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Véronique Couillard, Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard       613.233.8699, +244


BMO Financial Group announced a $100,000 gift for the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Capital Campaign to be directed to the creation of the BMO Sky Lounge and the In Conversation Series

From left to right: Mayor Jim Watson, Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery, Victor Pellegrino, Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal and Councillor Diane Deans. Photo: Chris Snow.

From left to right: Mayor Jim Watson, Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery, Victor Pellegrino, Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal and Councillor Diane Deans. Photo: Chris Snow.

 

Ottawa, ON – June 27, 2017 – On Tuesday June 27th BMO Financial Group announced a $100,000 gift for the Ottawa Art Gallery’s (OAG) Art Now – L’art ici Capital Campaign. The Gallery revealed that this significant contribution will be directed towards the creation of the BMO Sky Lounge and its In Conversation Series in the expanded OAG.

The BMO Sky Lounge will be located on the second floor of the new OAG which will host many of the OAG’s changing exhibitions, public programs and special events including the In Conversation Series. The BMO Sky Lounge will be a relaxing social area, adjacent to the OAG multi-purpose room, offering free Wi-Fi and at times a mobile bar. 

The In Conversation Series is a popular program which brings OAG exhibition artists, art critics and curators together for in-depth conversations about art, allowing the public to gain a deeper appreciation of the artists’ ideas and processes. Past In Conversation events featured renowned art critic and founding editor of Winnipeg’s Border Crossings magazine Robert Enright, Ottawa Painter Jinny Yu, and Los Angeles Artist Monique Mouton.

“BMO strives to support projects and organizations that transform their communities in a positive way. The new Ottawa Art Gallery will do just that for those living in the Nation’s Capital by offering a space to learn, explore and celebrate the arts. The new OAG facilities, growing five times in size, will give Ottawa access to art collections, contemporary exhibitions, workshop and lecture spaces like never before; BMO is delighted to be a community partner on such a momentous project.”

- Victor Pellegrino, ‎Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division, BMO Bank of Montreal
“BMO has a longstanding commitment to supporting the arts in Canada and we are pleased to announce that their gift will be directed towards the BMO Sky Lounge and In Conversation Series, creating a unique setting in the OAG Expansion to connect with some of the most fascinating artists and thinkers of our time.”

-Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO


The new OAG is scheduled to open this fall as part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge. The OAG Expansion coincides with the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown which includes the reconstruction of Rideau Street, the expansion of the Rideau Centre and construction of the new O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit project.

 

To schedule interviews, or request more information, please contact:

Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca
Ottawa Art Gallery
2 Daly, Ottawa ON K1N 6E2
613.233.8699, x 244

Ottawa Art Gallery, mailing address, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2, CANADA
www.ottawaartgallery.ca


 

The Ottawa Art Gallery's new logo
celebrates connections

Ottawa Art Gallery, Mackenzie King view. Rendering by Régis Côté et associés / LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design.

Ottawa Art Gallery, Mackenzie King view. Rendering by Régis Côté et associés / LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design.

 

Ottawa – ON - June 22nd 2017 – The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), Ottawa’s municipal Art Gallery, is set to inaugurate its new building this fall at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge and proudly revealed its new brand identity at its Annual General Meeting Wednesday June 21st 2017.

The architecture of the new OAG was a great influence on the redesign of the logo which celebrates the Gallery's mission as a cultural meeting place that fosters exchanges between artists and the diverse members of our commu­nity.

‘’As the point of connection between three rivers, the Ottawa-Gatineau region has historically been a site of exchange and interconnectivity. This notion has influenced the design of the OAG and its new logo.’’

-Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery

The intersection of the pink and grey shapes convey connectivity between art and commu­nity. Outlined and transparent, they show openness and inclusiveness, and are reminiscent of the luminous cube that will soon light the Ottawa skyline by night, and by day invite natural light in the building. While the colour pink is a strong identifier for OAG, the warm grey creates a sense of calm and balance. The sans-serif font has been selected for its simplicity and contemporariness. 

For more information, please contact:
Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca
Ottawa Art Gallery
2 Daly, Ottawa ON, K1N 6E2, 613.233.8699, x 244

Ottawa Art Gallery, mailing address, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2, CANADAwww.ottawaartgallery.ca


Open Access: A Demonstration, at the Ottawa Art Gallery, presents the work of artist Carmen Papalia who reimagines accessibility


Exhibition dates: June 23 – August 13, 2017
Opening Reception: June 22, 5:30 PM (General Public)
Where: OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, 613.233.8699

Photo and visual op:
Performances: March for a New Accessibility on June 25, and White Cane Amplified on June 26
– both starting at the OAG Annex, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West (all are welcome).

