Criticism and the Art of Slow Looking: Writing Workshop with Candice Hopkins

Saturday April 26, from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Registration 40$, 32$ for students and OAG members. Sign up by email or by telephone: 613-233-8699 x260

This workshop will focus on the basis of good art criticism: looking. Participants will develop new, short pieces of writing based on observation of specific works of art for extended periods of time enabling close looking, immersive attention and patience to drive the writing process. Readings will include essays on art and criticism by Leo Steinberg, David Levi Strauss, Susan Sontag, and Richard W. Hill and art historian Jennifer L. Roberts on "The Power of Patience." Participants' writing will be workshopped collectively, ending with a discussion on what makes good criticism.

Talk and Tour with Artist Rémi Thériault

Thursday May 8, 7:00 pm | Free

Join the artist for a closer look at the works in the exhibition Rémi Thériault: Front. Hear firsthand accounts of his travels to France and Belgium, where he photographed private, public, hidden and revealed sites of historical significance to the unfolding of the First World War.

Creative Sundays

Every Sunday, from October to May

Creative Sundays are where the whole family can make art for free, all afternoon! It's where you can discover the exhibitions, spend time with family and friends, and create your own masterpiece to take home. No need to register or sign up, just drop in whenever it's convenient for your family.

When? Every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm
Where? At the Ottawa Art Gallery: 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
How much? It's free!


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.

Rémi Thériault: Front

February 7 to June 6, 2014

Twenty-fourteen marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War. To commemorate this significant conflict in the history of Western civilization, Front reflects on the role nature plays in helping individuals heal and remember. 

David R. Harper: Entre le chien et le loup

February 7 to June 6, 2014

A multi-layered expression, “entre chien et loup” is used to describe a specific time of day, just before night, when the light is so dim one cannot distinguish a dog from a wolf. It expresses an uncertain threshold between hope and fear, between the familiar and comfortable, and the unknown and dangerous.

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.