Open Studio Staff


Patrick(Pat) Macaulay, originally from Vancouver, became the Executive Director of Open Studio in December 2017. Pat holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has experience working in both large and small museums, galleries and arts centres in Canada and the United States. As a curator and arts administrator, Pat has developed specialized knowledge of contemporary art, craft, design and architecture. He has worked on numerous exhibitions, large-scale public projects and festivals.

Pat previously worked as the Director of Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre. During his 26-year tenure, he curated hundreds of exhibitions, designed and created new exhibition presentation spaces and revitalized the retail shop operations. He also developed new partnerships with local, national and international arts organizations and associations. He was chosen as a curator in Nuit Blanche 2013, which encompassed 10 large-scale installations along University Avenue.

Pat brings incredible energy to his role as Executive Director of Open Studio. He is a strong believer in the Toronto Arts community and hopes to capitalize on the power of location while creating an international profile for Open Studio and its artist members. 


Laura Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and is currently living in Toronto. She obtained a BA (Hons.) in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Guelph and a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. As a graduate, she interned at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada. In 2008 Laura began an internship at Open Studio working with the Print Sales and Archives Manager. Later, she worked as an Exhibition Assistant for Open Studio’s Art Toronto Fair booth(2011-13) and was hired on as the Administrative Assistant in 2011. Laura became the Office Manager in 2014 and the Programming and Office Manager in 2018, and Communications Manager in 2021.


Rebecca Travis is a writer, editor, and curator, originally from the UK and based in Toronto since 2014. As a writer she has contributed to publications including Apollo Magazine, The White Review, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Momus, Prefix Photo and Aesthetica Magazine, amongst others. She was Managing Editor of London-based online contemporary art magazine ‘this is tomorrow’ between 2014 and 2016.

She has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and has worked in public and commercial galleries since 2010. Through her gallery work, writing and curatorial practices, Rebecca is passionate about generating conversations around contemporary art, focusing on the vibrancy of the Canadian art scene and bringing an international perspective.