SAW Gallery is an artist-run centre unlike any other. Since its inception in 1973, SAW has been a supporter of politically and socially engaged art, specialising in performance and media arts. SAW Video Cooperative was established by the local founders of the centre in 1981 in order to support independent video and documentary artists, along with their highly regarded multidisciplinary space Club SAW.
The L.A. Pai Gallery, established in 2000 and directed by Lisa Pai, has worked tirelessly in its promotion of contemporary emerging and established artists since it opened its doors. The gallery is known for seeking out and presenting the most promising developments in contemporary Canadian jewellery and sculpture. The gallery exhibits works in ceramic, fibre, glass, metal, mixed media and photographic print.
Orange Art Gallery has been steadily making a name for itself in Ottawa’s growing arts scene since it opened in April 2010. Located at the popular Parkdale Market in Wellington Village, the gallery showcases a diverse range of contemporary arts from abstract painting to metal sculpture and represents a number of talented contemporary artists from Ottawa and the surrounding areas, such as metal sculptor Chris Banfalvi and abstract landscape painter Anita Utas.
Established in 1979 by a group of Ottawa artists, non-profit artist-run centre and charity Gallery 101 is dedicated to the professional presentation and circulation of visual and media art. During the 1990s, the gallery developed their focus on media arts including sound, video and experimental cinema for which they are now known.
Cube Gallery is located in Ottawa’s vibrant arts and food area, West Village. The brainchild of artist and curator Don Monet, Cube opened in 2005. The Gallery features a new group show every month and has an extremely flexible approach to the type and size of works on show. Monet himself says that ‘this is the kind of gallery that gives you room to really stand back and look at the art’.
Now recognised as an independent charitable organisation, the Ottawa Art Gallery has developed over the years into one of the city’s finest contemporary art venues. They have an extensive exhibition and programme calendar including public, education and community programmes, a summer camp and an annual art auction.