Today we profile Les Enfants Terribles, an art space at 130 Foxley Place, the alleyway behind Ossington. The student gallery doesn’t have a website, but fittingly, an instagram and a Facebook page. The students that showcase at this space, which will reopen in September, are as young as high school age. Maybe younger! So when they are back in September, go check out the next generation of Toronto art talent!
We spoke with Jaiden at Les Enfants Terribles for this Ossington business profile.
What’s your business?
It’s not really a business, it’s a free space. Les Enfants Terribles is a space for Visual Art, Photography and Film students from Etobicoke School of the Arts to show their work in a small gallery like atmosphere. The students learn how to curate and prepare for their show, host an opening and are available to art fans on weekends following that opening to discuss their work.
How is your business unique?
There is no commerce, it’s really about being able to get student work out there in the real world and prepare them for what’s ahead.
How long have you been in business here?
Our first opening was on December 17th, 2016 and we’ve been consistent with showings ever since. We’re closed for July and August and will re-open come September. Check out our Instagram page for details at @lesenfantterriblesossington
What drew you to be here on Ossington?
It’s one of the most interesting areas in the city with a strong connection to the art world in its rich history. Plus the space was offered to us for free, so how could we say no!
What changes have you seen on Ossington since your business has been here?
Ossington is always moving forward. We’ve heard the incredible stories of it’s past, we enjoy what’s around us now and can’t wait to see what lies ahead!
How do you see your business and Ossington five years from now?
It’s a good question…. we’re still in development.
We just hope that we’re providing an important place for the artists of tomorrow.
What is your favorite spot on Ossington, other than your own? and why?
We have met some incredible neighbours along the way. Town Moto, Lost and Found, Venezia Bakery are a few that come to mind. Primarily because they have been very welcoming. And we have to thank you Ossington Village for being curious about who we are. We’re a unique, little space in the alley way behind Ossington and Argyle and we’re glad you found us! Come see a show!
To explore more businesses on Ossington, read the rest in our series of business profiles.