Interviews:
Artist Carmen Papalia is available for media interviews from June 21 to June 26.
To
meet the artist, please contact:
Véronique Couillard, Media Relations, Ottawa Art Gallery  vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca, 613.233.8699, x244

Carmen Papalia, Blind Field Shuttle, performance presented as part of the In the Power of Your Care exhibition, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City (2016), Photo by William Furio.

Carmen Papalia, Blind Field Shuttle, performance presented as part of the In the Power of Your Care exhibition, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City (2016), Photo by William Furio.


Policy-based accessibility can be marginalizing. Carmen Papalia challenges this with Open Access.

Ottawa ON — June 12th, 2017 — The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), in partnership with the NAC’s Canada Scene, presents Open Access: A Demonstration, an exhibition highlighting the work of Carmen Papalia on the topic of organizing for accessibility and mutual aid. The Vancouver artist, who has exhibited and performed in New York, Dublin, Chicago, San Diego, Toronto, and Vancouver, is undertaking a movement-building campaign to challenge institutional support  that disempower the people they are intended to serve. Papalia’s ideas for reimagining accessibility are grounded in his own experiences of access as a non-visual learner:

“I don’t think of myself as having gone blind. I chose to not use vision as my primary way of knowing, to accept my access and the access that my nonvisual senses allow. I felt that learning was the point that would connect me with others and that would be how others would be    able to relate to me and what I’m experiencing"

-Carmen Papalia, FIELD: A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism.

 “Carmen Papalia challenges cultural institutions to reimagine themselves as sites that empower people of all abilities. Carmen’s framework for access has certainly informed our plans for the OAG Expansion and how we will program and operate in our future home.

-Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery

On June 25, Papalia invites members of the public to March for a New Accessibility and march in solidarity for Open Access, a new model that suggests we become accountable to each other. Then, on June 26, Papalia presents White Cane Amplified, an improvised performance in which he will replace his white cane with a megaphone to navigate an unfamiliar route. Both performances start at Ottawa City Hall. Please follow hyperlinks for start time and other details.

Dropbox link for press images related to Open Access: A Demonstration:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z9emqn0rb0mjlb9/AAAhhX0bCo_5SdeaVPuX_JOLa?dl=0


Notes to Editors

Artist Biography
Born in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territory in 1981, Carmen Papalia is a Social Practice artist
and non-visual learner who makes experiences about his access to public space, the art institution and visual culture. His work has been featured as part of exhibitions and engagements at: The Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the CUE Art Foundation, New York; the Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana; The 8th Floor, New York; and the Contemporary  Art Gallery, Vancouver, among others.

The exhibition
Open Access: A Demonstration is presented by the Ottawa Art Gallery in partnership with the NAC’s Canada Scene. It is on view from June 23 to August 13, 2017, at the OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1.

Curator: Stephanie Nadeau, OAG

 
 

Visitor/Listings Information
The OAG Annex is open daily 9 am to 8 pm.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available.

The OAG Annex Gallery at City Hall is an accessible venue with accessible public transportation nearby. ASL/LSQ interpretation will be available during the opening reception. The exhibition includes audio/visual descriptive and interpretive strategies.

Exhibition dates: June 23 – August 13, 2017
Opening Reception: June 22, 5:30 PM (General Public)
Where: OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, 613.233.8699

Performances: March for a New Accessibility on June 25, and White Cane Amplified on June 26 – both starting at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex.

Gallery staff will be on site to assist with any exhibition questions: Tuesdays/Wednesdays: 10AM to 3PM and Thursdays: 3PM to 7PM.

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is building a new gallery at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, scheduled to open this fall as part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations. The OAG Expansion coincides with the revitalization of Ottawa’s Downtown, which includes the reconstruction of Rideau Street, the expansion of the Rideau Centre and construction of the new O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit project.

