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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 Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Open to 7:00 pm on Thursdays.  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 Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Open to 7:00 pm on Thursdays.

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

Phone: 519-360-1998



Admission: By donation

Fully wheelchair accessible

What's On

Exhibition Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life by artist Amy Friend on September 9 - November 5, 2022

Call for Submissions Eye 4 Art 2022

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Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life

Amy Friend

September 9 - November 5, 2022

Opening Reception: September 16, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What do you do when you are given a small box of items containing personal documents, photographs, and objects?  In this exhibition Amy Friend works with these materials and bridges them with anonymous and familial Super-8 film as a means of contemplating how identity is composed of both fact and fiction.

Eye 4 Art 2022

An exhibition for CK artists

November 18, 2022 - January 14, 2023

November 18, 2022 - Opening Reception 6:00 pm | Awards | Brush Off | Auction

Call for Submissions - Eye for Art is an exhibition open to all Chatham-Kent artists. All media accepted. All works must be original and completed within the last two years. A maximum of 3 works may be submitted by each artist. All works must be for sale and include sale price. Submission deadline is October 19-22, 2022.

Virtual Exhibitions

Here I Am: Secondary School Virtual Exhibition 2022

July 14 - October 30, 2022

Here I Am Virtual Student 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. 

The Thames Art Gallery staff would like to express our warmest gratitude to all the talented young artists who have 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 Van Raay-Myers whose generous donation made the Graduating Art Scholarship opportunity possible for the students of Chatham-Kent. 

We would also like to acknowledge the support, guidance, and enthusiasm that parents and teachers alike have shown throughout the process of bringing this exhibition to life. You continue to inspire our young artists, a fact we should never overlook.

We encourage you all to vote for your favourite pieces in Here I Am. Three winners of a $100 People's Choice Award will be presented to those artists.

To all of the students: best of luck with your continued studies, and enjoy your summer!

View Students Art and Vote for People's Choice Award Today

Thames Art Gallery Graduating Art Scholarship Award 2022: Aiden Hawgood

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. The recipient must be planning to attend a post-secondary institution (college or university) full-time in the fall of the year following graduation in an arts program.

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

Congratulations, Aiden Hawgood. Your passion for advocacy, LGBTQIA+, Feminism and dedication to your practice was clear to see. We wish you the best in your continued studies.

Thames Art Gallery staff wishes commiserations to all the other graduating students who have applied to the scholarship. We received several deserving applications, and it was challenging to select only one of the many qualified candidates.


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

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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