07. 24. 2019 - 09. 08. 2019

(UPCOMING) Group Exhibition: TBA, 4th floor, Museum of Contemporary Art (Toronto, ON)

More information to follow.

07. 04. 2019 - 07. 07. 2019

Group Exhibition: Nesot Gaismu/Carrying Light, York Room at the Hilton Toronto Hotel, part of XV Latvian Song and Dance Festival of Canada (Toronto, ON)

Opening on Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 11am-1pm

Juried by Stephen Smart, Anda Kubis, and Brittany Myburgh

All artists react to light, they use light whether consciously or unconsciously to express and create their artwork. This year the organizers of our art exhibition hope to attract participants of all ages,especially the younger generation,the youth. In Latvia participation in the festival is widespread but overseas there are simply less of us. In this exhibit we are trying to bring a new light to an older culture. We want to support the younger generations of Latvians while intermingling them with an older more established generation. We want to carry these old Latvian traditions of song, dance and the arts into a new light, a new age. In the future we hope to see these traditions live on in a new generation where they will be able to carry their own light the way they see it.

-Song and Dance Festival Art Exhibit Committee


03. 29. 2019 - 04. 12. 2019

Group Exhibition: Movement, REMOTE Gallery (Toronto, ON)

Opening on Friday, March 29th, 2019, 6pm-9pm

As has long been repeated across centuries and borders, the only constant in life is change. In this exhibition, each of the featured artists explore the idea of movement and what it means within their artistic practice and lived experiences. Addressing movement through geography, gesture, dynamism and more, this exhibition encourages us to consider the different approaches to recording how we shift and move- both within ourselves and across land- and how we document that process.
- Akin Collective


09. 21. 2018 - 11. 04. 2018

Group Exhibition: Fibreworks 2018, Idea Exchange at Cambridge Art Galleries (Cambridge, ON)

Opening on Friday, September 21st, 2018, 7pm-9pm

Fibreworks, now in its 17th edition, is a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian fibre art. It is a showcase of the most current and versatile approaches to fibre as a medium. This exhibition is one of the largest group shows in Canada and serves as a survey of the artists currently working in the medium. This exhibitions offers the opportunity for us to evaluate the relevancy of our collection in relation to contemporary practices. 

Fibreworks 2018 is juried by Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, ON) and Meghan Price, Artist (Toronto, ON). This year, the jury received submissions from 102 artists from across Canada, after a thorough selection process 18 artists were selected for exhibition.

Participating artists include: Ellen Bleiwas (Toronto, ON), Mitchell Chalifoux (Leduc, AB), Judy Duggan-McCormack (Hamilton, ON), Stephanie Fortin (Toronto, ON), Tricia C Johnson (London, ON), Trish Johnson (Toronto, ON), Helen Liene Dreifelds (Toronto, ON), Fuzzy Mall (Dundas, ON), April Martin (Sheguiandah, ON), Judy Martin (Sheguiandah, ON), Colleen McCarten (Toronto, ON), Robin Muller (Bedford, NS), Trudy Perks (Barrie, ON), Elycia SFA (Toronto, ON), Lois Schklar (Toronto, ON), St Marie φ Walker (Kitchener, ON), Svetlana Swinimer (Ottawa, ON), Negar Tajgardan (Saskatoon, SK)


07. 06. 2018 - 08. 06. 2018

Contemporary Outdoor Art Fair: What We Breathe In, Booth # A50, part of 57th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto, ON)

Open to the public at on Friday, July 6, 2017, 10am-7pm; Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10am-7pm; Sunday, July 16, 2017 10am-5pm

Juried by Marni Goldman, Anu Raina, Janet Macpherson and Gary Taxali.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada’s largest, longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. Founded in 1961, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair was established to put contemporary visual artists and makers at the front and centre of their works, in direct contact with the public, to nurture artistic excellence and artists’ entrepreneurial spirit. This free public event showcases works by over 360contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics, and attracts 115,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

- Toronto Oudoor Art Fair


01. 15. 2018 - 01. 21. 2018

Window Installation: Phase Change, The Tempered Room, part of Toronto Design Offsite Festival (Toronto, ON)

Blankets are a tool for care and a source of comfort. Public spaces can provide similar experiences of relief. How do blankets interact with public spaces that are temporary, which will soon change in physical and emotional shape? Framed as a maintenance act, handwoven blankets are draped and left for a short period of time in parks, worksites, bus shelters, and alleyways. These performative actions are documented as an approach to understanding transitional experiences and systems of care.

