About the Museum

The Textile Museum of Canada aims to inspire understanding of the human experience through textiles.

We are the only museum in Canada delivering programs and exhibitions dedicated solely to textile arts. The Museum ignites creativity, inspires wonder, and sparks conversation through the stories held within our global collection of textiles, and active engagement with contemporary art practices.

The Museum’s exhibitions present the work of local, national, and international contemporary artists and often draw from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum is an internationally renowned educational institution, recognized for the relevance and diversity of its exhibitions, innovative approaches to educational programs, and the significance and digital accessibility of its permanent collection.

We are located in the heart of downtown Toronto, in close proximity to St Patrick subway station, Toronto City Hall, Dundas Square, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

01. Our History

The Textile Museum of Canada is celebrating 45 years in 2020!

The Canadian Museum of Carpets and Textiles, founded by Max Allen and Simon Waegemaekers, presents its first collection in a modest location in Toronto’s Mirvish Village.
The first written collections policy outlines an interest in textiles made by people from around the world for whom textiles are a major form of cultural expression.
The Textile Museum of Canada moves into its current 24,000 square-foot home at 55 Centre Avenue with a new mandate to include exhibitions of international contemporary art, craft, and design.
Fibrespace, the Museum’s hands-on education gallery opens, marking a deep commitment to life-long learning.

The Museum’s entire collection of 12,000+ artifacts is digitized and made available for reference worldwide, 24 hours a day, in high resolution.
NOW Magazine votes the Textile Museum of Canada one of the best museums in the city.
The Textile Museum of Canada celebrates 45 years!

02. Meet The Team

Our staff works diligently to plan, support and promote the Museum’s day-to-day activities.

Emma Quin
Executive Director
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I’ve worked in a leading role in the cultural, charitable non-profit sector for over 25 years and it thrills me to bring my experience here to guide our growth and development.
Sarah Quinton
Curatorial Director
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One of my favourite things is to work with artists, community members, and other collaborators. I like to think through textiles as they relate to the individual and the human condition.
Roxane Shaughnessy
Senior Curator, Manager of Collection
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I enjoy researching the rich and diverse textile expressions from around the world represented in the Museum’s collection and embrace the opportunity to share their stories in exhibitions and virtual platforms.
Mab Coates-Davies
Head of Operations and Public Engagement
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I have a background in public history and I love talking to visitors and hearing their stories. I’m passionate about accessibility and welcoming new audiences into the Museum.
Leah Sanchez
Education and Interpretation Coordinator
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I love delivering meaningful programs to our visitors. As a lifelong learner and maker, I get so much satisfaction from sharing “aha” moments with our workshop participants.
Zile Liepins
Head of Communications & Design
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Equipped with fifteen years in graphic design and advertising, along with a passion for documentary photography and journalism, I delight in sharing the rich stories behind our collection, exhibitions, and programming.
Caitlin Donnelly
Membership & Marketing Coordinator
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I love connecting with our supporters around the world – from long-time members to new audiences discovering the Museum virtually. I enjoy costuming and have been learning to sew my own costumes for the past five years!
Susan Fohr
Curator of Education
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As a committed educator for over 20 years, I enjoy finding ways to challenge visitors’ perspectives of the world by leading tours, workshops, and outreach programs. My love of knitting and reading provide me with new skills and insights to share everyday.
Hillary Anderson
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As a conservator, I love caring for complex textile objects in an ethical way that honours their history. When I’m not working, I can usually be found with knitting in my hands and can even knit while walking!

03. Our Board

The Board of Trustees is the governing body responsible for overseeing the Museum’s activities. Their time and expertise is invaluable!

Adrienne HoodChair
Judith E. HarrisVice-Chair
Janet BelknapSecretary
Patricia RoyDirector-at-Large
Bas van BergeijkTrustee
Jayashri DeshmukhTrustee
Catherine HarrisTrustee
Anthony LeeTrustee
Alex LinTrustee
Ingrid MidaTrustee
Peter MurphyTrustee
Jay RichardsonTrustee
Shyam SridharTrustee
Robert WindrumTrustee

04. Get Involved

Looking to share your love of textiles with others?

There are many ways to get involved with the Textile Museum of Canada. Visit exhibitions, attend programs, become a member, or apply to be a volunteer, intern or staff member to further support the Museum’s mission.

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05. Facility Rentals

The Textile Museum of Canada offers its dynamic space to like-minded organizations that share our values. Our reception space and adjoining auditorium are perfect for parties, lectures, meetings, screenings and special events. Our reception space is ideal for up to 75 guests, while the auditorium seats 60. For more information, please visit our rentals page.

06. View Our Annual Reports

The Textile Museum of Canada’s Annual Reports & Financial Statements highlight the Museum’s activities and growth over the course of our fiscal years. Documents appear in PDF format.