Fonds LA.SC141 - Elke Town fonds

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Elke Town fonds


  • 1974-1991 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

120 cm of textual records

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Name of creator

([ca. 1950]-2017)

Biographical history

Elke Town was a curator, writer and arts administrator based in Toronto. In her varied career she worked at Video Ring, A Space, Art Metropole and Telefilm Canada, and headed her own script consulting business, Storyworks. She was employed as Special Projects Officer in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Extension Services department, 1977-1980, a period of high activity during which the “Artists With Their Work” and Festival Ontario programs were developed. During the 1970s and 1980s, Town’s work as an independent curator brought her together with a number of significant artists and art organizations.

Archival history

Material was transferred directly from Elke Town to the Art Gallery of Ontario on September 14, 2016.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

AGO Credit Line: Gift of Elke Town, 2016

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Scope and content

Fonds documents Elke Town’s activity in the visual arts in Toronto between the years 1974 and 1991. The files are related to various positions she held, beginning with A Space in 1974, and the curatorial work she carried out at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gallery 76 at OCAD, Art Metropole and as an independent curator. There are also files related to her writing about visual art and video for numerous publications such as C Magazine, Vanguard, Parachute and Canadian Art.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is held by the creator or her heirs. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of photographs, may still rest with the creator of these items. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.

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  • English

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A preliminary inventory with a list of file titles is available in the administrative file for this fonds.

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Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created 4 October 2018


  • English



Archivist's note

Description prepared by Amy Marshall Furness

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