Due to the province-wide lockdown and stay-at-home order in effect, all Municipal Arts and Culture facilities will be CLOSED until further notice.

Thames Art Gallery - Closed until further notice

The Thames Art Gallery is dedicated to promoting the understanding, appreciation, conservation, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the community of Chatham-Kent for present and future generations. The Gallery places emphasis on public arts education programming and multidisciplinary exhibitions programming.

Program Registration

We have a new registration software! In order to register for a program you will need to create a new account here. Once you have your account set up, please browse through the available programs offered at the Thames Art Gallery. Currently no in-class programs available at this time.

What's On: 

Celebrate Black Lives Community Quilt Project

Call for Submissions

Celebrating Black Lives: Community Quilt Project

Deadline for entry: Friday, January 29, 2021 by 5:30PM

February 5: Exhibition opens in the window of ARTspace downtown Chatham

February 26: Last day of exhibit

The Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace are pleased to announce their plans to observe Black History Month this February by inviting the CK community to contribute to a participatory artwork.

Now widely celebrated, Black History Month has a history all its own. The Honourable Jean Augustine, who migrated to Canada from Grenada in 1960 became the first Black Canadian woman elected to the House of Commons in 1993. She was appointed to a Cabinet post in 2002. In her position, Jean introduced a motion to declare February as Black History Month, which ultimately passed to become part of our national consciousness.

For centuries, people of African descent have confronted and continue to confront prejudice and inequity. Systemic barriers still prevent full and equal participation in society.

Almost nine months after George Floyd's death, the rise of Black Lives Matter, and CK's own peaceful march down King Street, we want to keep carrying it forward," says gallery curator Phil Vanderwall. "Creativity can help us to confront and overcome our challenges. Art can help us create the world we want to live in and what better way to focus our energies than to join together as a community and participate in a positive vision for 2021?"

"Celebrating Black Lives" is the theme of this digitally based installation. For those who wish to participate, the gallery asks that you complete a work of art on the theme in any media. Feel free to paint, draw, design, or write. Once complete, please carefully photograph your work, and send it to ckartgallery@chatham-kent.ca. Gallery staff will print and assemble the works into a community art "quilt", and the installation will be on public display in the ARTspace window for the month of February. Please see submission guidelines.

A donation will be made for each participating artist involved to support the distribution of the film "The North Star: Finding Black Mecca." 

Upcoming Exhibit:

The Landscape in Flux Exhibit by Scott Taylor and Mike Blazek

The Landscape in Flux: Scott Taylor and Mike Blazek

"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, Taylor and Blazek explore the unsettled yet persistently beautiful place the landscape occupies for us in the age of the Anthropocene.


Gallery Hours: Closed until further notice due to pandemic

Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Thursday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Friday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Saturday 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Sunday Closed


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.


The Gallery is in changeover every 6 weeks and is closed for 4 days during these installations please refer to the Current and Upcoming Exhibitions tab for details on opening receptions and dates.

The Thames Art Gallery is a third-party recommender for Zone 1 of the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance program. For more information about this program please visit this link: http://www.arts.on.ca/page122.aspx, here you will also find fillable forms for application.