CHATHAM – The community of Chatham-Kent has spoken, and our local arts and heritage institutions have listened. Beginning this winter, venues at the Chatham Cultural Centre and downtown Chatham will offer visitors even more opportunities to enjoy the collections, special exhibitions and a variety of new program offerings.
Starting January 2, 2018, the Thames Art Gallery, the Chatham-Kent Museum and ARTspace will be changing opening hours in order to better serve our visitors. Reviews of attendance statistics, as well as the results of the recent CK Museum Survey, have identified extended evening and weekend hours as preferred hours of the public. While the total number of open hours will remain the same (currently open 1-5PM daily), TAG and the CK Museum will be closed on Monday and Tuesday to the public, and will be open from 1PM-7PM Wednesday through Friday, and 11AM-4PM on the weekends. These new hours will also allow the public to take advantage of new and exciting programming opportunities meant to drive more visitors throughout all spaces.
In addition, the hours for ARTspace, the Municipality's community art gallery featuring Chatham-Kent artists for presentation and sales, will be changing hours from Tuesday – Saturday 12PM-5PM (closed Sunday & Monday) to Wednesday – Saturday 12PM-5PM (closed Sunday-Tuesday). "With the New Year coming and a renewed focus on outreach, it is a prime goal of the organization to increase our profile at a local, national and international levels through increased marketing and new programs, and by developing strategic plan that looks at revising governance, memberships and education" says Gallery Curator Pamela Edmonds. "We've been increasingly hearing that visitors would like more ways to experience arts and heritage offerings. We are excited about developing ARTspace not only as a renewed commercial and presentation space, but also looking at different ways to feature public installations and pop-up art projects throughout the region as a way to showcase local talents and further engage our diverse communities."
New Hours: Effective January 2, 2018 at CK Museum and Thames Art Gallery
Wednesday 1:00PM - 7:00PM
Thursday 1:00PM - 7:00PM
Friday 1:00 - 7:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday 11:00am - 4:00PM
New Hours: Effective January 2, 2018 at ARTspace
Wednesday 12:00PM - 5:00PM