Phase Change is a textile and photography-based installation of handwoven blankets documented through a window display and lookbook aesthetic. Materials such as translucent nylon, cotton, wool, metal wire, flagging tape, reflective thread, and elastic cording are used to reinterpret patterns associated with woven blankets and quilts. Suspended, the blankets keep their folds as traces of the temporary space they covered.

-Helen Liene Dreifelds


07. 14. 2017 - 07. 16. 2017

Contemporary Outdoor Art Fair: Through Me, See You, Booth # P-022, part of 56th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto, ON)

Open to the public at on Friday, July 14, 2017, 10am-8pm; Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10am-8pm; Sunday, July 16, 2017 10am-6pm

Juried by Noa Bronstein, Jess Riva Cooper, Taiga Lipson, Robert Mitchell

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Toronto’s first and Canada's largest, longest running juried outdoor contemporary art fair since 1961. Attracting an audience of over 100,000 people annually, and showcasing the work of over 350 artists, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition prides itself on creating an environment which gives artists the chance to interact directly with the public in an informal and accessible setting. 

- Toronto Oudoor Art Exhibition



06. 24. 2017 - 09. 17. 2017

Group Exhibition: Dwell at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON)

Opening on Friday June 24th, 2017, 6pm-10pm

Participating artists: Diyan Achjadi, anahita azrahimi, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Stephanie Flowers, Michelle Forsyth, Amanda McCavour, Suzanne Nacha, and Jocelyn Reid

Curated by Melanie Egan and Robyn Wilcox

As both a place and an activity, dwelling is defined by its intimacy: it is our proximity and familiarity with places and ideas. This closeness can be a comfort, as well as a source of anxiety – we overthink things beyond utility and we remain until we become restless. In this exhibition, eight artists examine dwelling as both a physical and psychological concept and how that effects our relation to objects, space and the body.

- Melanie Egan & Robyn Wilcox, Curators


04. 06. 2017 - 05. 04. 2017

Two-Person Exhibition: réflexions/réfractions at Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (Montreal, QC)

Vernissage le 6 avril, 2017 à partir de 17h

Exposants inclus Eloisa Alcaraz and Helen Liene Dreifelds

Comissaires Suzanne Chabot et Danny Gauthier


01. 18. 2017 - 02.18-2017

Window Installation: Hourglass, Cutler and Gross, part of Toronto Design Offsite Festival (Toronto, ON)

"At first we feel nothing, we are insensitive, we are naturalized. And then suddenly we feel not something, but the absence of something we did not know before could possibly be lacking." From Air by Bruno Latour

Hourglass is a textile-based installation of handwoven translucent nylon, reflective glass powder, carbon, mylar and sand by Helen Liene Dreifelds. Nearly invisible, multiple semi-transparent panels act as filters that appear to be caught in a state of deterioration. Drawing on the mutable quality of textiles, woven line patterns appear and disappear depending on the viewer’s angle along with light variations throughout the day and night.

- Helen Liene Dreifelds


23. 11. 2016 - 23. 12. 2016

Two-Person Exhibition: Outside the Lines at Lonsdale Gallery (Toronto, ON)

Opening on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 2pm -5pm

Participating artists include: Anouk Desloges and Helen Liene Dreifelds

Lonsdale Gallery is pleased to present Outside the Lines, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Anouk Desloges and Helen Liene Dreifelds. With practices based in textile arts, Desloges and Dreifelds use fibre and various other elements and approaches in their exploration of materials. By removing textiles from their traditional supports, the fragility and femininity of the visible stitch is replaced by a hard edge.

