City Hall Art Gallery
110 Laurier Avenue West
Open daily 9 am to 8 pm.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available.
City Hall Art Gallery
110 Laurier Avenue West
Open daily 9 am to 8 pm.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available.
From March 2014 to the fall of 2017, the Ottawa Art Gallery is operating a temporary satellite location, called the OAG Annex, at City Hall Art Gallery.
While at City Hall, be sure to visit Karsh-Masson Gallery, featuring contemporary exhibitions by professional artists.
October 13 to October 29, 2017
Terry Mosher – From Trudeau to Trudeau: Fifty Years of Aislin Cartoons
Vernissage: Thursday, October 12, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Terry Mosher, working under the pen name of Aislin (his eldest daughter's name), has enjoyed a fifty-year career as a political cartoonist, primarily for the newspaper the Montreal Gazette. Often controversial, Terry Mosher has drawn over 13,000 cartoons. This exhibition is a selection of 150 of his favourites in honour of Canada's 150th birthday. In conjunction with Ottawa 2017.
Terry Mosher, Justin Trudeau rides his father's car to Ottawa – shirtless, 2016, pen, ink and computer generated colour, 28 x 28 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
November 16, 2017 to January 7, 2018
City of Ottawa Art Collection – Recent Additions
Vernissage: Thursday, November 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
This exhibition features a selection of artworks added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2017 through purchase, donation and commission. After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa's neighbourhoods.
Posted August 1, 2017
The City of Ottawa invites you to preview the exhibitions selected by the peer assessment committee for the Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery 2018 exhibition season. Members of the public may bring forward, within a 30 day period, any concern that the peer assessment committee did not follow the criteria and procedures as described in the Call for proposals. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your concern between August 1, 2017 and August 30, 2017.
More information about the 30 day public consultation process is included in section 4.2 of the Public Art Policy.
Exhibitions selected by the 2018 peer assessment committee
Artist: Andrew Ooi
Working title: Anatomy of Resilience
Proposal synopsis: Anatomy of Resilience – an exhibit consisting of paper-folded paintings and sculptures – examines art as a kind of hardiness in overcoming hardship.
Image: Andrew Ooi, Trinity, 2015, gampi, acrylic and ink painting, 19 x 35 x 3 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Artists: Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe
Working title: void loop()
Proposal synopsis: void loop() hovers between the tangible world of objects and the fleeting structures of the virtual. This exhibition of recent works by Nicolas Lapointe and Anna Eyler focuses on ideas of frontier and utopia in the digital age, examining the relationship between idealism and technology. Ultimately, the artists take an ambivalent position on reality, behaving a bit like amateur archaeologists from an imagined future.
Image: Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe, beyond différance, and now (installation view at aceartinc., Winnipeg), 2016, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artists.
Artist: Benjamin Globerman
Working title: Call to Prayer
Proposal synopsis: Call to Prayer is an immersive, sonic installation drawing on the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Presented as a three-channel audio installation, speakers are arranged in a triangle, inviting listeners to explore the piece. Beginning as separate threads, the voices of three local vocalists gradually become entwined, forming a tonal fabric that finds harmony in difference. Call to Prayer is an attempt to harmonize the music of religious thought and scripture, into an inclusive, visceral, and ultimately emotional experience.
Image: Benjamin Globerman, Call to Prayer - Bayview Centre (installation view), 2017, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.
Artist: Cheryl Pagurek
Working title: Fragile
Images (top to bottom): Cheryl Pagurek, Yellow Tea Cup / Paris (video still), 2016, digital print on semi-matt photo paper, 43.4 x 65 cm. Green Tea Cup / Damascus, 2016, digital print on semi-matt photo paper, 43.4 x 65 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Artist: Jennifer Anne Norman
Images (top to bottom): Jennifer Norman, Unrequited (installation view), 2016, variable dimensions. Tape and Staples, 2016, graphite and mixed media on paper, 48 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Artist: Jordan Seal
Working title: Spirits Tangled in Vines
Proposal synopsis: An art show filled with a mass of multimedium artwork of all shapes and sizes. Featuring drawings, paintings and sculptures. The art show explores spirituality through organic abstraction. It will be a creation of a metaphorical Eden overflowing with details, colours, curving shapes, floating glyphs, and expanding veiny lines. It will provide viewers with a celebration of the other worldly, for them to explore through dense visionary imagery.
Image: Jordan Seal, Installation of various drawings, 2017, watercolour, acrylic, ink and pencil on paper, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.
Artists: Cynthia O’Brien and Barbara Brown
Curator: Judith Parker
Working title: Life Cycle: A Collaborative Dialogue with the Garden
Images (top to bottom): Cynthia O’Brien, Skin & Bone Bouquet, 2015, clay and yarn, 178 x 66 x 25 cm. Barbara Brown, Amaryllis-Endings, 2017, inkjet on cotton rag, 100 x 80 cm. Courtesy of the artists.
