Peggy Gale studied art history at the University of Toronto and Università degli Studi (Florence), and has published extensively on time-based works by contemporary artists. Her ‘Videotexts’, selected essays centred on narrative issues for artists’ video, was published in 1995 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press and The Power Plant. She was the editor of 'Video re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists’ Video' (with Lisa Steele, 1996), and ‘Artists Talk 1969-1977’, from ‘The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’, ‘Halifax’ (2004) among many other titles. Most recently, she edited PUBLIC Journal 44 (December 2011) on Experimental Media. Her essay ‘All These Years: Early Toronto Video’ will appear in the forthcoming 'Explosion in the Movie Machine: Histories of Toronto Moving Image Culture', ed. Chris Gehman, Images Festival.
An independent curator since the mid-1970s, she organized ‘Tout le temps/Every Time’ (La Biennale de Montréal, 2000) and is co-curator (with Doina Popescu) for ‘Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection’, inaugurating the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto) in September 2012. With Gregory Burke, she co-curated the Biennale de Montréal in September-October 2013, with the title ‘L’avenir’ (Looking Forward).