The influence of sculpture can be witnessed in each artist’s diverse, yet intertwined visions. Desloges stitches embroidered gestures into acrylic while laser-cut applique forms rest on the surface. Dreifelds textile works are sculptures; hand-woven using monofilament nylon, the shapes curl and bend, casting penumbral shadows that visually confuse the perceived softness and surface of the forms.

By activating the median zone between flat image and 3D surface, the work in Outside The Lines represents unique contemporary perspectives from two emerging Canadian artists. Carefully organized preparation merges with their precise physical movements, as fibres become an extension of the body. Fine details and traces of the human hand are what make the work of Desloges and Dreifelds intricate as they are searching for anterior modes of expression.

- Lonsdale Gallery


19. 09. 2016 - 25. 09. 2016

Two-Person Exhibition: subtle fragments at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (Toronto, ON)

Opening on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 2pm-5pm

Participating artists include: anahita azrahimi and Helen Liene Dreifelds

Invited to exhibit by Frances Patella

Textiles are coded material, a living language and archive. subtle fragments brings together the work of two artists working with and referencing textiles. A mutual preoccupation with draping and folds is explored through a range of processes: assembling, collage, layering, weaving and drawing. The result is a series of meticulous records that appear to be in various states of beginning, unravelling.

- anahita azrahimi and Helen Liene Dreifelds


23. 09. 2016

Artist Talk: Fibre as Fine Art with Elycia SFA at Neilson Park Creative Centre (Toronto, ON)

Join Elycia SFA  and Helen Liene Dreifelds during Neilson Park Creative Centre's Speaker Series on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7pm

 08. 07. 2016 - 10. 07. 2016

Contemporary Art Fair: T(here), Booth #314, part of 55th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto, ON)

Open to the public at on Friday, July 8, 2016, 10am-8pm; Saturday, July 9, 2016, 10am-8pm; Sunday, July 10, 2016 10am-6pm

Juried by Yael Brotman, Andrea Carson Barker, Steve Cober, Janna Hiemstra, William Huffman, Miranda Mckee, Jeremy Vandermeij

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Toronto’s first and Canada's largest, longest running juried outdoor contemporary art fair since 1961. Attracting an audience of over 100,000 people annually, and showcasing the work of over 350 artists, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition prides itself on creating an environment which gives artists the chance to interact directly with the public in an informal and accessible setting. 

- Toronto Oudoor Art Exhibition


25. 06. 2016 - 18. 09. 2016

Group Exhibition: It's Not You It's Me at Harbourfront Centre Craft & Design Corridor Vitrines (Toronto, ON)

Opening on Thursday, June 25, 2016, 6pm-10pm

Participating artists include: Marissa Alexander, Alexia Bilyk, Holly Boileau, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Teresa Dunlop, Azza El Siddique, Marie-Eve G.-Castonguay, Oscar Kwong, Becky Lauzon, Pasha Moezzi, Sam Pedicelli, Kristian Spreen, Silvia Taylor, Devon Thom

Curated by Azza El Siddique

It’s Not You It’s Me began as a simple collaborative exercise between 14 Artists-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre from five different studios: Textile, Glass, Ceramics, Design and Metal. The artists were asked to draw a name at random, and from there they were asked to rework, resample and reimagine the given objects from the name drawn into a final piece. The purpose of the exercise was to explore what happens when artists that have crafted their own unique voices in their respective medium were directed to interject a fellow practitioners work, themes and/or materials into their own. It’s Not You It’s Me represents the multitude of various practices at Harbourfront Centre through a remixed lens.

- Azza El Siddique, Artist-in-Residence (Textiles)


15. 04. 2016 - 05. 05. 2016

Exposition de Groupe: Produits improbables et autres échantillonnages à la Galerie Trames (Montréal, QC)

Vernissage le jeudi 14 avril, 2016 à partir de17h 

Exposants inclus: Marilou Chagnaud, Amélie Dion, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Josée Hamelin, Maria Teresa Hincapié, Katarin Laruelle, Léa Mercante, Mathilde Moreau, Laurence Perrault Mandeville, Tamara Rubilar

