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Welcome to the Ottawa Art Gallery.  As a public art gallery, the OAG is a space for reflection and respectful dialogue. We believe that art plays an important role in addressing and helping us to better understand the complex, global challenges of our time. To that end, we prioritize care in all we do and we condemn all forms of hate.

OTTAWA ART GALLERY IS SITUATED ON TRADITIONAL ANISHINĀBE AKI.Odāwā ojichigan-wābandahidiwigamig ate Anishinābe-akìng egā wìkād kā pagidinigādegOttawa Art Gallery is situated on Traditional Anishinābe Akìx

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The Ottawa Art Gallery is home to the Art and Artists of the Ottawa-Gatineau region; where you can experience the collections, exhibits and events that link us, and where connection happens between Art and City. Ottawa, YOUR ART IS HERE.

Admission to the OAG is always FREE.

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The way we perceive sights and moments in our lives that have an emotional impact on us can be translated into artistic expressions in countless ways. In this exhibition, artists portray the ways in which memories of what we have perceived form in our minds, oscillating between blurred and blotted shapes, and details in sharp focus.

This is the 7th exhibition mounted at OAG with art created by Creative Space artists. Creative Space is an ongoing program and part of a well-established partnership between the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and OAG.

Art School Confidential celebrates five decades of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, representing the work of 50 artists who have taught and studied in the historic building located at 100 Laurier East since 1974.

How do we interact with the places we inhabit? Whether it be our homes, the wider community, or even our perceptions of self, this exhibition explores place as it exists through sensory experiences, between boundaries and memories, and across a set of ongoing, changing relationships.

The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is a significant art collection that spans the modern period and includes work from a wide range of Canadian art styles, geographical regions, and periods. The two largest themes represented in the collection are landscape and abstraction.

Come to the Jackson Café to discover two large murals, featuring the digital artwork of Eric Chan (aka eepmon).

This piece is a digitization of a birch bark biting that has then been reproduced through risograph printing. The biting can be interpreted as chickadees flying around flowers.

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OAG Collection Story: Farouk Kaspaules 📺 The OAG is excited to present this story of local artist Farouk Kaspaules, captured and produced by @chrissnowvideo. Kaspuales is an Iraqi-born Canadian artist of Assyrian origin noted for his engravings and silk-screen photography. He mixes ...traditional Arabic iconography with modern symbols to produce works that reflect themes of exile, cultural displacement and related social issues.   

Watch! 👀 👉 Link in bio

Histoires d’une collection : Farouk Kaspaules 📺 La GAO est ravie de présenter cette capsule sur l’histoire de l’artiste Farouk Kaspaules, réalisée par Chris Snow. Kaspaules, artiste canadien d’origine assyrienne, né en Irak, est reconnu pour ses estampes et ses photographies sérigraphiques. Il mêle l’iconographie arabe traditionnelle à des symboles modernes pour produire des œuvres qui reflètent les thèmes de l’exil, du déplacement culturel et des problèmes sociaux qui y sont associés.

Regardez ! 👀 👉 Suivez le lien dans notre bio

We are pleased to announce that Helena Granger @dogmaw_ has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Ottawa Art Gallery’s Graduating Student Award of Excellence! 🎉 Each year, this award is given to a graduating BFA student in the University of Ottawa Department of Visual Arts ...@visualartsuottawa who has shown exceptional talent. Congratulations, Helena! 👏

“I am an Indigenous artist based in Ottawa, Ontario. My acrylic paintings reflect on my experiences as a child of a 60’s Scoop survivor. Nodding to Norval Morriseau, my paintings blend traditional elements of the Woodland style with my formal education in art.” -Helena Granger

La GAO est fière d’annoncer que Helena Granger a été sélectionnée comme lauréate 2024 du Prix d’excellence remis à une personne diplômée du Département d’arts visuels de l’Université d’Ottawa dont le travail est exceptionnel. 🎉 Ce prix annuel est attribué par la Galerie d’art d’Ottawa. Félicitations Helena ! 👏

« Je suis une artiste autochtone située à Ottawa, Ontario. Mes peintures acryliques reflètent l’expérience de mon enfance avec une mère survivante du Scoop des années 60. Inspirée de Norval Morriseau, mes peintures mélangent des éléments traditionnels du style Woodland avec mon éducation formelle en art. » -Helena Granger

🎨 Helena Granger, Persistence, acrylic on Masonite, 25 in x 15 in, 2023 / acrylique sur Masonite, 25 po x 15 po, photo : GAO

