Ottawa Art Gallery

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Located in Ottawa’s vibrant downtown core, the newly expanded Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) offers a creative and unique alternative for meetings and events. Bright and open spaces, state-of-the-art accessible facilities, and world-class, chef-prepared meals create the perfect setting for a memorable event. The gallery showcases rotating exhibits of Canadian art and shares the architectural complex with the luxury boutique hotel Le Germain.

OAG spans five floors, with more than 55,000 square feet of programmable space, including a dedicated gallery for the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, which includes works by the Group of Seven; two outdoor rooftop terraces, one approximately 2,500 square feet, and the other offering a view of the Peace Tower; and a large multi-purpose room with retractable seating for 250, or standing capacity for 380.  

“The OAG is looking forward to hosting meetings, conferences, receptions and cultural events once again” says Beth Evans, Facilities and Events Manager at the Ottawa Art Gallery. “Several operational changes have been made to ensure the safety of visitors and staff including: timed visits, lower building capacities, regular cleaning of public washrooms and “high contact” areas every 30 minutes, and thorough cleaning of the building twice daily.” 

OAG has also adapted event planning and logistics to execute successful events under the current COVID-19 restrictions. Floorplans will accommodate physical distancing measures, lowered room capacities align with public health recommendations, and comprehensive cleaning procedures have been developed specific to each event/meeting space. Additionally, OAG is working with preferred AV suppliers to invest in new video conferencing technology, enabling clients to supplement their event with virtual participation options.

Currently on exhibit with free admission is the year-long celebration of one hundred years of the Group of Seven- “(Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 years”; the poignantly playful multimedia practice of Canadian artist Russell Yuristy – “Russell Yuristy: The Inside of Elephants And All Kinds Of Things”; “Rhythmscape”, the North American Debut of this international exhibition originally shown in South Korea and Japan; and Jennifer Dickson’s “Credo Project”, a series of photographs that illustrate architectural spaces of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

To learn more about event bookings at the Ottawa Art Gallery, click here.

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