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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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This work delves into the beauty of flowers and their Fibonacci connections, as well as cosmic fascination and intertwining Earth and lunar rhythms.

This exhibition entitled Capture and Confront showcases photography done by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) youth participating in the Photovoice Project. The Photovoice Project is an initiative of a larger project, the Concentric Circles of Care, which aims to increase equity, social inclusion, and cohesion for BIPOC residents in various parts of the city of Ottawa. 

Through the Ground Glass is a dialogue between the work of historical Ottawa photographer William James Topley and six contemporary artists: Lori Blondeau, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Anique Jordan, Neeko Paluzzi, Adrian Stimson and Geneviève Thauvette. These artists engage with image manipulation, hauntology, costumes and theatricality to subvert narratives and reclaim power through portraiture.

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.

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.

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).

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The Arts Corridor is Here! 😍🎉🌸🌊

Check out @eepmon’s vibrant installations and a beautiful garden by @riverwoodgardens on Daly Avenue, plus stay tuned for future activations! 🤩

The Arts Corridor Project aims to transform downtown Ottawa into a dynamic art and ...cultural destination, enhancing the area’s visual and cultural landscape. 🩷

In collaboration with @massivart and generously funded by @cdn.heritage

Jeff Thomas @jmthomas56 is an urban-based Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) independent curator and photographer.

In this work Irony (2021), from his series of Dream Panels, Thomas recontextualizes an archival portrait of Hayter Reed by William James Topley. Reed was the Deputy Superintendent of ...Indian Affairs during the last decade of the 19th century, and here, Thomas uses this image alongside his own contemporary photography to explore the ongoing legacy of colonialism.

Irony is now on view in our newly opened exhibition Through the Ground Glass: Reframing William James Topley on the 4th floor, and we’re thrilled to share that – in a new partnership with @natgallerycan – OAG will be presenting a solo exhibition of Jeff Thomas’ work forthcoming this fall.

Stay tuned for more details!

Jeff Thomas est commissaire et photographe indépendant haudenosaunee (iroquois) urbain.

Dans l’œuvre Irony [Ironie] (2021) de la série Dream Panels, Thomas recontextualise un portrait d’archive de Hayter Reed réalisé par William James Topley. Reed était le surintendant adjoint des Affaires indiennes dans les années 1890 ; ici, Thomas place l’image de Reed aux côtés de ses propres photographies contemporaines et, ce faisant, explore les séquelles du colonialisme.

Irony [Ironie] est actuellement présentée dans notre nouvelle exposition À travers le dépoli. Grand-angle sur William James Topley au 4e niveau. De plus, c’est avec plaisir que nous annonçons que la GAO présentera une exposition solo du travail de Jeff Thomas à l’automne, dans le cadre d’un nouveau partenariat avec le @mbacanada.

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📸 Jeff Thomas, Irony [Ironie], 2021, photograph / photographie . Courtesy of the artist. / Avec l’autorisation de l’artiste.

Through the Ground Glass: Reframing William James Topley is on view now on level 4! This exhibition is a dialogue between the work of historical Ottawa photographer William James Topley and six contemporary artists: Lori Blondeau, @chun_hua_catherine_dong, @aniquejordan, Neeko Paluzzi, ...@aniquejordan and @g_thauvette. These artists engage with image manipulation, hauntology, costumes and theatricality to subvert narratives and reclaim power through portraiture.

Tonight we officially opened the Arts Corridor Project! 🎉 It aims to transform downtown Ottawa into a dynamic art and cultural destination, enhancing the area’s visual and cultural landscape.

The first phase of the project is marked by the unveiling of the large-scale vinyl mural by artist @eepmon, who has transformed a nearby parking garage with his vibrant artwork Chaos Bloom – Tidal Wave in collaboration with OAG and @massivart and generously funded by @cdn.heritage. 🤩

Ce soir nous avons fêté l’ouverture du Corridor d’art qui vise à faire du centre-ville une destination culturelle dynamique en améliorant le paysage visuel et culturel du quartier. 🎉

La première phase du projet du Corridor d’art est caractérisée par le dévoilement d’une murale imprimée sur vinyle à grande échelle par l’artiste numérique EEPMON, qui a métamorphosé un stationnement avoisinant grâce à son œuvre Floraison chaotique — Raz-de-marée, une collaboration avec la GAO et MASSIVart. Ce projet a grandement bénéficié du soutien financier du gouvernement du Canada. 🤩