🎨 Helena Granger, Those before me, acrylic on wood panel, 40 in, 2023 / acrylique sur panneau de bois, 40 po, photo : GAO

WE DID IT!! 🎉😁
With your help, we met our #GIVETOGETART Auction Fundraising Goal and raised $140,000 in support of the OAG and our mission to keep the gallery free and accessible to all. 💖 Your donations help to support the local art and artists of the Ottawa-Gatineau region through ...OAG’s exhibitions and public programs, acquisitions, publications, and so much more! THANK YOU for your amazing support now and throughout the whole year!! 💖🤗

BIG THANKS to all the auction artists, sponsors, and volunteers who made this amazing event possible!! 💖🤗

Bidding platform supported by #InfinityNetworkSolutions 💖

Grâce à votre aide, nous avons atteint notre objectif de collecte de fonds pour l’encan #DONNEZVOUSALART. Les fonds amassés totalisent 140 000 $ et soutiendront la GAO et sa mission en lui permettant de demeurer accessible et de maintenir son entrée gratuite. 💖 Vos dons soutiennent l’art et les artistes de la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau, les expositions et programmes publics de la GAO, ces acquisitions et publications, et bien plus encore ! MERCI pour votre soutien incroyable tout au long de l’année ! 💖🤗

UN GRAND MERCI aux artistes qui ont contribué à l’encan, ainsi qu’aux commanditaires et aux bénévoles qui ont rendu possible cet événement extraordinaire !! 💖🤗

La plateforme pour les enchères a bénéficié du soutien de Infinity Network Solutions 💖.

📸 Clara Zamith

Artist Workshop: Colours of Home with @kellyrendek 🎨
Sunday, May 26, 10 AM - 2 PM

Free | No registration required | All ages welcome. Materials will be provided.

What are the colours or shapes that make you think of “home”?

Join artist Kelly Rendek in the ...OAG Studio for a free drop-in workshop that explores memories of home through the medium of collage. Linked to her installation The Practice of Home, currently on view, we will explore how different materials and colour theory can be used to share our ideas of home.

Les couleurs du foyer, avec Kelly Rendek 🎨
Le dimanche 26 mai de 10 h à 14 h

Gratuit | Aucune inscription requise. Passez quand bon vous semble. | Pour tous les âges. Matériaux fournis.

Quelles couleurs ou formes associez-vous au concept du « chez-soi » ?

L’artiste Kelly Rendek vous invite au Studio de la GAO pour un atelier offert gratuitement. Venez explorer les souvenirs rattachés à la notion du foyer par le collage. En lien avec son installation The Practice of Home [La pratique du chez soi], présentée en ce moment, nous explorerons comment la théorie de couleur et les différents matériaux peuvent être utilisés pour partager nos idées sur ce qu’est le foyer.

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), Giant Tiger @gianttigerstore and Kids Help Phone @kidshelpphone are collaborating for Pink Shirt Day 2025. Pink Shirt Day is celebrated every year on the last Wednesday of February to raise awareness about bullying. We are looking for youth ages 15-25 to produce a for a t-shirt in a 2-part workshop series led by illustrator and comic book artist Andy Akangah @theakarts. All participants will have their work exhibited at OAG in 2025 but one design will be selected for a fundraising t-shirt in support of Kids Help Phone to be sold in all Giant Tiger locations for Pink Shirt Day 2025.

If you’re a budding fashion designer, illustrator, or just love to create, and you want to put a stop to bullying, this workshop series is for YOU!

👀👉 Fill out the form in our bio to be a part of this exciting project and learn more! Deadline for application: Monday, May 20th 2024

À la recherche de jeunes pour participer à un atelier de design de t-shirt de Tigre Géant

La Galerie d’art d’Ottawa (GAO), Tigre Géant et Jeunesse, J’écoute lancent une collaboration à l’occasion de la Journée du chandail rose 2025. Chaque année, la Journée du chandail rose est célébrée le dernier mercredi de février afin de sensibiliser les gens à l’intimidation. Nous sommes à la recherche de jeunes de 15 à 25 ans qui aimeraient concevoir un t-shirt dans le cadre d’une série de deux ateliers dirigés par l’illustrateur et créateur de bandes dessinées Andy Akangah. Les œuvres de chaque personne qui participe seront exposées à la GAO en 2025, mais un seul design sera sélectionné pour orner un t-shirt qui sera vendu dans tous les magasins Tigre Géant à l’occasion de la Journée du chandail rose 2025 en guise de collecte de fonds au profit de Jeunesse, J’écoute.