Dropbox link to OAG Expansion images https://goo.gl/HMSwOd

For more information, interviews and images, contact: Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager  vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca Ottawa Art Gallery
2 Daly, Ottawa ON K1N 6E2 613.233.8699, x 244

Ottawa Art Gallery, mailing address, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2, CANADA
www.ottawaartgallery.ca


The Ottawa Art Gallery Presents CANADA CANADA: Photographs by Rip Hopkins at the OAG Annex


Exhibition dates: April 28 - June 11, 2017
Opening Reception: April 27, 2017, 7 PM – 9 PM (General Public)
Where: OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, 613.233.8699

CANADA CANADA Media Preview, with artist Rip Hopkins in attendance:
April 27, 2017, 5 PM – 5:30 PM
Media RSVP:
Véronique Couillard, Media Relations, Ottawa Art Gallery
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca, 613.233.8699, x244

Rip Hopkins will also be available for media interviews from Tuesday, April 25th to Sunday, April 30th, 2017. To book an interview with the artist:
Véronique Couillard, Media Relations, Ottawa Art Gallery
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca, 613.233.8699, x244

Rip Hopkins, 2016, © Rip Hopkins / Canada Canada / Agence Vu.

Rip Hopkins, 2016, © Rip Hopkins / Canada Canada / Agence Vu.

For photographer Rip Hopkins, capturing scenes of everyday life is a way to connect with a new country. Hopkins inserts himself, often humorously, in every photograph.


Ottawa ON — April 20th, 2017 The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) presents CANADA CANADA: Photographs by Rip Hopkins in partnership with the French Embassy, and with the support of the British High Commission and Ottawa 2017, as part of the Ottawa Welcomes the World series. The exhibition highlights the work of Rip Hopkins, an internationally renowned photographer who was born in Sheffield, UK, studied in Paris, France, and is currently living and working in Belgium.
 

“The OAG is pleased to partner with the Embassy of France, the British High Commission, and Ottawa 2017 to present new work by internationally renowned contemporary photographer, Rip Hopkins. By placing himself within the photographs, Hopkins implicates himself and his audience into the sometimes intimate and sometimes spectacular vision of our nation’s capital.”
-  Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery
“France is honored, along with the United Kingdom, to mark 150 years of Canada with a collection of images by Rip Hopkins that pay tribute to a nation rich in its diversity and generous with its hospitality.”
-  His Excellency Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador of France to Canada
“Presented in the framework of Ottawa Welcomes the World, Canada Canada is a creative jewel and a splendid collaboration between the Embassy of France, the British High Commission, Ottawa 2017 and the Ottawa Art Gallery. What a pleasure to have been able to work with the super-talented and energetic Rip Hopkins. This exhibition will surely be a success in Ottawa and will provide great visibility in France and England for our capital.”
Guy Laflamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2017


Over the course of a year, Hopkins made multiple visits to Canada, connecting with and photographing a variety of people, groups and activities in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. This archive of work can be viewed as a photographic trajectory of Hopkins’ travels and the relationships he formed in an array of public sectors; from his participation in a yoga session on Parliament Hill, to restocking the shelves at a T & T Supermarket, and riding a horse with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  Inspired by the documentary aesthetics of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, Hopkins has captured scenes of everyday life - while simultaneously inserting himself into each photograph and subverting the notion of objectivity.  Sometimes easy to spot, while at other times a ‘Where’s Waldo’ challenge, his inclusion humorously reveals that each image has been staged.  Often swapping clothing with or being redressed by his subjects, his photographic process is a way to navigate a new country, while the photographs produced are inherently reflexive and have more to say about the maker than the depicted subjects.

Dropbox link to CANADA CANADA images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0hwd17bkhplynj2/AAABcfE1okPW_iMfLzLqQXXVa?dl=0

Notes to Editors

Artist Biography
Rip Hopkins was born in Sheffield, UK, and studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris.  For almost ten years, he worked in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders to produce photo and documentary reports about endangered populations across the world, and his most recent project was Belgian Blue Blood (2016), a series of photographs relating to the Belgian aristocracy.  He has exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery (London), the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), the Maison européenne de la Photographie (Paris), and the Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain (Strasbourg).  His work is included in the collections of the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation, LaSalle Bank, HSBC Foundation, and the Centre Pompidou.  In Europe, he is represented by Galerie Le Réverbère and LT2.

The exhibition
CANADA CANADA: Photographs by Rip Hopkins is presented by the Ottawa Art Gallery and the French Embassy, with the support of the British High Commission and Ottawa 2017. It is on view from April 28 to June 11, 2017, at the OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1.