OAG’s Annual General Meeting and Talk Show featuring Lee Rose @thisleerose @td_canada, Rachelle Dickenson @curatecarecrit @natgallerycan, Eric Chan @eepmon, Andrew Peck @downtownrideau and Philippe Demers @massivart. Thank you to all of tonight’s guests! 😊👏

We are excited to announce that Regatu Asefa @gatu_tatu is our 2024 Commercial, Community Guest Curator! 🎉

Regatu Asefa is a curator and arts professional. She recently completed both her MA in Art and Architectural History and Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies at @carleton_u. ...During her studies, she worked as the Curatorial Associate on “83 ‘Til Infinity: 40 Years of Hip-Hop in the Ottawa/Gatineau Region” at the OAG and also co-curated “Where We Stand” at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Her curatorial and art passions focus on sensory explorations of artworks and sharing in community arts and culture. She’s currently working as both an Arts Educator and Museum Educator at the @mocatoronto and the @agakhanmuseum, respectively. She’s very excited to join the OAG as the Commercial, Community Guest Curator and continue to share and create in the Ottawa art scene.

This position is a yearly contracted position, in partnership with the Ottawa Black Art Collective @_obak_ to mentor emerging, Black curators. Regatu will be curating an exhibition, in Galerie Annexe (our commercial gallery) later this year.

La GAO est heureuse d’annoncer que Regatu Asefa sera commissaire-hôte, galerie commerciale pour 2024 ! 🎉

Regatu Asefa est une commissaire et professionnelle du domaine des arts. Elle a récemment obtenu une maîtrise en histoire de l’art et d’architecture et est titulaire d’un diplôme d’études supérieures en commissariat d’exposition de l’Université Carleton. Pendant ses études, elle a travaillé à titre de co-commissaire pour l’exposition Demain c’est loin. 40 ans de hip-hop dans la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau présentée à la GAO et a également co-organisé l’exposition Where We Stand à la galerie d’art de l’Université Carleton. Elle travaille en éducation artistique au musée d’art contemporain et est éducatrice au Musée Aga Khan. Elle a très hâte de se joindre à l’équipe de la GAO en tant que commissaire communautaire de la galerie commerciale et de continuer à créer au sein de la scène artistique d’Ottawa.

Creative Space Online Sessions begin next week! 🎨
Check our web calendar for dates. 👍

Join us on Zoom 💻 for a creative workshop with Gallery Educator Haley Menard. The workshops aim to foster holistic wellness by providing multidisciplinary creative exploration in an open and... supportive environment.

This summer session will focus on various techniques for watercolours🖌️, inspired by paintings in the OAG’s permanent collection and the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art.

We are pleased to offer limited spaces to the public to participate in our Creative Space Online program. Subsidized art kits containing the required materials for the program will be available online and in-person at the OAG shop @oagshop_annexe during regular open hours for $35 until they are sold out.

Calling on all storytellers and animation enthusiasts! 📢 Join us this year for the OAG’s first ever Claymation summer camp! 🙂👍

In this camp you will learn Claymation techniques and the fundamentals of storytelling. Spend 4 fun filled days creating a short animated film with ...visual artist and storyteller Dalia Shalabi. At the end of the week, we will host a movie premiere and you can share your work with your family and friends! This is a beginner friendly art camp; no prior experience is needed. 👉 Link in bio

Meet the Camp Artist: Dalia Shalabi is a visual artist, arts educator, and storyteller currently based on unceded Anishinābe Algonquin territory. She completed her degree in Film production at the University of British Columbia and has since showcased her work across Canada. Most recently, her 3D video installation was exhibited at the Factory Media Artist Center in Hamilton.

Vous connaissez des jeunes qui aiment raconter des histoires et faire de l’animation ? 📢 Cet été, pour la toute première fois, la GAO propose un camp de patanimation ! 🙂👍

Pendant cette semaine de 4 jours, les enfants apprendront à créer un court métrage d’animation en utilisant de la pâte à modeler, ainsi que les bases du récit, avec l’artiste visuelle et conteuse Dalia Shalabi. La semaine se conclura avec une grande première pour les familles et camarades ! Le camp est adapté pour enfants qui n’ont jamais fait d’animation et aucune expérience n’est nécessaire. 👉 Suivez le lien dans notre bio.

