PLAN YOUR VISIT
Hours and Location
Forest City Gallery is located at 1025 Elias Street in Old East Village, London, Ontario.
Forest City Gallery closes between exhibitions for the installation of the next show. Please see the Current Exhibitions and Upcoming pages on the FCG website for information on our programming schedule.
Transportation & Parking;
Construction-related detours for East London
Forest City Gallery is located along the 02 and 20 bus routes through the London Transit Commission (LTC). All LTC conventional service routes are now designated accessible. This means that every scheduled bus on each route will be a low-floor accessible bus.
Currently, there is ongoing construction along Dundas Street between Ontario Street and Egerton, and also along Quebec Street between Oxford Street and Elias Street. The Quebec Street overpass is currently closed to motor vehicle traffic, but is available for cycle and pedestrian access. Sidewalks along Quebec are open. This map indicates road closures, detours, and temporary bus stops.
Visit the LTC website for up-to-date information about Route 02 and 20 bus detours:
If you are driving, there is designated parking beside the gallery!
Biking and walking are always encouraged when possible, and bike racks are available in front of the Gallery and across the street at Anderson Craft Ales.
Forest City Gallery's staff are on-call and ready to assist with physical access during both regular gallery hours and events. Please email email@example.com or call/text 226-376-7147.
Service animals are always welcome. Please let staff know if any assistance is required.
Please note that FCG is seeking funding to renovate the front entrance and public bathroom to meet all standards for accessibility.
The front entrance of FCG is located at sidewalk level and requires no step or ramp to enter. There are two, single-door thresholds to pass through, both doors have a 32" wide clearance and require a pull for entry and a push for exit. When the weather permits, both doors will be propped open. FCG continues to seek grants for a fully accessible entranceway.
Gallery and Common Areas
The gallery, reception area, and corridors are all one level and wheelchair accessible. The entrance to the gallery is 63" wide.
There is one gender-neutral, self-contained public restroom at ground level with a doorway that has a 31" wide clearance. The stalls are not wheelchair accessible and are not equipped with grab bars. The bathroom is equipped with changing facilities. FCG continues to seek grants to renovate the bathroom facilities to meet accessibility standards.
Language & Communication Barriers
While FCG is presently seeking grants to update our website for accessibility and to include English, French, and Spanish translations, unless otherwise indicated, FCG currently operates in English only. This includes all events, programming texts, and all communications, both verbal and written. Translation and some forms of interpretation may be available by request by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Allergens & Scent Sensitivity
FCG is a public space and while we discourage the use of scented products, and discourage all those who enter our space from bringing in other known allergens, we cannot guarantee a scent and allergen-free environment.
Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking/Vaping
While much of FCG's programming is all-ages and dry, FCG is not a fully dry space, as we do operate a licensed bar at a minority of our events and will on occasion have alcohol on the premises. During events that serve alcohol, we will always have nonalcoholic refreshments and snacks available. We do not condone the use of drugs or outside alcohol at our events.
Smoking, including tobacco products, cannabis, and vaping (e.g. e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited at FCG. Smoking and vaping must be kept a minimum of nine metres from any entryway.
Free or PWYC
People from all financial backgrounds are always welcome at FCG. FCG never has entrance fees during our regular gallery hours. In addition, most of our ancilliary programming and events are also free. For fundraising purposes, FCG does occasionally have events that are ticketed, or request a donation or PWYC for participation.
We recognize that the PWYC option can sometimes create a perceived financial barrier, where it may be seen as a request for some form of financial contribution even if one may not have the means to do so; however, FCG will never turn anyone away due to lack of funds.
We also recognize that the financial cost of childcare for parents and guardians can be prohibitive and we hope that families will feel welcome to bring along children. FCG is a child-friendly space and parents and guardians can decide whether exhibitions or events are appropriate for their children. At this time, FCG does not provide childcare—this includes for workshops or special events where access to on-site childcare may impact participation.
Safe Space Policy
Every person has the right to feel safe and included at any event, and to be treated with respect and dignity. FCG will never tolerate discrimination or hateful speech or acts, which include but are not limited to racism, sexism, white supremacy, heterosexism/homophobia, cissexism/transphophia, queerphobia, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexual harassment, and all acts of violence and harassment. This is in effect at all times and under all circumstances at FCG, at all FCG off-site events, and all programming—including workshops, events, residencies and other mentorships, and all other spaces that FCG hosts, both online and offline.
FCG is an anti-harassment, pro-survivor centre, and we reserve the right to intervene and/or remove any person who is creating or contributing to an unwelcoming or unsafe environment.
FCG is committed to presenting critical contemporary art that is often political, and we recognize that content can sometimes be challenging and difficult for some viewers. FCG encourages all visitors to review promotional materials prior to each visit. For exhibitions and events that engage with difficult subject matter, a content warning will be issued at the entryway of the space.
To read our full Safe Space policy please click here.
Forest City Gallery is excited to run Mask Bank: our free community KN95 distribution programme for our community; visitors, members and non-members alike. KN95 masks are available upon arrival to the gallery to use during your visit. You are also invited to take a pack of masks with you for your daily use. In accessing the Mask Bank, we ask that you take what you need, and no questions will be asked upon pickup. Please ask FCG Directory Ruth or our Gallery volunteers to access the Mask Bank during our regular hours of operation or at any of our events. We hope this programme serves the arts community, which has been uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would like to thank Bona Fide Masks for freely providing Forest City Gallery with authentic Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for our community. See our form (link) for further information on the Mask Bank and to request and schedule specialized assistance during your mask pickup at the gallery.
FCG is committed to identifying and removing barriers on an ongoing basis that reduce opportunities for inclusion and participation, and we are committed to accommodating the needs of all of our community members; however, we recognize that barriers to access come in many forms. Please send questions, feedback, research, or resources regarding accessibility and inclusion by email to email@example.com
To review FCG’s Mandate, Mission, and Value Statements please click here.