GIVE to get art auction


Photo: Curtis Perry

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2023
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Bidding opens on Tuesday, May 16 at 8:30 AM and closes at 8:30 PM on Thursday, May 18.

Photo: John-Finnigan Lin
Photo: Curtis Perry

For more than 20 years, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has welcomed attendees for the Give to Get Art Auction, an annual fundraising event in support of local art, artists, and the OAG’s public exhibitions, permanent collection, and community programming.

This prominent annual event will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2023, between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM in the ultramodern Alma Duncan Salon on the third floor of the OAG (10 Daly Avenue).

The funds raised at the Give to Get Art Auction help to keep admission to the OAG FREE, so that our exhibitions can remain accessible to everyone in the community, and support our public programs, research, publications, partnerships, acquisitions, environmental initiatives and more! Additionally, 50% of the proceeds from the art auction sales will go directly to the exhibiting artists, who are all locally based and at varying stages of their careers.

The 2023 event will inspire attendees from across the region as we celebrate the 5th year anniversary of the new OAG building. Mix and mingle with over 350 of Ottawa’s corporate leaders, philanthropic community members, artists and special guests while enjoying a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres and interactive food stations, savouring local wine, beer and spirits, and bidding on a selection of 100 custom artworks created by artists from across the region.

NEW this year: Prepare to be immersed in the live art activations and ambient music that will entertain and delight attendees throughout the evening, and don’t miss out on the exciting jewelry box raffle featuring one-of-a-kind jewelry from an assortment of Canadian artisans and high-end jewellers!

Last year the event attracted over 350 attendees from across the Ottawa area, and together we raised over $113,000 in support of local arts and cultural development at the OAG, plus an additional $22,000 that went directly to the exhibiting artists from the auction proceeds. Together, let’s make this year another enormous success!

Photo: John-Finnigan Lin


We invite you to join us as a valued partner for the 2023 edition of this OAG signature event!

To become a sponsor of the 2023 Give to Get Art Auction, or to learn more about other ways to show your support of the OAG and the artists, families, and community members that we represent and serve, please contact Lydia Blanchard, Chief Development Officer directly at 613-218-3880 or by email at