Due to the recent provincial announcement regarding a province-wide shutdown, all Arts + Culture facilities are closed and all programs cancelled until further notice.
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
Admission: By donation
Fully wheelchair accessible
The gallery is temporarily closed due to a stay-at-home order in effect.
Featuring art exhibition "The Landscape in Flux" with local artists Scott Taylor and Mike Blazek.
The Landscape in Flux: Scott Taylor and Mike Blazek
March 12 - May 22, 2021
"The Landscape in Flux" features two local photographers who respond intuitively to the fluidity of the world around them. Each artist presents a very personal vision while sharing themes of presence, impermanence and the insistent reach of nature's power. Together, Scott Taylor and Mike Blazek explore the unsettled yet persistently beautiful place the landscape occupies for the people of Chatham-Kent.
Scott Taylor is a cartographer by training and a world traveller. Taylor's relationship to the landscape is wrapped in the slow passage of time. He approaches his subject with quiet observation. Shooting predominately in black and white, the artist's vision of Erieau and area shorelines alternate between serene beauty and unpredictable power.
Mike Blazek was born in Czechoslovakia and travelled extensively before making Chatham-Kent his home. Blazek's practice engages time through his investigations of the in-between. Using an in-camera technique to layer and abstract his subject, Blazek physically moves the camera during exposure. He further questions the idea of presence by projecting his images directly onto architectural and material elements within the gallery space.
Permanent Collection Show: Collections Accessible
June 4 - August 22, 2021
Jean Hay: Facing North
June 4 - August 22, 2021
Part of the Thames Art Gallery 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! Learn more about our 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. 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 email@example.com
Programs currently limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Book Your Visit
To ensure everyone's safety, all visitors must pre-book their visit 24 hours in advance as walk-ins are not currently permitted. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. We have introduced enhanced safety measures in line with COVID-19 public health guidelines. These include, but are not limited to, new public hours, reduced visitor capacity, timed admission, and enhanced cleaning protocols.
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.
- Hand sanitizer available at all entrances and exits for public use.
- Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from those outside your social circle while visiting.
- Access to the gallery will be walk-in/sign-in and will be limited to 30 people at any one time.
- 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.
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 www.vitacollections.ca/ThamesArtGallery.