Ottawa Art Scene

Ottawa Art Scene

The Ottawa art scene’s variety is apparent in the sheer number of galleries that are scattered throughout the region. Ottawa knows the importance of supporting its thriving art community. Ottawa has an abundance of galleries that showcase different styles of art, along with a nod to our Aboriginal heritage, our French and English ancestries, and our multicultural diversity. Artists have been struggling with defining the true Canadian identity in mediums including sculpture, painting, lithographs, photographs, mixed media and much more.


National Gallery of Canada

nationalartgalleryThe Ottawa art scene is proud to include the National Gallery of Canada in its midst. Feast your eyes on the gallery’s collection of works of art, both historic and contemporary. The collection covers Canadian Art, Indigenous Art, International Art, Asian Art, Prints & Drawings, Photographs and Contemporary Art. In addition to the permanent collection, there are always exhibitions going on. Keep your eye on the gallery’s website at for upcoming exhibitions.

City Hall Art Gallery

An exploration of Ottawa’s cityscape, residents, and current events.

Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
613.580.2424 ext. 28425

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Free Admission

Gallery 101

This is a non-profit, artist-run centre that specializes in professional presentation and circulation of visual and media arts. They are known in the Ottawa art scene for its Aboriginal and culturally diverse programming with emphasis on Aboriginal and Inuit artistic voices., including multicultural and Franco-Ontarian identities.

301 1/2 Bank Street, 2nd floor (across from Hartman’s Grocery)

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Indian and Inuit Art Centre

Lobby, 10 Wellington Street(Les Terrassses de la Chaudiere)Gatineau, Quebec

Just a short hop across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, you can find the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Art Gallery. The gallery represents works of art by Canadian First Nations (Indian), Inuit, and Metis artists. Their collection of over 4,000 works includes basketry, beadwork, carvings, ceramics, drawings, installation art, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture and textiles from 1960’s until now.

Karsh-Masson Gallery

136 St. Patrick Street
613.580.2424 (ext. 14167)

Wednesday: noon – 5 p.m.
Thursday: noon – 8 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.

FREE Admission

SAW (Sussex Annex Works) Gallery

A contemporary art gallery that focuses on performance and media arts. It is an artist-run centre with innovative programming, outreach and exchange initiatives.

67 Nicholas Street

Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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