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: Portraits of an Overlooked World


Portraits of an Overlooked World is a collection of uncannily formal portraits of the most unlikely subjects. It is an invitation to gaze in wonder at the incredible diversity of tiny living beings with whom we share this city.

Michael Battenberg is a naturalist photographer living in Toronto. In his own words: “As a naturalist, I strive to capture behaviour within an environment. As a portrait artist, my goal is to create a representation of personality. Ultimately, my hope is to capture the imagination of the viewer by offering a glimpse of the strangely familiar, and to inspire others to see the world in a different light.”

This exhibit runs until the end of February.

2017 Exhibitions in Sunderland Hall

Month Artist Show Dates Reception
  (12 pm)
Learn More
January Michael Battenberg January 8-29 January 2
February Jordan Clarke February 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 17
September Shir Libeynu Sept 20 - Oct 3
October Barbara de Beaupré October 8-29 October 8  
November Nick Biagini November 5-26 November 5
December First Nations Art December 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