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Thames Art Gallery
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Thames Art Gallery

Covid-19 Update

The Thames Art Gallery is now open for drop-in visits during our business hours Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Pre-registration is no longer required. Mask mandate lifted. Patrons who wish to still wear a mask may do so. We look forward to your visit!


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



Admission: By donation

Fully wheelchair accessible

What's On

The following three exhibitions open to view April 22 - June 18, 2022: 

Check out Art-tastic Summer Camps

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La Rabida Soul of Conquest: An Anishinaabe Encounter

Bonnie Devine

April 22 - June 18

Opening Reception May 13 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 

Special Live Choral Performance at 8:00 pm

2021 Governor General Award-winning artist Bonnie Devine in collaboration with musician David DeLeary from Walpole Island First Nation presents this visual and historical adventure. Together, the artists engage their audience in a multi-sensory travelogue that reverses the voyage of Christopher Columbus and rediscovers the cultural site that would change the fate of both the "new world" and the "old."

Beneath the Mask

Darla Fisher-Odjig

April 22 - June 18

Opening Reception May 13 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Artist Talk + Poetry Reading June 2 at 7:00 pm

A long-time resident of Chatham-Kent, Darla Fisher-Odjig walks through many worlds. As a visual artist, poet and registered therapist. She brings a soulful and heartfelt engagement that is both challenging and healing. Her lyrical paintings sweep the viewer into worlds both familiar and strange but always ground themselves in realities that cannot be denied.

Lay of the Land

Collected Works: Part Three

April 22 - June 18, 2022

Opening Reception May 13 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In this, the third part of the Thames Art Gallery's exploration of the permanent collection, the focus turns toward the landscape. Not only is the landscape still one of the most popular genres in painting, but it also stands as the first form of environmental art within the European canon. As we celebrate Earth Day, there remains a growing sense of urgency to better understand our sense of place and our irrefutable connection to nature.

Virtual Exhibitions

Here I Am: Secondary School Virtual Exhibition 2022

July 14 - October 30, 2022

Call for Submissions deadline June 28 at midnight

The Thames Art Gallery would like to invite students to take part in Here I Am: Secondary School Virtual Exhibition 2022. This exhibition is a collection of works celebrating the curiosity, passion, technique and talent of emerging young creatives in grades 9-12 across Chatham-Kent. Explore the visual narratives young artists, designers and makers use to capture their unique stories and impressions about their world through diverse mediums and creative processes.

Here I Am Application Form and Submission Guidelines

Art Scholarship Award 2022

Call for Submissions deadline June 28 at midnight

Scholarship recipient to be announced on July 14th with the opening of "Here I Am" Virtual Exhibition 2022.

The Thames Art Gallery is offering a one thousand dollar scholarship award to a Chatham-Kent secondary school student who intends to further their education in any of the visual arts including fine arts, commercial or graphic arts.

This scholarship is graciously donated by sponsor Cathy Van Raay-Myers who made this opportunity possible for the students of Chatham-Kent.

Scholarship Award Application Form and Submission Guidelines


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. 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

Register for Art Programs

Visitor Guidelines

TAG would like to reassure patrons that all recommended safety measures are in line with COVID-19 public health guidelines.

  • Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances and exits for public use.
  • 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.


  • 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