Thames Art Gallery

The Thames Art Gallery is dedicated to promoting the understanding, appreciation, conservation, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the community of Chatham-Kent for present and future generations. The Gallery places emphasis on public arts education programming and multidisciplinary exhibitions programming.

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Re-opening September 16, 2020 with New Exhibition by Prominent Canadian Artist Patrick Mahon

Patrick Mahon: Messagers' Forum Exhibit at Thames Art Gallery

We look forward to welcoming you back with a safe and inspiring space for everyone. 

After an extended closure due to COVID-19, the Thames Art Gallery will open its doors to the public once again.

As of September 16, the gallery will welcome the general public during temporarily reduced hours, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday. The gallery will also hold a special hour for seniors from 11:00 AM to noon.

The gallery is particularly excited to present an exhibition so relevant to its community's recent experiences. Canadian artist Patrick Mahon's new show "Messagers' Forum" is a very timely engagement with Culture at the intersection of art and activism. In this beautifully crafted and thought provoking exhibit, Mahon explores the roots of this country's colonial past and asks: can we be "messagers" capable of reaching over the walls which divide us? And if so, how?

Collaboration is a vital part of Mahon's practice. In the mezzanine gallery view, "The Questions Project". Mahon worked with Ursuline College Chatham students to produce a series of works investigating how Culture is changing. His work with the students took place during the early days of the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.

The artist will visit TAG to give an overview of the exhibit on Friday, September 18 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 PM.  Please register as spaces are limited. Registration is available by calling 226.312.2023 x4425 or email

TAG would like to reassure patrons that all recommended safety measures are being taken, including the requirement to wear masks in compliance with Municipal by-laws. Access to the gallery will be walk-in/sign-in, and will be limited to 30 people at any one time.

While there will be no formal opening for this exhibition due to COVID precautions, small group and social bubble tours are welcome. To request a tour please contact the gallery at 226.312.2023 x4425. Admission to the gallery is free. Donations are welcome.

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Gallery Hours:

Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Thursday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Friday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Saturday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Sunday Closed


By entering, you acknowledge and agree on behalf of yourself and those for whom you are a parent or guardian, that as an indoor facility the use of this building may include possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases such as COVID-19, and you freely assume all such risks.


The Gallery is in changeover every 6 weeks and is closed for 4 days during these installations please refer to the Current and Upcoming Exhibitions tab for details on opening receptions and dates.

The Thames Art Gallery is a third-party recommender for Zone 1 of the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance program. For more information about this program please visit this link:, here you will also find fillable forms for application.