Organized by Pépita Car, Cultural coordinator, French Embassy in Canada.

Ottawa Welcomes the World is an Ottawa 2017 series of world-class cultural events promoting and strengthening ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversary.
 

   

 

 

Visitor/Listings Information
The OAG Annex is open daily 9 am to 8 pm.

Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available.

Exhibition dates: April 28 - June 11, 2017
Opening Reception: April 27, 7 PM – 9 PM (General Public)
Where: OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, 613.233.8699

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
OAG is currently building a new gallery, besides Arts Court, at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, scheduled to open this fall as part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations. The OAG Expansion coincides with the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown which includes the reconstruction of Rideau Street, the expansion of the Rideau Centre and construction of the new O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit project.

Dropbox link to OAG Expansion images https://goo.gl/HMSwOd
 

For more information, interviews and images, contact:
Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca
Ottawa Art Gallery
2 Daly, Ottawa ON K1N 6E2
613.233.8699, x 244

Ottawa Art Gallery, mailing address, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2, CANADA
www.ottawaartgallery.ca


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Exhibition Celebrates JUNO Artists and their Visual art at the OAG Annex

Tom Wilson, Mystic Highway, 2015, oil on wood, 182.88 cm x 182.88 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: CARAS/The JUNO Awards.

Tom Wilson, Mystic Highway, 2015, oil on wood, 182.88 cm x 182.88 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: CARAS/The JUNO Awards.

 

Ottawa, ON — March 1, 2017 In conjunction with the 2017 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations in Ottawa, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is thrilled to present Art is Art, an exhibition highlighting the synergy between visual art and music, showcasing the visual art practices of prominent Canadian recording artists. Commissioned by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), JUNO Award winners have created works of visual art that celebrate the creative connection between these two disciplinary fields. The works will be unveiled for the first time at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex. Featuring a diversity of national talent, the works will also be a part of the building blocks of the JUNO Awards’ permanent collection, and will appear as a part of the JUNO Awards each year further travelling to other galleries and cultural institutions within Canada.

Artists featured in the Art is Art will include influential Canadian Jann Arden, Leonard Cohen, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Hugh Dillon (Headstones), Marc Jordan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Lights, Jay Malinowski (Bedouin Soundclash), Sarah McLachlan, Murray McLauchlan, Dylan Phillips (Half Moon Run), Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and LeE HARVey OsMOND), Josh Winstead (Metric) and Royal Wood.

“The Ottawa Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the JUNO Awards to produce this exhibition which exemplifies the fact that many artists work across disciplines and excel not just in music but in the visual arts as well.”
 Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery Director and CEO

Also on view at the OAG Annex will be a stunning retrospective photography exhibition showcasing 40 plus years of Canadian music and the JUNO Awards. A selection of photos from the JUNO Awards’ 40th Anniversary book, Music from Far and Wide, as well as never before seen photos taken by Canada’s foremost rock and roll photographers including Barry Roden, Bruce Cole, Grant Martin, George Pimentel, and Alex Urosevic, along with photographers from iPhoto Inc..

The exhibition Art is Art, organized by the OAG and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)/The JUNO Awards, will be on view from March 10 to April 16, 2017, at the OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1.

The opening reception will take place on Friday March 31 2017, 5 PM at the OAG Annex (City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa).

The OAG Annex is open daily 9 am to 8 pm.

Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available.

·         Dropbox link to Art is Art images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ejgrn3oyig4ifub/AACgtM-l6BqtqRvmxUFsS0Cja?dl=0

About the Ottawa Art Gallery:
OAG is currently building a new gallery, besides Arts Court, at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, scheduled to open this fall as part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations. The OAG Expansion coincides with the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown which includes the reconstruction of Rideau Street, the expansion of the Rideau Centre and construction of the new O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit project.

·         Dropbox link to OAG Expansion images https://goo.gl/HMSwOd

To schedule interviews, or request more information, please contact:

 Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca
Ottawa Art Gallery
2 Daly, Ottawa ON K1N 6E2
613.233.8699, x244


 
From left to right: Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor, Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Penny McCann, SAW Video Director.

From left to right: Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor, Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Penny McCann, SAW Video Director.

The Government of Canada provides funding in support of the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and the Arts Court Redevelopment Project
 

February, 17, 2017 – Ottawa – This morning the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced that the City of Ottawa is receiving $5,250,000 to fund the expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery and the redevelopment of the Arts Court building. She also announced that the Ottawa Art Gallery is receiving an additional $1,300,000 for specialized equipment to outfit their new space.