Produits improbables et autres échantillonnages est une sympathique dérive puisqu’aux prémisses de ce projet d’exposition se trouvait l’objet. Comment réfléchir la création de l’objet dans le contexte des arts appliqués? Est-ce un produit nécéssairement fini? Est-ce une pièce unique, un prototype ou un objet utilitaire de petite série? Le mot objet est-il obligatoirement synonyme du mot produit? Voilà sans doute quelques unes des interrogations qui nous ont amenés à accointer le mot improbable à celui de produit et à questionner davantage le processus menant à l’idéation d’échantillonnages. Tout résultat – qu’il soit approximatif ou en devenir – passe par la recherche et en tant que comissaires, et surtout en tant que directrice et directeur d’écoles ateliers, nous avions une folle envie de mettre de côté l’utilitaire, le portable, le jolie et de donner le champs libres aux créatrices. Nous clamions haut et fort que l’hésitation est porteuse et que tergiverser permet d’avancer hors des sentiers battus.  Ainsi, nous invitions 10 femmes diplômées des écoles d’impression et de construction textile à nous surprendre avec leur savoir-faire et à nous guider dans les méandres de la création.

- Suzanne Chabot et Danny Gauthier


18. 02. 2016 - 21. 02. 2016

Contemporary Art Fair: It Started With A Line, UNTAPPED Emerging Artists, part of The Artist Project at Exhibition Place (Toronto, ON) 

Opening on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7pm-10pm

Participating artists include: Courtney Archer, Rosalind Breen, Yan Wen Chang, Mauricio Contreras-Paredes, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Simon Fuh, Katelyn Gallucci, Eve Gane, Evan Ginsberg, Andre Kan, Elzbieta Kurowska, martimbo (Joel Martimbeault), Nicole Moss, Alex Murphy,  Emanuel Pavao, Véronique Sunatori, Roxanne Tochor, Vickie Vainionpaa, Georgina Lee Walker, Paulina Wiszowata

Juried by Betty Ann Jordan, Mia Nielsen and William Huffman

UNTAPPED Emerging Artists is a juried competition that awards new artists an opportunity to participate in a dedicated feature space at a professional-level art fair. This program aims to provide a platform for artists to launch their artwork to a public audience, make connections within the arts industry and gain experience in the contemporary art world.

Selected from hundreds of applications, 20 of the country’s best up-and-coming artists are invited to showcase their work for FREE!

Learn more about our UNTAPPED artists! Stop by the DeSerres booth to find out what inspires our finalists and let us know what inspires you. Also, vote for your favourite UNTAPPED artist who will win a free booth in 2017!

- The Artist Project


23. 01. 2016 - 19. 06. 2016

Group Exhibition: Non-Objective at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON)

Opening on Friday, January 29, 2016, 6pm-10pm

Participating artists include: Marissa Alexander, Alexia Bilyk, Anouk Desloges, Helen Liene Dreifelds, Azza El Siddique, Marie-Eve G-Castonguay, Andrea Kott, Grant McRuer, Meghan Price, Linda Sormin, Alice Yujing Yan. 

Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay. 

The work in this exhibition has a vibrancy that delights and intrigues.

Art historian and curator Damian Skinner describes the present moment as the third wave of craft wherein there is a collapse in the distinctions between craft, design, art and business. This progression within contemporary craft is due to the growth of theory and practice generally and movements within specific genres over the past few decades. The ongoing development of post-disciplinary teaching and methods has also had a profound effect on craft practice and thinking. This third wave of craft has evolved from the foundational Arts & Craft Movement (1880s-1910s) which was a response to industrialization, and the later Studio Craft Movement (1960s-1970s) which was focused on originality and artistic expression. Today’s craft artists are defining this collapse of distinctions with work that is less concerned with categorization or defined in opposition to other artistic practices. Highly aware and engaged with contemporary culture, these artists embrace it all.

Harbourfront Centre’s Craft & Design Studio has always had a lateral view of contemporary craft, championing an expansive and inclusive mindset when it comes to artists and designers. This exhibition confounds specific readings of the craft “object” and happily engages in ambiguity.

- Melanie Egan, Head, Craft & Design and Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts