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City Hall Art Gallery

Location and hours

Exterior of City Hall Art Gallery

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 28425 (TTY: 613-580-2401)

Open daily 9 am to 8 pm, including holidays.
Free admission to exhibitions and events. 
Wheelchair accessible. Paid parking available.

While at City Hall, be sure to visit Karsh-Masson Gallery, featuring contemporary exhibitions by professional artists.


This 1,600 square foot space is one of two professional galleries coordinated by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. Exhibitions are selected annually by a peer assessment committee. Learn more.

Current exhibition

Cheryl Pagurek – Fragile

October 11 to November 27, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Q&A with the artist: Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm

An example of the type of work that will be included in the exhibition.

Cheryl Pagurek, Red and Gold Tea Cup / Charlottesville, 2018, digital print, 61 x 91.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery.

An example of the type of work that will be included in the exhibition.

Cheryl Pagurek, Green tea cup: collectivities (video still), 2017, HD video with stereo sound, 6:28 min. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery.

Videos and photographs from the Tea Cups series explore the tenuous state of current world affairs. Made by projecting contemporary global news imagery into delicate vintage tea cups, these works evoke our own human fragility, the shattering of fragile notions of peace and social democracy, and the vulnerability of the earth itself to natural disaster, all while bringing worldwide events ‘closer to home’.

Catalogue excerpt

The magic of Cheryl Pagurek’s work lies in how she engages, confronts and gets to the heart of the issue. At the same time, she steps aside, as a painter steps away from the canvas with her brush in hand. She invites us to participate in this back and forth, a dynamic force that generates thought and anger, an energy capable of transforming us into passport makers.

- Marc Mercier


Since receiving an MFA from the University of Victoria, Cheryl Pagurek has shown widely in galleries, public art events, and film/video festivals, including exhibits at MSVU Art Gallery, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, VU Photo, Gallery 44, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, and screenings in Canada, France, Brazil, Columbia, Morocco, Egypt and the USA. She installed a permanent video commission at an Ottawa transit station in 2011. Her work is in many public and private collections, and has been reviewed in Canadian, American and British publications.

Cheryl Pagurek gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.

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Upcoming exhibitions

Kaleidoscope: 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection

December 6, 2018 to January 30, 2019
Vernissage: Thursday, December 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Katherine Takpannie, Pushing Through, 2016, digital print on paper, 68 x 97 cm, 2018-0053

This exhibition features a selection of artworks added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2018 through purchase, commission and donation. After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa's neighbourhoods.

Compliance Review: 2019 Exhibitions

Posted August 30, 2018 at 4 pm

The 30-day Compliance Review process is now closed. The final exhibition schedule for the Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery 2019 exhibition season will be announced in November 2018. More information about this 30-day process is included in section 4.2 of the Public Art Policy. Thank you for your interest in this review process.

Call for proposals: 2019 exhibitions

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

Images of City Hall Art Gallery and Karsh-Masson Gallery

(left) Ben Globerman – Call to Prayer, City Hall Art Gallery / Galerie d’art de l’hôtel de ville
(right) Mana Rouholamini – … de patience, Karsh-Masson Gallery / Galerie Karsh-Masson

This competition is now closed. The Call for proposals: 2020 exhibitions at Karsh-Masson‎ and City Hall art galleries will be announced in March 2019. 

Once a year, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program invites professional artists and curators to propose an exhibition. Proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions are presented at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery the following year.

About Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

Exhibitions at Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries feature the work of professional artists working in visual art, media art and fine craft and include 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 practices. These exhibitions are presented in the public domain allowing for an appreciation, understanding and interpretation of our past and present through gallery programming.

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  • Professional visual artists and curators who are emerging, mid-career or established, and working in visual art, media art, fine craft, design and other new art forms. A professional artist is someone who has specialized training in his or her artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions), who is recognized by his or her peers as such, is committed to his or her artistic activity, and has a history of public presentation.
  • Applicants who have exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery within the last two consecutive years are not eligible to apply. City of Ottawa employees and elected representatives are not eligible to apply.

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. The City of Ottawa is committed to supporting cultural activities that respond to the Calls to Action put forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and curators are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

Assessment criteria and process

All eligible applications are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:

  • artistic merit and professionalism
  • regional importance and innovation
  • quality and cohesiveness of the artwork examples and the written proposal statement
  • appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space

Peer assessment committee members first review eligible applications individually 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 chosen based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. Members of the committee change with every competition. City employees are responsible for the selection of peer assessment committee members. If you are interested in participating as a peer assessment committee member, please email


Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition fee as outlined by the 2019 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.

Compliance Review

Following the peer assessment committee’s deliberations, the selected exhibitions will be announced on 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.

Contact us

Karsh-Masson and City Hall Art galleries are operated by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. For inquiries or assistance, please email or call 613-244-6852.

To receive emails about gallery exhibitions, programming and calls for proposals, email with the subject line “subscribe – exhibitions.”

Past exhibitions 2018

Pierre Richardson - What's Big and Small at the Same Time?

University of Ottawa MFA candidate – Thesis exhibition

August 16 to September 23, 2018

As a supplement to our regular programming, City Hall Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts to provide a valuable mentorship and professional development opportunity.

An example of the type of work that will be included in the exhibition.

Pierre Richardson, Between Cats and Dogs, 2018, installation, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Pierre Richardson, Between Cats and Dogs, 2018, installation, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

The work displayed in this space is a large-scale evolutionary improvisational installation that explores narrative, trauma and mental health. Different media create an overwhelming space, which viewers can explore to discover links between various examples of witticisms, gallows humour, photography, paintings, doodles and videos. Richardson’s work tries to capture the experiential feeling of his everyday existence, one wrought with struggle and strife. The arrangement of the paintings is somewhat architectural; they have a structure, but one that seems as if it could collapse at any moment. Themes of war, darkness and desperation are not presented in a negative light, but as a means of achieving growth.

-Artist statement excerpt

An Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist, Pierre Richardson holds a BFA (2016) and is currently pursuing an MFA (2018) from the University of Ottawa. As a person who copes with mental health issues, he explores the dark spaces of the mind. He also seeks out narrative where none is evident as a way of communicating with the subconscious and with viewers of his works.


Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe – void loop()

May 31 to August 8, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, May 31, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artists’ talk: Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Anna Eyler, PAN/PAN (video still), multi-channel video, 4 min 23 sec. Courtesy of the artist.

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Nicolas Lapointe, Regard des mages (detail), 2017, aluminium, Plexiglas and electronic components, 150 x 220 x 365 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Catalogue excerpt

Navigating the peculiarly demarcated oases of the virtual, commenting on the speculative nature of screens, and capitalizing on technology’s ability to inspire belief, void loop() is a contemporary meditation on spirituality, pregnant with cautionary messages about the precariousness of our times. If these works represent only a small portion of Eyler’s and Lapointe’s broader investigation on the entanglements of technology, transcendence, and phenomenal occurrences, they exemplify our urge to read fullness and significance into the immaterial void, from the vast expanse of the empyrean regions, down to the void of a video display monitor.

- Laura Demers


Anna Eyler holds a BA in Religious Studies and Art History from Carleton University (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). Recent awards include the Artengine New Media Award (2015), the Spark Box Residency Award (2016), and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2017). Her work was included in FILE: Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017). Eyler is an MFA candidate in Sculpture at Concordia University.

Nicolas Lapointe is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal, Quebec. He holds a Diploma in Visual Arts from the CÉGEP de l’Outaouais (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). Lapointe is the recipient of several awards, including the Dale and Nick Tedeschi Studio Arts Fellowship. Lapointe is an MFA candidate in Sculpture at Concordia University.


Jordan Seal – Wealth of the Eternal Garden

March 22 to May 23, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, April 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Joint opening with the Karsh-Masson Gallery.
Artist talk: Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm

An example of Jordan seal's work

Jordan Seal, Helone Yahbixellis, 2017, acrylic, ethyl alcohol, watercolour, wax, oil stick and oil pastel on paper, 46 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

An example of Jordan seal's work

Jordan Seal, Aycha Nurilo, 2018, watercolour on paper, 43 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist statement excerpt

I wish to create a garden for you. It is overgrown, alive and bustling with alternative plants and insects. Fauna and flora from a secret world, an untouchable realm. I wish to express the principles of the divine through a plethora of organic abstraction. I strive to construct creations that lie outside our universe and yet parallel it. Nature begins again in isolation. I have eschewed measurements, sketches, references, strict geometry. I denounce the brutal vulgarity of the straight line and the square. I begin from nothing and build into a frenzy. I champion the curve, indulging in sensual textures. I am driven to express the uniqueness that pervades being.


Jordan Seal grew up in Ottawa and lived there for most of his life. He vividly remembers drawing when he was young. Making art has allowed him to preserve and foster the wonder and creative jubilation from his youth. Along with being a visual artist, he is a poet, writer, musician, dancer, and performer. He previously organized his own art shows. He believes strongly in the DIY ethic. He believes in having art exchanged for donations. He is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Art, a place where he felt accepted and part of a community. He is a co-founder of the Art of the Uncarved Block, a music label that puts out punk, indie and outsider music. Much of his artistic output is involved in the music scene. Jordan sees art as a spiritual and cultural pursuit that enriches society. There is a strange and brilliant kingdom toward which he is working.

Ben Globerman – Call to Prayer

January 17 to March 14, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, February 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Musical performance and Q&A: Sunday, February 18, 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

three-speaker audio installation

Ben Globerman, Call to Prayer (installation view), 2017, three-speaker audio installation, 28:00 minutes. Photo: Lisa Palladini, courtesy of the artist.

three-speaker audio installation

Ben Globerman, Call to Prayer (installation view), 2017, three-speaker audio installation, 28:00 minutes. Photo: Lisa Palladini, courtesy of the artist.

Catalogue Excerpt

“All roads lead to the one House

from one seed a thousand ears of corn emerge.”


For the 13th-century Persian mystic and poet Rumi, the many can be found in the one; different paths lead to the same destination. The purpose of Call to Prayer is to explore those different paths and bring them together through their music. Call to Prayer is an immersive, sonic installation drawing on the musical traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Beginning as separate threads, the voices of three Ottawa vocalists (in order of appearance: Daniel Benlolo, Terri-Lynn Mitchell and Mona Bahumaid) gradually become entwined, ultimately forming a tonal fabric that finds harmony in difference.


Ben Globerman is a musician, sound designer, and multimedia artist based in Ottawa. He holds an MA in European Studies (Carleton University) with a specialization in migration, and a BA in Religious Studies (Carleton University), and is a graduate from the Red Bull Music Academy (New York, USA). He is particularly interested in translating conceptual ideas to sound. Ben has composed works for film, theatre, and installation, and has created projects in diverse fields such as healthcare, fashion and public services. Under his Cabaal moniker, he has performed throughout North America, and released four LPs. His installations have explored themes of religious pluralism, bleeding-edge technology, and the therapeutic qualities of sound.

Ben Globerman gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.



From January 2014 to September 2017, the gallery was programmed by the Ottawa Art Gallery under the name OAG Annex.


  • November 29, 2013 to January 12, 2014
    David Barbour - Home 
    Discover the quiet of the winter urban landscape in this series of black and white panoramic photographs of Ottawa at night, taken with a large-format camera within walking distance of where the artist lived.
  • October 11 to November 17, 2013
    Raymond Aubin - Au jour le jour (Day by Day)
    Assuming the role of cyber-onlooker for one year, Raymond Aubin observed the daily flow of passersby on a Times Square sidewalk by way of a live web cam. Aubin carried out thousands of freeze frames muddled by the artifacts of digital compression. His photographic display extends beyond the gallery walls, occupying the entire space.
  • August 30 to September 29, 2013
    Recent additions to the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection
    Featuring many of the 2012 acquisitions, including site-specific commissions and significant donations, this is an exhibition not to be missed! After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa's neighbourhoods.
  • June 14 to July 28, 2013
    Karina Bergmans - Ligaments and Ligatures
    The exhibition, Ligaments and Ligatures, connects textile organ sculptures with word association to common diseases. A tension is created by the seriousness of the subject matter and the tangibility of the materials.
  • April 26 to June 2, 2013
    Charles Stankievech - The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond
    Presented by the City of Ottawa and the National Arts Centre, in collaboration with SAW Video and Ottawa Art Gallery, the exhibition features a looping film installation shot at the northernmost settlement on earth—Canadian Forces Station Alert, Nunavut.
  • February 8 to April 7, 2013
    Lorraine Gilbert & Christopher Varady-Szabo - I
    Sharing an interest in the life of trees and in their value as channels for the flow of visible and hidden energies, Gilbert and Varady-Szabo have collaborated to create photographs of trees and tree-inspired photo-drawings that inhabit the gallery and sometimes dialogue in the same pictorial space.


  • November 30, 2012 to January 20, 2013
    Véronique Chagnon-Côté - La capture (The Capture)
    The garden is a closed setting, a development, a structure where men have decided to organize nature. It is a natural space created from scratch, constructed and shaped by humanity to capture the landscape.
  • September 21 to November 18, 2012
    Pedro Isztin - The River
    Pedro Isztin's photographic work discovers and uncovers moments of sacred natural beauty with diversity, sensitivity and depth. One of his most recent projects (2004-11), The River, features scenes from the Ottawa (Outaouais) River between Ottawa, Aylmer and Hull.
  • July 13 to September 9, 2012
    Close to Home
    This exhibition features works acquired in 2011 by the City's Fine Art Collection through commission, donation and acquisition.
  • May 11 to July 1st, 2012
    SAW Video - Tape Heads: Video Art & Technology in the 1980s
    The early days of video art in Ottawa will be highlighted in this historical exhibition marking SAW Video's 30th anniversary (1981-2011).
  • March 16 to April 29, 2012
    Jonathan Hobin - Little Lady / Little Man
    This photographic exhibition reflects on the death of a husband and wife through the use of lullaby, vintage photographs and life-size deathbed portraiture.
  • January 20 to March 4, 2012 
    Donna Legault - Cymatic Imprints
    By making sound visible through material, Cymatic Imprints is a delicate and poetic augmentation that makes for a subtle acoustic experience.


  • November 11, 2011 to January 8, 2012
    Ramses Madina - Night for Day: Road Crews
    Night For Day is a work in progress examining artificial light within the context of industrial nightshift operations. On exhibit is part one, entitled Road Crews, which focuses on nightshift road building.
  • September 2 to October 23, 2011
    Andrew Smith - Of the Appearance of Bees
    Abstract painting has the potential to portray an expansive and open-ended realm of reflection on what it might be like to see and feel a place that is of the order of the perceiving body. These paintings are spatial metaphors of the manner or characteristics of how we may relate to bees.
  • July 1st to August 21, 2011
    kipjones - interstices: an intervening space
    To think about space and to create an understanding of it must be to move between thinking of our built environments and our experiences of them.
  • April 22 to June 12, 2011
    Place and Circumstance: New additions to the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection
    This exhibition features recent acquisitions, commissions and donations to the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection.
  • January 28 to April 3, 2011
    Paul Roorda - Take Notice
    Vintage encyclopedia pictures and Polaroid sky photos are nailed to utility posts, becoming weathered over time. Discovered on location or viewed as a collection in the gallery, they reflect the escalating anxiety about climate change that has replaced the fading optimism of unsustainable progress.


  • December 3, 2010 to January 16, 2011
    Perceptions: Reinterpreting the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection
    Non-traditional ways of experiencing works of art — from touch to sound — will be explored in this exhilarating exhibit, which demonstrates how arts and culture can be accessible and inclusive. The show coincides with International Day of Persons with Disabilities and includes works from the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection. Presented in collaboration with the City's Community Arts Program and community partners.
  • October 8 to November 21, 2010
    Susan Feindel and Paul Walde - Melting the True North
    Science and art are linked in this exhibit by a shared respect for the North, as a lived reality rather than an abstract idea. After separate journeys to Northern Canada and Norway, artists Susan Feindel and Paul Walde created artworks that show the fragility of the natural elements that make up the Arctic landscape.
  • July 23 to September 26, 2010
    Louis Helbig - Beautiful Destruction : Alberta Tar Sands Aerial Photographs
    Louis Helbig's aerial images teeter between documentary and abstract. The tension between their beauty and what they represent — the man-made alteration and destruction of a landscape — stimulates both thought and imagination.
  • March 11 to May 2, 2010
    Jennifer Stead - A long, drawn out story
    This evolving exhibit will result in a final image that is as much a discovery to the artist as to the observer. That's because from mid-March to the end of April, artist Jennifer Stead will turn City Hall Art Gallery into a studio as she creates a charcoal landscape that fills its walls.