Artist: René Price
Working title: Art of City Building
Images (top to bottom): René Price, Towers of Power (installation view), 2015-2017, mixed media, 300 x 400 (height x diameter). Reclining Low Rise Office Building (installation view), 2014, mixed media, 60 x 120 x 25 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017
Information meeting: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7 pm
Karsh-Masson Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, main floor
A short presentation in English will be followed by a bilingual question and answer period.
The City of Ottawa invites professional artists and curators to propose exhibitions. Proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery in 2018.
Exhibitions at Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries feature the work of professional artists working in visual art, media art and fine craft, including solo, two-person and group exhibitions; curated exhibitions; exhibitions from the diplomatic sector, and circulating exhibitions from other institutions. Annual programming includes artist talks, tours and panel discussions as well as one exhibition of the City of Ottawa Art Collection and one exhibition of artwork by a graduating student from the University of Ottawa MFA program.
Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries are located on the main level at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Both galleries are open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. Admission is free.
A public gallery is a forum for the exploration of diverse ideas. The City of Ottawa exhibits artwork in all media that are of interest and importance to the community, that foster a sense of who we are, and that reflect current artistic practice. These exhibitions are presented in the public domain allowing for an appreciation, understanding and interpretation of our past and present through gallery programming.
All documents can be sent electronically via WeTransfer.
Only one proposal per applicant will be considered.
Artwork exhibited at Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries that requires electrical components must be approved and inspected in accordance with the rules defined in the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC), as well as Canadian Standards Association (CSA) prior to acceptance by or installation at the Gallery. For more information, visit the Electrical Safety Authority at www.esasafe.com.
The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists and curators of diverse origins including First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.
All eligible proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:
Each peer assessment committee consists of three art professionals. Individual committee members first review the proposals independently then meet to review them together. The composition of each committee aims to balance representation of artistic specialization, practice, style and philosophy, as well as fair representation of official languages, gender, geographic areas and culture-specific communities. Peer assessment committee members are invited to participate by City employees based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. Committee members change with every competition. If you are interested in participating as a committee member, please email email@example.com.
Send your proposal by WeTransfer or by mail:
Call for proposals: 2018 exhibitions
City of Ottawa Public Art Program
172 Guigues Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H9
Proposals can also be delivered in person to the Routhier Community Centre first floor customer service desk, 172 Guigues Avenue, 613-244-4470. Do not deliver your proposal directly to Karsh-Masson Gallery or to City Hall Art Gallery.
1. Proposal statement
Describe the proposed exhibition’s content and a coherent theme for your show. Two pages or 800 words maximum. Save as a PDF.
2. Proposal synopsis
Summarize the proposal statement. The peer assessment committee will refer to the synopsis as a quick reference during deliberations. 80 words maximum. Save as a PDF.
3. Artistic résumé
Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If multiple artists are involved, include each artist’s résumé and indicate one contact person. Three pages maximum (per artist). Save as a PDF.
4. Image/media list
Include the following information about each image/media file submitted: file number, artist’s name, artwork title, date of work (year), medium and support, metric dimensions, and duration of artwork (if applicable). One page maximum. Save as a PDF.
5. Digital images and/or video or time-based media files
Ten digital image files or ten minutes total of video/media content that support the proposal statement and follow the guidelines listed below.
Image files must be:
Video/time-based media files must be:
Support material that requires specialized software, plug-ins, extensions, or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed (e.g. website hyperlinks or presentations such as PowerPoint) will not be reviewed. Applicants are responsible for testing support materials to ensure readability. The City of Ottawa is not responsible for any loss or damage to support material. CDs, DVDs and USB devices will not be returned. Please retain a copy for your records.
Proposals must be received by Monday, May 1, 2017 or postmarked on or before this date. Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted.
Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email. This email does not confirm that your application is eligible. Applicants will be notified of the peer assessment committee’s decisions by email approximately three months after the proposal deadline. Artistic feedback will not be provided.
Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition fee as outlined by the 2018 CARFAC Fee Schedule. Curators will receive a professional curatorial fee.
The City of Ottawa Public Art Program does not reimburse expenses related to travel, transportation of artwork and accommodation, nor are per diem fees paid.
Following the peer assessment committee’s deliberations, the selected exhibitions will be announced on ottawa.ca. Members of the public are invited to bring forward, within a 30 day period, any concern that the peer assessment committee did not follow the publicly announced criteria and procedures.
Personal Information in your submission is collected under the authority of the City Council approved Public Art Policy.
Personal information will only be used for evaluating your submission and administering the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. City of Ottawa employees and peer assessment committee members are required to treat both the content of submissions and the deliberations of the committee as confidential.
The artist shall retain the copyright of the artworks. Moral rights also remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek copyright permission to reproduce images of the artwork for non-commercial purposes.
Karsh-Masson and City Hall Art galleries are operated by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program.
Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. If you are unable to view documents or require alternative file formats, please complete an Accessible Formats Document Request Form.
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