scotiabank Contact photography festival
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The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival maintains a steadfast commitment to providing a platform for exceptional lens-based projects by Canadian and international artists.

With respect to ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all indoor exhibitions planned for May at artist-run-centres, galleries, and museums will open later in the year. In keeping with the Festival’s traditional May launch, outdoor installations will be on view in public spaces across the city (pending government lockdown guidelines), featuring compelling works by exceptional artists whose practices reflect the intense upheaval of the present day and global awakenings that have inspired hopeful futures.

While CONTACT is not currently planning any onsite events or gatherings this year, viewers will be able to safely enjoy artworks in public space during the course of their everyday outdoor activities, at an appropriate physical distance from other viewers.

CONTACT offers exciting new ways of engaging with the Festival virtually on the redesigned website, with conversations, live presentations, video screenings, and photo essays rolling out throughout the month of May, and beyond. The website will feature brief audio talks about each public installation, providing unique insights into the projects as described by the artist(s) and/or curators. QR codes posted at selected installation sites will connect visitors directly to these audio tracks, making them accessible both on location and from home.


Date: Launches Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Location: Online at
Cost: FREE