This funding will help the City of Ottawa continue to house 26 not-for-profit arts organizations and to display the Ottawa Art Gallery’s vast collection for local residents and visitors alike.

This funding has been made possible thanks to the unprecedented investment of nearly $170,000,000 for cultural spaces over two years in the 2016 Budget. These investments will help strengthen the middle class with new jobs, provide opportunities for families to access the arts in their own communities, and create spaces for artists and artisans to perfect their craft and ensure that Canada’s unique perspective is shared with the world

Quotes

“Arts Court is a great example of an institution that allows the arts to grow in our communities by creating a home for local talent. I am proud that our government can help support their great work. Investing in Canada’s cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class and grow our economy.”
 The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“I am pleased to see the Government of Canada invest generously in the new Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project, and in our local arts sector. A vibrant and thriving arts and culture scene stimulates our city’s economic growth, and makes Ottawa an attractive destination for tourism, business and talented professionals.”
Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa
“Ottawa is replete with amazing national cultural institutions, and it also has a thriving and growing regional arts scene. So it is wonderful to see the Government of Canada recognize this and support the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project!”
Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery


Quick Facts

  • The Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court are located at the historic site of the 1870 Carleton County Courthouse in downtown Ottawa.
  • $5.25 million of the announced funding will support the construction of a new and expanded space for the Ottawa Art Gallery and the renovation of the existing Arts Court facility. This project is being managed by the City of Ottawa.
  • $1.3 million of the announced funding will go directly to the Ottawa Art Gallery for the purchase and installation of specialized equipment following the construction of their new facility.
  • The Government of Canada is providing this support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, launched in 2001, invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as for the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.
  • As of March 31, 2016, the Fund has invested approximately $410 million in 1,381 projects in every province and territory. The program receives an average of 137 applications each year.
  • As of December 31, 2016, 80 percent of the money allocated in Budget 2016 has been approved for projects. This investment is supporting 157 projects in 96 communities across the country this year.

Contact:
Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager, Ottawa Art Gallery
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca
613.233.8699, +244


 

Ottawa Art Gallery Launches OAG Out There

Ottawa, ON — January 18, 2017 — Celebrating 29 years in the Arts Court building, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is hosting one last party in its current location. In addition to the Depart-y farewell event, the Gallery is also launching its OAG Out There pop-up initiative which will deliver a range of engaging arts activities throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region in collaboration with community and festival partners, as well as local businesses in the city to offer engaging programming in various neighbourhoods. The new OAGOUTTHERE.COM website was launched this week.

OAG is currently building a new gallery next door at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, scheduled to open this Fall as part of Ottawa 2017 celebrations. The OAG Expansion coincides with the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown which includes the reconstruction of Rideau Street, the expansion of the Rideau Centre and construction of the new O-Train Confederation Line light rail transit project.

As part of its preparation to transition into its new building, OAG closed its exhibition space at 2 Daly inside Arts Court this month. Its administrative offices remain open at this location. All future OAG exhibitions will be on view at the OAG Annex (inside Ottawa City Hall) at 110 Laurier Avenue West until the new Gallery opens. The next exhibition at the OAG Annex is When Raven Became Spider.

When Raven Became Spider
On view: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 26, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, January 26, 5:30 PM | FREE (open to the public)
Where:  OAG Annex (inside Ottawa City Hall) 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

The new OAG will expand to close to 80,000 square feet. It will house a 250 seat multipurpose and multidisciplinary screening space that will be home to the Canadian Film Institute, a changing exhibition gallery, a permanent collection gallery, a studio for workshops, a café, a gallery shop for visitors, as well as a new dedicated gallery space for the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art (FCCA), a municipal treasure that includes works by the Group of Seven and other important Canadian artists. The project also includes an exciting private sector mixed-use residential complex, Arthaus by DevMcGill and a boutique hotel by Group Germain Hotels.

·         Dropbox link to When Raven Became Spider images and information https://goo.gl/8ARs1K
·         Dropbox link to OAG Expansion images https://goo.gl/HMSwOd

To schedule interviews, or request more information, please contact:

Amity Bradbury
Communications Officer, Ottawa Art Gallery
613 233 8699 +235
abradbury@ottawaartgallery.ca