black self-love".

Jordan Clarke is a Toronto-based artist.

The exhibit runs in Sunderland Hall from February 5 until February 26.

Art in March



First Unitarian has a long tradition of celebrating our artists, dating back to Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven.

All are invited to view the excellent creative work produced by our members and friends, from March 5 to March 26, 2017.

Please join us on Sunday March 5 for our opening reception, from noon to 1 pm.




Library Exhibit: Indigo and Rust


This exhibit of fabric art by Linda Heron is in the Library during March and April 2017.

Linda says: I have always loved to stitch since childhood. Quilting began for me in 1978 and continues to this day, but with the explosion of contemporary textile works, I became interested in using hand-dyed fabric, especially the magic indigo, and lately other local natural dyes and rusting. I love to work with the organic patterns that emerge. Adding hand stitch is slow and meditative and very satisfying. Inspiration comes from Nature herself and beautiful traditional textiles I’m exposed to as a volunteer at the Textile Museum of Canada.

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2017 Exhibitions in Sunderland Hall

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
January Michael Battenberg Jan 8-29 January 2
February Jordan Clarke Feb 5-26 February 5
March Members and friends of First March 5-26 March 5  
April York Artists Guild April 2-30 April 2
May Nancy Bennett May 7-28 May 7
June Irene Sakata June 4-25 June 5
July & August Avenue Road Arts School July 2 - Sept 3
September Simon Schneiderman Sept 10 - Oct 1 Sept 10
(co-sponsored with Shir Libeynu)
October Barbara de Beaupré Oct 8-29 October 8  
November Nick Biagini Nov 5-26 November 5
December First Nations Art Dec 3-31 December 3  

Last Year’s Shows

The following shows were held in Sunderland Hall in 2016:

Month Artist Learn More
January Palette Expressions Group  
February Clayton King Aboriginal artist
March Members and Friends of First  
April York Artists' Guild
May John Visser
June Susan Farquhar
July & August Artists’ Network
September Steve Rose
October Shir Libeynu
November Jean Galt, Wendy Ounpuu  & Wendy Dines  
December Aboriginal Art  


Shows in 2015

The following shows were held in 2015:

Month Artist Learn More
January Michael Battenberg
February Judith Donoahue, Carol Harrison  
March Members and Friends of First  
April York Artists' Guild
May D.D. Gadjanski
June Randall Brown  
July & August 10 Artists from the Don Valley Art Club
September Shir Libeynu
October Barbara de Beaupré
November David Connolly  
December Amnesty International: In/visible Scars