The Belkin Gallery houses archival collections complementing its collections of art and providing a resource for exhibitions, teaching, and learning, and scholarly research. Related especially to contemporary art since the 1960s, the archives include the papers of artists, art historians, and collectors, and contain material in multiple media (textual, graphic, moving image and sound), with a thematic focus on conceptual art, concrete poetry, mail art, performance art, social art history, and cultural history.
The Archives is open to all researchers by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please contact Susannah Smith, Archivist to plan your visit.
Archival holdings can be searched along with with our permanent collection at:
A detailed list of holdings is also available at Memory BC:
Prominent holdings include:
The Peter Day Collection of concrete poetry consists of over two thousand items predominantly 1960—90 with an emphasis on sound, found, one word, and typewriter poetry as well as on Ian Hamilton Finlay, bill bissett, Arrigo Lora-Totino, and concrete poets of Italy, Spain, Canada, and South America.
Born in England in 1949, Peter Day was a curator, journalist, artist, art consultant and collector in Toronto Canada from 1976 to 1990. Day was managing director of the Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, from 1977 to 1983, when he co-chaired the Canadian Special Committee for the Arts (the Macaulay Committee), and also a member of the City of Toronto Public Art Commission, as well as visual arts reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio programme State of the Arts, an associate editor of Canadian Art magazine and editor of Impulse magazine, and a public art consultant for several Toronto building projects.
He wrote two books published by Summerhill Press: From the Pacific to the Atlantic, Canada’s Gigantic! with photographer Henri Robideau, and Art in Everyday Life with Linda Lewis. He was also a collector of the works of concrete poets, whom he promoted through writing and exhibition. Peter Day died in Toronto in 1990. The collection consists of over 2000 items, monographs, limited edition books and artists books, drawings, posters, prints, cards, boxes, wrappers, video tape recordings, and various small sculptures.
For further information please contact: Susannah Smith at email@example.com,
tel: (604) 822-2001, or fax: (604) 822-6689