5 Great Ottawa Art Walks
5 Great Ottawa Art Walks
Canada’s National Capital Region is full of intriguing galleries, museums and art. Here are some tips for rewarding art walks in five different parts of the region.
On the north shore of the Ottawa River is the French-speaking city of Gatineau. One of its biggest attractions is the Canadian Museum of History (100, rue Laurier), but it’s also home to smaller galleries such as Galerie Montcalm (25, rue Laurier), Espace Pierre-Debain (120, rue Principale), Daïmôn (78, rue Hanson) and AXENÉO7 (80, rue Hanson, pictured below featuring art by Natasha Doyon), whose director, Stefan St-Laurent, highlights one of his favourite spaces: “The new artist cooperative Le temporaire (75, rue St-Rédempteur) in Hull, the oldest party of the city, takes us back to the ’70s with its grungy location and unpretentious vibe—in 2015, David Byrne of the Talking Heads rented a bike to ditch Ottawa and spent his day on the French side to hear some local bands. He wrote about his jaunt in the Guardian, which irrevocably (finally) took Hull out of the shadows of Parliament Hill.” Visit between August 18 and September 23 to attend the Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en Outaouais, a contemporary textile and fibre-arts festival that hosts exhibitions and events across the region.
2. Byward Market and Beyond
Just over the bridge from Gatineau is the National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Dr.), which houses the new Canadian Photography Institute, is the organizing institution for the Sobey Art Award and is hosting the US Embassy’s Contemporary Conversations series. Also in the Byward Market, just a stone’s throw from the NGC, are Galerie Jean-Claude Bergeron (150 St. Patrick St.), Galerie St-Laurent + Hill (293 Dalhousie St.), Galerie d’art Vincent (1 Rideau St.), SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St.) and the Ottawa Art Gallery (2 Daly Ave.). Enjoy Inuit carvings and Cape Dorset prints at Snow Goose Gallery (83 Sparks St.), and visit the main floor of City Hall to find Karsh-Masson Gallery (110 Laurier Ave. W., pictured below hosting works by Jason Paradis). As of April 31, PDA Projects (361 Elgin St.) will leave the Golden Triangle to become a roving pop-up project space.
3. Centretown and Little Italy
After visiting Wallack Galleries (225 Bank St.) in Centretown, walk through Chinatown—stopping to pay a visit at Central Art Garage (66 Lebreton St. N.), an old auto-mechanic shop reclaimed by Danny Hussey and Bridget Thompson. From there, head to Little Italy, where you will find eclectic local art at Orange Art Gallery (290 City Centre Ave.).
4. Around the Glebe
Centretown West is home to Gallery 101 (51B Young St.), while Studio Sixty Six (202–66 Muriel St.) is in the historic Glebe district. Go east to visit Koyman Galleries (1771 St. Laurent Blvd.) and south to find Patrick Mikhail Gallery (2401 Bank St.).