As the province moves into Step 3 of Ontario's Roadmap to re-open, the Thames Art Gallery will re-open on July 21, 2021 for pre-booked visits. Please book your visit at Arts + Culture Online Registration or call 519-360-1998.
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
Thames Art Gallery Re-Opens July 21
Stay connected and check out what's on at www.tagartspace.com
Here I Am Secondary School Virtual Exhibition 2021
July 23 - October 30, 2021
Here I Am Submission Guidelines and Application
We welcome local high school students to submit original work for the upcoming virtual exhibition Here I Am. With the global pandemic weighing heavily upon our lives, it has become increasingly evident that having a way to come together and express our thoughts and experiences is integral to our well-being. When finding the right words becomes difficult, art can play a role in expressing the inexpressible. The Thames Art Gallery is excited to work with local schools on this event, which will support our young artists and give them a platform to share their work and connect with a larger community.
Open to artists age 14-18 currently attending a Chatham-Kent Secondary School. All works must be original and completed within the last year and all media accepted. Each artist may submit a maximum of three works.
To submit your artwork please fill out the Here I Am Application Form and provide photos of your artwork in an email to email@example.com. Submission deadline is June 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
Art Scholarship Award 2021
Call for Submissions
Art Scholarship Submission Guidelines and Application
The Thames Art Gallery is offering a one thousand dollar scholarship award to one eligible artist in CK. This scholarship is generously sponsored by local artist Cathy Myers. To be considered for the scholarship, interested candidates must be in their graduating year of high school and attending a post-secondary program in an arts-related discipline in the fall.
Eligible students must submit a portfolio of work and application form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 25, 2021. Portfolios must include a minimum of six works to a maximum of eight works in a variety of media. The gallery strongly recommends submitting a variety of works, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media in your portfolio presentation. Try to include both representational and abstract work. Applicants must be available for a Zoom interview with the Curator upon submission of their portfolio and application.
Submission deadline is June 25, 2021 at midnight.
Collected Works: The Permanent Collection in View (Part 1)
July 21 - August 21, 2021
Through the rich and varied history of Chatham-Kent, art-making has thrived. The permanent collection of the Thames Art Gallery serves as a visual record of that history, encouraging a deeper understanding of our communities and ways of life. As the first in a series of exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection, "Collected Works Part 1" sets the stage for further exploration of the collection's history, in particular its role in representing CK's diverse communities. Part 1 of this ongoing series visits the work of notable local artists from our past, including AM Fleming and Hortense Gordon, along with recent additions by contemporary artists like Michael Chambers; along the way, it uncovers stories about lesser-known works and highlights key moments in our history.
Facing North: Jean Hay
July 21 - August 21, 2021
The Arctic is both inspiring and fiercely elemental. Drawn from the collections of Thames Art Gallery and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia, Facing North presents the vision of one artist's fascination with the North and how it influenced her journey through aging, creative drive and ecological responsibility.
A Harlem Nocturne: Deanna Bowen
September 3 - November 7, 2021
Deanna Bowen's artistic practice concerns itself with histories of Black experience in Canada and the US. Her focus is the "dark matter" in our midst: figures and events that have remained below the threshold of visibility not because they are impossible to find but because their existence reveals a systematized racism difficult for the majority culture to acknowledge. Bowen reactivates historic material sourced from overlooked archives through a process of extraction, translation and enlargement, and then reinserts this material into public consciousness in a new form.
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
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.
- Indoor capacity for the facility limited to 50%
- 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.
- 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