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Thames Art Gallery
Deanna Bowen A Harlem Nocturne Exhibition

Thames Art Gallery

The Thames Art Gallery is open. 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



Admission: By donation

Fully wheelchair accessible

What's On

  • Exhibiting Deanna Bowen, A Harlem Nocturne from September 3 to November 7, 2021. Book your gallery visit today through our Arts + Culture Online Registration Form or call 519-360-1998.

  • Registration is coming soon for Winter Programs
  • Stay connected and check out what's on at


A Harlem Nocturne: Deanna Bowen

September 3 - November 7, 2021

Curated by Kimberly Phillips

Organized and circulated by the Contemporary Art Gallery.

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 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. For more information visit

Upcoming Exhibitions

Through Her Eyes

November 19, 201 - January 16, 2022

Doris Slater Titus: Retrospective (1941-1964)

November 19, 2021 - January 16, 2022

Curated by Mathew Ryan Smith

Danielle Coleman

November 19, 2021 - January 16, 2022

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.


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! Visit our Gallery Programs page to learn more!

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

Programs are currently limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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

We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. 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.


  • 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