L’artiste qui animera ce camp : Dalia Shalabi est une artiste visuelle, éducatrice artistique et conteuse établie sur le territoire algonquin Anishinābe non cédé. Elle a obtenu son diplôme en production cinématographique à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique et a présenté son travail à travers le Canada. Son installation vidéo 3D a récemment été exposée au Factory Media Centre de Hamilton.

OAG’S SUMMER CELEBRATION 🎉 😎 ☀️ Thursday, June 20, 2024 | 5 PM - 8 PM | Level 0

OAG’s Summer Celebration will be an evening of artful discussions and festivities to mark the opening of exciting new initiatives!

Register 👉 link 🔗 in bio
CÉLÉBRATION D’ÉTÉ À LA GAO 🎉 😎 ☀️jeudi 20 juin 2024 | 17 h à 20 h | niveau 0

Cette célébration d’été de la GAO comprend des causeries et des festivités pour marquer le lancement de nouvelles initiatives passionnantes !

Inscriptions 👉 Suivez le lien 🔗 dans notre bio.

📸🎨 (left) @chun_hua_catherine_dong, Unmask Opera, 2023, performance photographs. Courtesy of the artist.

(right) Chaos Bloom – Tidal Wave (detail), @eepmon, 2024, latex print via vector art on 3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film IJ8624 with 3M™ Overlaminate Label Materials. Commissioned by the Ottawa Art Gallery and produced by MASSIVart.

📸🎨 (à gauche) @chun_hua_catherine_dong, Unmask Opera [Opéra démasqué], 2023, photographies performance. Avec l’autorisation de l’artiste.

(à droite) Floraison chaotique — Raz-de-marée, @eepmon, 2024, art vectoriel imprimé sur pellicule pour graphismes ScotchcalMC IJ8624 de 3MMC avec pelliculage de matériaux pour étiquettes 3MMC

Thank you to the team at @riverwoodgardens for these beautiful new plants and planters in the Daly Avenue courtyard! 😍🌸🌾🌺💕

Impressions of Time
Until June 2, 2024 | Level 0 and 1

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 @theroyalmhc and OAG. Educators use art as a tool for ...wellness and social inclusion by offering weekly in person and online classes.

This year’s exhibition title, Impressions of Time, takes inspiration from the artwork of Farouk Kaspaules and the printmaking methods he introduced to the group.

Creative Space summer sessions begin in late June. Check our web calendar for more details.

Empreintes du temps
Jusqu’au 2 juin | niveau 0 et 1

Voici la 7e exposition à la GAO d’œuvres créées par les membres d’Espace créatif. Espace créatif est un programme continu qui fait partie du partenariat bien établi entre le Centre de santé mentale Royal Ottawa et la GAO. Les pédagogues de la GAO utilisent l’art comme outil de bien-être et d’inclusion sociale en proposant des ateliers de création artistique hebdomadaires.

Empreintes du temps, le titre de l’exposition de cette année, est inspiré d’une œuvre de Farouk Kaspaules et des procédés d’impression qu’il a introduits au groupe.

Le programme d’été d’Espace créatif commence à la fin juin. Consultez notre calendrier en ligne pour les détails.

We’re excited to announce that a work from OAG’s Permanent Collection by Gerald Trottier is on loan and has recently been installed in @legermainhotels Ottawa’s beautiful newly renovated lobby! 😍

Gerald Trottier was a prolific Ottawa artist whose career spanned more than five ...decades. This work – which depicts a group of Christian followers – was one of eight large-scale paintings that Trottier exhibited at the São Paulo Biennale, where he represented Canada in 1965.

For more information about the work of Gerald Trottier, please visit @geraldtrottier or

La GAO est ravie d’annoncer l’installation récente d’une œuvre de Gerald Trottier, empruntée de la collection permanente de la Galerie, dans le magnifique hall récemment rénové de l’Hôtel Le Germain Ottawa ! 😍

Gerald Trottier est un artiste prolifique d’Ottawa dont la carrière s’est étendue sur plus de cinquante ans. Cette œuvre — qui dépeint un groupe de fidèles — est l’une des huit grandes toiles que Trottier a exposées à la Biennale de São Paulo, où il représente le Canada en 1965.

Pour plus d’information sur Gerald Trottier, consultez @geraldtrottier, ou :

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OAG is Open from 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday | from 10 AM to 9 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is always FREE. Register for Summer Art Camps!