The Next Contemporary, founded and directed by Farnoosh Talaee (more below), strives to spotlight Canadian and international artists working with a wide array of aesthetic approaches and innovative art media.
The gallery is rooted in progressive thinking that results in curated group exhibitions that embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion of artists of all colours and cultures, genders and sexes, orientations and dis/abilities, ages, and stages.
To ensure gallery artists succeed, the gallery facilitates mentorships for emerging artists with established artists, resulting in collaborative exhibitions.
To welcome and serve the public – from experienced collectors and curators to students and life-long learners – the gallery develops innovative, forward-thinking programs, including artist talks, conversations, performances, and more. This ignites creativity, establishes social connections, and builds community.
Though rooted in downtown Toronto, the gallery participates in art fairs to increase exposure for artists and increase opportunities for art lovers to connect with The Next Contemporary

Farnoosh Talaee is a Toronto-based art curator, manager, and writer who approaches contemporary art with courage and creativity, empathy and experience, honesty and integrity, passion and self-awareness. Though originally focused on contemporary art – especially from the MENA region – at the intersection of migration, diasporic identity, and decolonization, Farnoosh has broadened and deepened her knowledge about art and the arts community in Canada and beyond!
With academic credentials in art and arts administration, Farnoosh has contributed to research, exhibitions, and programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Art Dubai, UAE; and several commercial galleries in North America and the Middle East. Most recently, from July 2021 to June 2022, she oversaw more than a year of exhibitions and programs at Mayten's Projects, and she served as guest curator of a public program series that complemented the exhibition Shirin Neshat: Land of Dreams (10 March to 31 July 2022) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.