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Thames Art Gallery
Deanna Bowen A Harlem Nocturne Exhibition

Thames Art Gallery


Covid-19 Update

Due to recent changes to Provincial regulations, TAG will temporarily close January 5, 2022 to January 26, 2022. Those registered for art classes will be contacted.


Please pre-register for gallery visits one hour in advance if possible.  Walk-in traffic will be accommodated provided space is available.  Masks, social distancing and provision of contact information are required for all visitors. All gallery events such as openings and programs will require proof of vaccination in line with current government regulations and by-laws.

Book Your Gallery Visit Online 

The Thames Art Gallery is a part of the Arts + Culture division of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent dedicated to promoting the understanding, appreciation, conservation and enjoyment of the visual arts in the community for both present and future generations. The gallery places an emphasis on public arts education programming and multidisciplinary exhibition programming.


Information & Services

Hours: Open Wednesday to Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Address: Chatham Cultural Centre, 75 William Street North, Chatham, Ontario

Phone: 519-360-1998

Email: ckartgallery@chatham-kent.ca

Website: www.tagartspace.com

Admission: By donation

Fully wheelchair accessible


What's On

  • Showcasing four exhibitions from November 19 to January 16. Opening Reception November 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

  1. Doris Slater Titus: Retrospective 1941-1964
  2. Danielle Margaret Coleman: A Love to Stay
  3. Through Her Eyes
  4. ARTspace hosts Exhibition and ARTsale at the Chatham Cultural Centre

Exhibitions

Through Her Eyes

November 19, 201 - January 16, 2022

Opening Reception: November 19 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

"Through Her Eyes" celebrates the vibrant and astute women who have played a pivotal role in developing the cultural landscape of Chatham-Kent. Featuring the work of numerous artists drawn from the collections of the Thames Art Gallery and the CK Museum, this exhibition also honours the unyielding support of key players and influential organizations like the Chatham-Kent Art Association, The Women's Committee and Studio Ten. Chatham Kent owes a great deal to the efforts and successes of the remarkable women whose contributions continue to shape our present and our future. 

Doris Slater Titus: Retrospective (1941-1964)

November 19, 2021 - January 16, 2022

Opening Reception: November 19 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This exhibition features the work of artist and educator Doris Slater Titus and marks the first solo exhibition of her work in nearly 60 years. It features Titus's comic book illustrations, commercial designs, mural samples, and over twenty-five paintings and drawings from private and public collections across Canada and England. During her short life, Titus was often subjected to sexism and discrimination that overshadowed her artistic accomplishments. Today, she is recognized as the first woman comic book artist in Canada and for her experiments with abstract painting, such as using her own bathwater as a medium. These unique paintings demonstrate Titus's passion for colour, understanding of composition, and enthusiasm for changing styles. Less is known about the murals she painted, based on folk tales and nursery rhymes, for Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, which are now believed to be destroyed. For these and other reasons, Doris Slater Titus has made a significant contribution to the cultural history of Canada.

This exhibition is curated by Matthew Ryan Smith and is circulated by the Glenhyrst Art Gallery.

Danielle Coleman

November 19, 2021 - January 16, 2022

Opening Reception: November 19 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Love to Stay is a site-specific installation conceptually exploring the discourse of romantic relationships while considering the kitsch qualities of the perfect loving home, women's work and traditional images produced around idealized romantic relationships. This site-specific installation focuses on the element of kitsch, the nostalgia of past relationships, previous heartache and celebrates the adoration of her current romantic relationship like a dollar store on Valentine's Day - confessionally emphasizing a love that is here to stay.

Gift of Art: Holiday Exhibition and ARTsale

November 19, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Opening Reception: November 19 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate another year of remarkable art-making in CK! The Gift of Art will feature hand-made work from some of CK's most talented artists and artisans, including painting, pottery, wood-turning, and printmaking so don't miss this opportunity to check off the art lover from your holiday shopping list.

A 30% commission on every sale will go directly into future community arts initiatives organized through ARTspace and the Thames Art Gallery.

Upcoming Exhibitions

We Are Family - Community Art Initiative

Call for Submissions - What does family mean to you?