Ces ateliers s’adressent à toute personne créatrice de mode en herbe, illustratrice ou simplement créative ET qui souhaite faire cesser l’intimidation !

👀👉 Pour faire demande ou pour en savoir plus au sujet de ce projet amusant, remplissez le formulaire dans notre bio ! Date limite pour les demandes : le lundi 20 mai 2024.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at OAG tonight for the #GIVETOGETARTAuction and to all our wonderful sponsors, auction artists and volunteers for their support! 💖😊

Merci d’avoir été des nôtres pour la fête ce soir ! Merci aussi aux commanditaires, aux artistes, et ...bénévoles pour leur appui ! 💖😊

@trinity_theplacetobe , @td_canada, @bdo_canada, @gallagher_canada, Hendry Warren LLP, @osler_law, @starmotorsottawa, @thepropertiesgroup, @mycateringgroup, @chefrics, @novotel_ottawa, @thealbionrooms, @13thstreetwinery, @lesflavoureux, @tulipsandmaple, @legermainhotels, @zoomphotobooth.ottawa, @propdropottawa, @magpiejewellery, @loftsduvillage, @nordikspanature_chelsea , Clara Zamith, @apt613, @nosymag, @thehilltimesottawa

So much amazing artwork up for bid tonight! A huge thank you to all artists who contributed pieces for this year’s auction! 😍💖

Quel talent ! Quelle générosité ! Un grand merci aux artistes qui ont contribué à l’encan de cette année ! 😍💖

Time to BID in the #GIVETOGETART Art Auction! Bidding closes at 8:30 PM sharp TONIGHT! 🎉

C’est l’heure de MISER ! L’encan #DONNEZVOUSALART se termine à 20 h 30 CE SOIR ! 🎉

See you at OAG tonight ! 💖🎉 Tickets 🎟️ will be available at the door! #GivetoGetArtAuction #PainttheTownPink 💖

Check out the 3D Tour 👀👉 link in bio.
Presented by @3dottawa

💥 Bidding closes at 8:30 PM sharp TONIGHT!

On se donne rendez-vous ce ...soir! 💖🎉
Vous pouvez acheter vos billets 🎟️ à la porte !
#Donnezvousalart #Ondérouleletapisrose

Voyez l’exposition de l’encan en 3D 👀👉 Suivez le lien dans notre bio. Grâce à @3dottawa

💥 Vous pouvez miser jusqu’ à 20 h 30 CE SOIR !

We are excited to announce the 2024 Critics’ Choice winners for the #GIVETOGETART Auction!! 🎉👏 Read more 👉 link in bio

Thank you 💖 to this year’s jurors: @catherine_sinc, @sarjasmiine and @brendandemontigny.

💥 The 2024 OAG Art Auction’s Critics’ Choice are... (listed alphabetically):

⭐️ REST/RESIST, A Fine Discipline @tearkneeh @aash.barbu @arminshohrati @aylin.abbasi64

⭐️ Invisible Within, @elle.chae

⭐️ Free Souvenir Ticket, self-portrait at Main and Terminal, Vancouver BC, @lorrainegilbert

⭐️ Study for « The Optimist », @orimsyomi

⭐️ Bury Colonialism, @indigenous_practicing_artist

✨ Special mention: a wolf in blue, @tj.nykilchyk

La GAO est ravie d’annoncer le Choix de la critique de l’encan #DONNEZVOUSALART 2024 !! 🎉👏 Pour en savoir plus 👉 suivez le lien dans notre bio

Merci 💖 aux membres du jury de cette année : Catherine Sinclair, Sarah Jasmine Hodgson et Brendan de Montigny.

💥 Voici les artistes du Choix de la critique de l’encan 2024 (par ordre alphabétique) :

⭐️ REST/RESIST, A Fine Discipline

⭐️ Invisible Within, Elle Chae

⭐️ Free Souvenir Ticket, self-portrait at Main and Terminal, Vancouver BC, Lorraine Gilbert

⭐️ Study for « The Optimist », Yomi Orimoloye

⭐️ Bury Colonialism, Jobena Petonoquot

✨ mention spéciale : a wolf in blue, Tyler Nykilchyk

Bidding is officially OPEN for the #GIVETOGETART Auction!!!🎉💖
Time to bid on your favourite pieces 🙂👉 Link in bio

💖 Bidding CLOSES on Thursday, May 16 at 8:30 PM sharp.
💖 Don’t forget to register to bid! 👍

Happy Bidding! 😁 See you this Thursday #PainttheTownPink! 💖
Still need a ticket? 🎟️ Get yours 🙂👉 link in bio

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