Échafaudages de récits [Propping up your writing] with Véronique Leblanc

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm

Registration $40, $32 for students and OAG members. Sign up by email or by telephone: 613-233-8699, ext. 227

Note: The language of instruction for this workshop is French. Another Articulation workshop offered in English is coming up in November.

In art today, an important new narrative form is required to convey the experiences that constitute what are known as process based or contextual artworks, mainly because they “overflow” their physical characteristics. By reading short texts as examples of different critical approaches, this workshop will explore various aspects of writing practice. The chosen texts will discuss process based and protean artworks which necessarily call for more complex exercises in description. Participants will also be invited to use language as a form of posture, while searching to embody the space between self and artwork, between self and reader.

Articulation is a critical art writing workshop series intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. Established and emerging art writers are encouraged to apply. One piece of writing from each Articulation workshop, as identified through a juried selection process, will be published into a special featured section on

Ottawa Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Access Copyright Foundation.


Reading Out Loud

Thursday, November 6, 7 – 9 PM | Registration Required

Explore the evolution of feminist theory as it relates to art history.  Artist Gail Bourgeois will lead an open reading of Linda Nochlin’s seminal article “Why have there been no great women artists?” (1971).

Bridging the Gap between Seeing and Speaking with Ian Carr-Harris

Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm

Registration $40, $32 for students and OAG members. Sign up by email or by telephone: 613-233-8699, ext. 227

[Note : The language of instruction for this workshop is English.]

How to bridge the gap between seeing a work of art and speaking about it? This workshop will practice the possibilities. Participants will draw on their selection of a specific work they have encountered at the National Gallery to write an initial short review. This will be the basis for an analysis of its structure using one or more case studies to explore what constitutes a successful publishable review. There will be open discussion on the various approaches that can be taken, and the process will conclude with participants re-writing their review and posting it for other members of the workshop to read.


ALMA: The Life and Art of Alma Duncan (1917–2004)

October 3, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Opening reception: Oct. 2, 2014

Ottawa-based artist Alma Duncan spent her entire life creating, interpreting, observing, and rendering. With pen in hand, she travelled the world recording the beauties of the land and the stories of her models, transcending the lines between modern interpreter and visual activist. Inherently interdisciplinary, from painting and drawing to film, her varied body of work also spans numerous genres, including the machine aesthetic, puppetry, portraiture, and abstraction, and the natural world.

Open Spaces

Malinda Caron, Anna Coulombe, Jenny Francis, Carol Gregory, Christine Hammond, Jessie McComb, Debbie Ratcliffe, Alexa Vanveen, Mandy Wellman

Open Spaces features nine painters from H’Art of Ottawa—a studio that supports the creative practice of artists with developmental disabilities—responding to their choice of artworks from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art.

In Good Company: Selections from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art

March 6, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015
Maxwell Bates, Ghitta Caiserman, A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Marian Scott, Jack Shadbolt, Philip Surrey

The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is a significant art collection that spans the modern period (1890–1985). Originally established by Ottawa-based collectors O.J. and Isobel Firestone in the early 1950s, the collection contains over 1,600 works by influential Canadian artists, including Maxwell Bates, Edwin Holgate, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Marian Scott and Philip Surrey.

In Focus: A Collector's History

Selections from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art
Artists: Molly Lamb Bobak, Frank Carmichael, Emily Carr, A.J. Casson, Allan Collier, Maurice Cullen, L.L. FitzGerald, Bruce Garner, Lawren S. Harris, Robert Harris, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Doris McCarthy, Norval Morrisseau, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marian Scott, Gordon Smith, Harold Town

The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art was built upon O.J. and Isobel Firestone’s mission to educate the public about the merit of Canadian art. In Focus: A Collector's History explores the Firestones’ drive to form an inclusive collection representing a diverse range of Canadian art styles, geographic regions, time periods and artists.