Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries Presents: How Galleries can Strengthen Collections by Working with Artists

We are thrilled to present our innovative and incomparable professional development workshops to your screens. Join Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries for our second online professional development workshop of 2021; HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS BY WORKING WITH ARTISTS.



When: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm ET


Galleries are not able to exist without artists. Collecting is a direct way that galleries can support artists. It is a commitment to maintaining a work to industry standards, and it allows for the work to circulate in permanent collection exhibitions or on loan to other institutions. It is a way for it to be made available to researchers, and it is held in trust for the public and becomes a part of the community’s cultural heritage. However, it is widely known that the financial limitations of Canadian galleries impact their collecting practices. Galleries largely depend on donations for acquisitions into their collections, which favours art collectors over artists.

Many gallery and museum collections become disconnected with not only their exhibitions and programming but also with the communities they serve. Acquisitions from only art collectors create a bias within the institutions and contributes to the systematic exclusion of marginalized groups in the sector. To diversify their collections, galleries will need to look towards other methods for building their collections. This workshop will look at how galleries can work with artists to strengthen their collection, offer alternative methods for collecting, and discuss the issue of donations from collectors versus artists.

Sessions will include:

  • Contingent Propositions for Permanent Collections
  • Alternate Methods of Collecting
  • Collectors and Artists in Conversation
  • Discussions on: Straight Gifts, CCPERB, and the Artistic Economy
  • Q & A’s

Karen Carter – Executive Director, MacLaren Art Centre

Emily Mckibbon – Associate Director/Senior Curator, MacLaren Art Centre

Georgiana Uhlyarik – Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art in the Canadian and Indigenous Art Department at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Kenneth Montague – Art collector and the Founder/Director of Wedge Curatorial Projects
Suzanne Carte – Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Burlington

Watch our website and social media for more announcements on more presenters!


Completed registration form HERE then email registration form to – Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator,, with subject line – ATTN: WORKSHOP REGISTRATION – March 11


Single Day Workshop:
GOG Members: $150.00
General/Non-Members: $250.00
Students (with valid student ID): $45.00

Registration includes access to the presentations and discussions, supplementary materials, and any additional activities.


ASL will be provided. Please reach out to Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator, if you require any other accessibility accommodations or have questions.


These workshops will all be held virtually via Zoom – Zoom link will be sent once registration payment has been processed.


GOG gratefully acknowledges the funding contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, the Department of Canadian Heritage.



Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galeries marked its 50 year as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 270 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.

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Contact Information:
Julia Garnet
Communications Assistant
Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
T: (416) 598-0714