About & Advisory Services at Corkin Gallery

Founded in 1979, Corkin Gallery is committed to the principles that move art history forward. We champion significant contemporary and historical art across a spectrum of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and installation.

Corkin Gallery features a roster of emerging and mid-career artists from around the globe whose voices and vision are trailblazing the ideas of tomorrow. We employ our expertise in modern art to show contemporary art alongside master works of the twentieth century.


Our team maintains well-established relationships with private collectors, museums, and corporations worldwide. Our clients range from experienced collectors to first time buyers. We value the Toronto arts community, and our exhibitions are always accessible to the public.

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    Advisory Services

    Corkin Gallery works with private and corporate clients to build meaningful collections. We offer our clients a deep understanding of the fine art industry developed over the gallery's forty-year history. We employ our knowledge to source works of the highest quality at a global and local level for our clients. Along with our own expertise, Corkin has long-standing relationships with experts from all corners of the art world, including museum curators and directors, artists, galleries, auction houses, private collectors, and foundations.


    We have expertise in translating our clients' visions to a cohesive and thoughtful art collection. We source artworks on behalf of our clients while guiding them with our assessment of each potential acquisition in terms of its cultural, art historical, and financial longevity.


    Corkin will ensure that all transactions are executed with discretion, professionalism, and transparency. We offer professional short-term and long-term advice for clients looking to build a collection from the ground up or those seeking to enhance and transform an established collection.


    As advisors to corporations, we work directly with developers, architects, and interior designers to create culturally significant streetscapes and interior art programs for new developments. Using art as the cornerstone, we develop a program that aligns with the vision and design of each project.


     Artists:  David Urban, Brendon McNaughton, Ramón Serrano, Barbara Astman, Chad Gerth. Photos:  James Brittain.

  • History

    Artist: Irving Penn. Photo:   Toni Hafkenscheid.


    Corkin Gallery has presented hundreds of exhibitions across all media. The roots of the gallery laid in a focus on photography, closely examining the relationship of photography to other media as a means of enriching our understanding of the medium. Exhibitions traced the evolution of photography through the lenses of twentieth and twenty-first century masters including   André Kertész, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Giselle Freund, Harry Callahan, Horst, Scavullo, Sarah Moon, and Nan Goldin.


    Twenty years ago, Corkin Gallery was one of the first arts organizations to participate in the revitalization of the historic Distillery District in Toronto. We are proud to be a part of the vibrant community of cultural institutions and small businesses that continue to enrich the experience of locals and visitors to the neighbourhood.