The Power Plant

How Art Collecting Works

Sat Jul 04 2020

6:30 AM – 8:00 AM



Neil Brochu (left), and David Mirvish (right). 

Collecting precious objects is a human urge dating back to the ancients in Babylonia, Egypt, China, India, Mesoamerica, Greece and Rome. But what compels people to collect art? How do they decide what to collect, and once they have it, what do they do with it?

Hear from two strong voices in the Canadian art world: one, a former gallerist with a significant personal collection; the other, a museum professional with responsibility for building and maintaining a public collection.

Josh Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, moderates this conversation with David Mirvish, Producer, Mirvish Productions, and Neil Brochu, Supervisor, Collections & Outreach for City of Toronto, Museums & Heritage Services.