MARCH  ISSUE


On February 8th and 9th 2017 the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Ontario Museums Association hosted a two-day Canadian Conservation Institute workshop on modern information carriers and digital preservation. It featured Canadian Heritage Information Network speakers, Ern Bieman, Heritage Information Analyst and Joe Iraci, Senior Conservation Scientist. The workshop explored preservation of physical carriers, best practices for preserving digital information, digital content policies, and software solutions for digital preservation.

With 20 participants from different arts and culture institutions in Ontario, the workshop was a great success. We thank everyone who attended, our informative speakers, CCI and our partner the OMA for helping run this insightful event!

Image Credit: The Textile Museum of Canada 


Wednesday March 15, 2017

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2H5

Art Handling for Storage and Exhibition Installation will look at the best strategies, skills and practices for handling an art collection; learning how to better preserve Canadian cultural property and artwork in storage and during exhibition installation within one’s organizations and institutions.   

Topics covered will include: 

  • Policies and Art Handling 
  • Interactive Session on Art Handling Policies: When Policies Are and Are Not Followed
  • The Basics of Art Handling: Practical Crash Course

NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. Preference is given to OAAG Members.

More information about this event and registration details can be found on our website


Image Credit: Bata Shoe Museum 


Wednesday March 29, 2017

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7


Digitization of Collections will explore building and sustaining digital collections and making them accessible, as well as understanding the impact on the museum and gallery. The presenters will discuss and share their knowledge from their institutional perspectives providing practical solutions, knowledge and skills.

Topics covered will include: 

  • Policies and Art Handling 
  • Connecting Collections to Audiences
  • Image Licensing, Image Copyright and Image Quality
NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. Preference is given to OAAG Members.

More information about this event and registration details can be found on our website
The impacts of digital technology on Canadian culture has recently been an extremely popular topic of discussion amongst politicians as the federal government looks to develop and rework its Canadian cultural policy and produce a new toolkit and framework this year. Two reports have been released on digital technology in the past three months by the federal government.
The final report on the Canadian Content in a Digital World Consultation (#DigiCanCon), developed by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, was released on February 21, 2017. The consultations, which ran from September to November 2016, “sought to gain insights from a wide range of creators, cultural stakeholders and citizens in order to identify what needs to be done to support Canada’s creative economy.” The report highlights eight key themes, including adapting current funding models, the modernization of Canada’s legislative framework and reasserting the role of Canadian creators in the digital age. 
Additionally, in December 2016 the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage released an Interim Report On Media Study: The Impact of Digital Technology. This report explores the concerns and proposals of industry stakeholders who have come before the committee with fears that the media sector in Canada is presently in “crisis.” In the coming months the government plans to release a final report on the topic with its own recommendations.

Interactive Ontario has also produced a report, Measuring Success: The Impact of the Interactive Digital Media Sector in Ontario, that was released on February 15, 2017. It highlights the contributions of Ontario’s Interactive Media sector, particularly in relation to the economy and Ontario’s job market. The report can be downloaded here.
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries sends out its congratulations to OAAG member gallery AGYU and its director Philip Monk, one of 8 winners of the 2017 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts! 

Philip Monk is the director of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) since 2003. Last year he won an OAAG Award in Curatorial Art Writing for his work Is Toronto Burning? Three Years in the Making (and unmaking) of the Toronto Art Scene.

OAAG extends its congratulations to all 8 winners of this years award!

If she were writing The Death And Life Of Great American Cities today, Jane Jacobs might include 401 Richmond as an example of new ways of working that are transforming Toronto's former factories into sites of post-industrial innovation. 

Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court project gets $6.5M boost from the federal government.
After decades of public policy nurturing, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s cultural sector is mature and ready to take off on the world stage.


This grant offered by the Ontario Arts Council supports Ontario-based Indigenous arts professionals and arts professionals of colour for professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance applicants’ work and careers.

It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. Projects can include: study and training, mentorship, internship and apprenticeship, and documentation of art work. Individual Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour, or collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour are eligible for this grant. 

Grant amounts: maximum $10,000.