Deadline: January 21, 2022 at midnight

Exhibition: January 28 - March 26, 2022 at Chatham Cultural Centre

Opening Reception: January 29, 2022 |  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

I'll be your Mirror

Curated by Crystal Mowry

January 28 - March 26, 2022

Opening Reception: January 29, 2022 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Virtual Exhibition

Here I Am Secondary School Virtual Exhibition 2021

July 23 - October 30, 2021

The Thames Art Gallery staff would like to express our warmest gratitude to all the talented young artists who submitted to both Here I Am and the Thames Art Gallery Graduating Art Scholarship. We have enjoyed viewing your art and are delighted to be sharing it with our community. A special thank you also goes to Cathy Myers whose generous donation made the Graduating Art Scholarship opportunity possible for the students of Chatham-Kent.

View Here I Am: Virtual Exhibition and vote for your favourite piece. Three artists will win a People's Choice Award of $100 based on your votes! 

Art Scholarship Award 2021

Congratulations to Alexandra Fieldhouse Graduating Art Scholarship Award. Your passion for ceramic crafts and dedication to your practice was clear to see. We wish you the best in your continued studies. Thank you to all applicants, we received several deserving applications and it was challenging to select only one of the many qualified candidates.


Programs

Part of the Thames Art Gallery's mandate is to foster a love and understanding of the arts. We have many great art programs, workshops, classes, lectures, films and events for young and old, beginner and advanced for those wanting to be serious and those looking for a little fun!

Check Out Gallery Programs

We are pleased to offer an online registration service for your convenience. In order to register for a program in Arts + Culture, you will need to create a new account in Arts + Culture Program Registration Portal. Once you have your account set up, please browse through the available programs offered in galleries. Need help registering? Please call 519-360-1998 or email ckartgallery@chatham-kent.ca.

Register for 2022 Winter Programs

Book Your Visit

To ensure everyone's safety, please pre-register for gallery visits one hour in advance if possible. Walk-in traffic will be accommodated provided space is available. Bookings can be made online at Arts + Culture Online Registration. In order to book your visit, you will need to create an account. Once you have your account set up, please choose your preferred time to visit. Need assistance? Please call 519-360-1998 or email ckartgallery@chatham-kent.ca.

We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Masks, social distancing and provision of contact information are required for all visitors. All gallery events such as openings and programs will require proof of vaccination in line with current government regulations and by-laws.


Visitor Guidelines

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.

  • Indoor capacity for the facility is limited to 50%.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances and exits for public use. 
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from those outside your social circle while visiting.  
  • Frequent and enhanced cleaning routine (high touch zones).
  • If you feel ill or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact CK Public Health.

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.


Community Arts Initiatives

The Thames Art Gallery presents, throughout the year, a series of Community Arts Initiatives that are open to Chatham-Kent artists. These are intended to engage community artists in themed or directed exhibition projects. Community Arts Initiatives are platforms that engage and teach – they also bring and connect people to the gallery. The Thames Art Gallery prepares workshops and programs to complement Arts Initiative Projects, by bringing in visiting artists to provide opportunities for the community audience/artists to investigate the art-making process. As well, these projects conceptually link and provide a window of accessibility to complex and challenging exhibitions in the Ground Floor Gallery.


Artist in Residence

The Thames Art Gallery is pleased to host a number of contemporary Canadian artists throughout the year. Residencies provide an opportunity for student tours and members of the community to engage with professional artists and with each other.


Permanent Collection

The Thames Art Gallery's Permanent Collection represents the works of visual artists, historical and contemporary, relevant to the development and growth of Chatham-Kent's art history and contemporary Canadian artists from Southwestern Ontario. Today the collection of approximately 500 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and installations covers a period from the mid-1800s to the present day.

Includes:

  • Alexander M. Fleming (1875-1929) - over 50 works by Alexander M. Fleming. The Gallery has been very active in collecting Fleming paintings and without this effort, his artwork would be lost to the citizens of this community.
  • George Wolfe - made major contributions to the advancement of the arts in Chatham-Kent. His "Kent County" landscapes present a shared geographical place and establish an identity that is unique to this area of rural Southwestern Ontario.
  • Hortense Gordon (1887-1961) - Showed great talent early, exhibiting with the Ontario Society of Artists while still in her teens. She was a trailblazer in the popularization of modern art in Canada.
  • Hortense Gordon, Sketchbooks - Features eleven Hortense (Mattice) Gordon sketchbooks, ranging from the early 1900s to 1960.

You can visit the collection online at www.vitacollections.ca/ThamesArtGallery.