About > Art Metropole

Art Metropole is a not-for-profit organization with a focus on the production, dissemination and contextualization of artist-initiated publication in any media, especially those formats and practices predisposed to sharing and circulation.

Art Metropole was founded in 1974 by the artist collective General Idea, as a division of Art-Official Inc. (1972). Art-Official Inc. had served earlier as the non-profit business entity for General Idea’s File Megazine (1972–1989). Art Metropole was conceived as a related artist-run centre and collection agency devoted to the documentation, archiving and distribution of all the images.

Today, Art Metropole operates as a retailer and distributor of artists’ books, multiples, and editions; a producer of new works of contemporary art in published and multiple form; a producer of exhibitions, talks, screenings, performances and other programming that feature or intersect with distributed art practices; and a public art collection and archive pertaining to these practices.

The Art Metropole collection is composed of two parts. The early collection and archive features over 13,000 items, including pieces of correspondence, artists’ books, multiples, videos, exhibition invitations and ephemera. These items are held in a special collection at the National Gallery of Canada's Library & Archives – a transfer made with thanks to the kind support of Jay A. Smith in 1999. The second portion of Art Metropole’s collection and archive, developed largely since that period, is held on premises at our Sterling Road location, and is made available through special exhibitions and institutional loans.

A chronology of Art Metropole Events and Programs can also be found here. Items digitized from our Archive can be seen on our website here.

Art-Official Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the province of Ontario and a registered charitable organization.

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Contact Information
  • Art Metropole
  • 896 College St
  • Toronto, ON M6H 1A4
  • Canada
  • +1 416-703-4400
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  • Curb-side Pickup Hours:
  • By appointment only while we set up our new shop!


  • Ephemeral Streams
  • Art Metropole at the RMG
  • 72 Queen St
  • Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3
  • Canada
  • +1 905-576-3000 Ext 109


  • Art Metropole operates principally from the city of Toronto, situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-wendat (Wyandot) and Mississaugas of the Credit. We are grateful to be here and reverent to over 12,000 years of human activity and stewardship in these lands.

    Art Metropole is a member of the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO), the Art Librarians Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), and the Canadian Museums Association (CMA).

    We gratefully acknowledge ongoing support from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and The Toronto Arts Council.

    Additional Information
    1. Charity Number 12287 1270 RR0001
    2. BN 12287 1270
    3. ISNI 0000 0001 0666 4041
    4. EDI Pubnet SAN 8101892 (Retail)
    5. EDI Pubnet SAN 1569902 (Supplier)
    Related sites
    1. www.vimeo.com/artmetropole