Deadline Dates: March 21 and October 17, 2017, 1 pm ET

Information and further grant guidelines can be found on the Ontario Arts Council website. Questions can be directed to Bushra Junaid at


Community Project Coordinator
Art Gallery of Mississauga

Assistant Editor, Publications & Exhibitions
Art Gallery of Ontario

Assistant Manager, Visitor Services
Art Gallery of Ontario

Exhibition Designer
Art Gallery of Ontario

Manager, Development Special Events
Art Gallery of Ontario

Manager, Curatorial Affairs
Art Gallery of Ontario

Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator
Harbourfront Centre (Power Plant)

Event and Outreach Coordinator
Latcham Gallery

Child & Youth Photography Instructor (Contract)
Living Arts Centre Mississauga

Summer Camp Counsellor (Contract)
Living Arts Centre Mississauga

To submit a job opportunity please email the details of the position to Word (.doc) format prefered.

Engagement by Peter Adams
March 1 - April 29, 2017
Agnes Jamieson Gallery

Gunma Print Artist Association
March 1 - March 30, 2017
Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery

ARTISTS of the FUTURE: General Amherst & St. Thomas of Villanova 
March 2 - March 19, 2017
The Gibson Gallery (Fort Malden Guild of Arts & Crafts)

Ken Lum: A Matter of Life and Death
March 2 - April 16, 2017
Art Gallery of Mississauga

Nam Phi Dang's Somewhere Else
March 2 - April 16, 2017
Art Gallery of Mississauga

mAPPing the Territory
March 7 - March 30, 2017
Humber Galleries, North Space

THEN and NOW – Rug Hooking in Canada
March 9 - April 30, 2017
Art Gallery of Northumberland

Art is Art
March 10 - April 16, 2017
Ottawa Art Gallery, Annex inside Ottawa City Hall

David Merritt: SWRV
March 10 - April 30, 2017
Thames Art Gallery

Salon 44
March 10 - March 25, 2017 
Gallery 44

Does the oyster sleep?
March 10 - April 15, 2017 
Gallery TPW 

Elemental Mariposa: The Makers
March 11 - July 23, 2017 
Orillia Museum of Art and History

Annual Juried Exhibition
March 11 - April 29, 2017
Latcham Gallery

Ken Nicol: Obsessive Compulsive Order
March 11 - May 7, 2017
Gallery Stratford

The Facing Page: Illustrations by Scott McKowe
March 11 - May 7, 2017
Gallery Stratford

Paper Effects: A Selection of Works from the Permanent Collection
March 11 - May 7, 2017
Gallery Stratford

Our Cosmic Geometries - Images from the Two Worlds
Dermot Wilson & Leszek Wyczolkowski

March 12 - April 9, 2017
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington 

Elizabeth Barrett Milner: rare
March 13 - May 27, 2017
Norfolk Arts Centre

Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists’ featuring Nancy Peng
March 19 - April 23, 2017
Homer Watson House & Gallery

Arthur Shilling: The Final Works
March 23 - June 25, 2017
MacLaren Art Centre 

From My Heart: CINDY SHAFER 
March 23 - April 16, 2017
The Gibson Gallery (Fort Malden Guild of Arts & Crafts)

Maggie Groat: Suns also Seasons
March 24 - June 11, 2017
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum
March 24 - April 8, 2017
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto

Iza Campos: You Are Listenin
March 24 - April 22, 2017
Open Studio 

Gabriela Jolowicz: Church Playground
March 24 - April 22, 2017
Open Studio 

Judith Klugerman, Annyen Lam and Ann Unger: Cut. Woven. Folded. 
March 24 - April 22, 2017
Open Studio 

ANDIL GOSINE: “Coolie, Coolie, viens pour curry. Le curry est tout fini!”
March 25 - May 21, 2017
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

Cosima von Bonin: Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea?
March 26 - May 28, 2017
Oakville Galleries, Gairloch Gardens

Sojourner Truth Parsons:  Holding Your Dog At Night
March 26 - May 28, 2017
Oakville Galleries, Centennial Square

Generation Yet Unnamed
March 29 - May 7, 2017
Idea Exchange, Queen's Square

Modern Wand
March 31 - May 27, 2017 
Idea Exchange, Preston

Deirdre Logue: Double Double 
March 31 - April 29, 2017 
Gallery 44

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