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Best Contemporary Art in Ottawa

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SAW Galerie

Nestled at the heart of the city, SAW Galerie is a must-visit for all art enthusiasts in town. This art gallery is known for showcasing the artworks of the local artists. Every art piece at this venue talks about the social and political situation of Canada, giving it a one-of-its-kind identity. There are also interactive multimedia exhibits unlike other art galleries. Besides, this venue has also been a host to several music performances regularly.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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The Ottawa Art Gallery

Owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Art Gallery is one of few major Ottawa attractions which is not associated with the federal government. The Firestone Collection here at the gallery is a first class exhibition of Canadian art, including works by Paul-Émile Borduas, Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. A modest collection of modern art showcases lesser-known Canadian artists. The gallery does a roaring trade in rental art, while temporary exhibits focus on the city's physical and cultural development.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Orange Art Gallery

Showcasing contemporary artworks and designs by local artists, Orange Art Gallery is a great place to visit if you want to get a glimpse of the local art scene of Ottawa. Works by talented local artists like David Cation, Christina Lovisa and Michael Silverstone are regularly featured. The gallery also doubles up as a school for novice art enthusiasts every Monday. Beginners can learn the basics of figurative and Encaustic paintings, polymer clay sculpting and mixed media arts through a five week introduction course. The best time to visit this gallery is during the first Thursday of every month when they host a fascinating Art Walk Event.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Cube Gallery

Set in a spacious place, Cube Gallery is a contemporary art gallery showcasing works by both local and international artists. This avant-garde museum takes the Ottawa art scene up a notch and is the perfect place if you want to indulge your senses in contemporary art, design, sculptures and a lot more. It’s easy to see that each piece on display is chosen with utmost care and effort. Rosalie Favell, William Ronald, Peter Monet, Greg Ludlow are some of the artists whose works are regularly featured. The homey atmosphere of the Cube Gallery is livened up often with various events taking place throughout the year. Attend live music events, dance performances, poetry readings and even plays and public lectures among other fascinating events. Stop by for a cultural dose and marvel at the tasteful and thought-provoking artworks, that clearly bring attention to the keen eye of the curator.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Wall Space Gallery

Raising the bar for other art galleries around, Wall Space Gallery is a modern and hip gallery showcasing everything from sculptures to abstract, contemporary artwork. Not only does the gallery feature tasteful, contemporary artworks by emerging and mid-career artists, but it also houses rotating exhibitions, events and other activities that ensure there is always a lot happening at the museum. Once you are here, definitely check out the collection of fine jewelry they have on offer. The museum also provides custom picture framing services and installation services at pocket-friendly prices.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Koyman Galleries

Home to beautiful paintings created by established as well as budding, Canadian artists, the Koyman Galleries is a must-visit for any art aficionado. Covering a wide spectrum of themes, each painting at Koyman Galleries has a unique story to narrate, all you need is a passion for art to study these masterpieces. In addition to beauties on canvas, Koyman Galleries also has stunning photographs on display. If you are a collector of art then this place will coax you to update your collection.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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