SPAO Presents Exhibition No. 18, the Annual College Diploma Exhibition

Official poster for Exhibition No. 18, image by 2nd year diploma student Liliana Del Vedova

April 21 – May 14, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday April 21, from 5:00pm – 10:00pm
SPAO Centre, 77 Pamilla St.
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The SPAO Photographic Arts Centre proudly presents Exhibition No. 18, an exhibition showcasing the outstanding work by students enrolled in the only 2-year photographic arts college diploma program in all of Canada. Join us at the opening reception of Exhibition No. 18 on Friday April 21, from 5:00pm – 10:00pm.

Image of previous SPAO event by Eric Reid

Over the course of their time at SPAO, students are provided the opportunity to experiment with digital, analogue and rare historic photographic processes, as well as engage in nuanced discussions in photographic theory. Industry leading educators and arts professionals help guide these students as they become the next generation of photo-based artists.

Exterior view of the SPAO Centre

About SPAO
SPAO (School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa) is a world leading centre for photographic arts education, production and exhibition. Home to a roster of internationally recognized instructors and alumni, SPAO operates Canada’s only two-year photographic arts college diploma program, a unique international artist residency, numerous recreational classes, as well as a stunning public art gallery. For artists of all skill levels, SPAO offers the environment, education, and community needed to discover, establish, or expand their artistic practice.

Image detail by SPAO alum Alex Finlay

Join the only 2-year photographic arts college diploma program in Canada
The Photographic Arts and Production Diploma is an intensive, community-oriented and collaborative learning experience. Class sizes are small, providing students with ample one-on-one attention and personalized learning. Graduates of the SPAO program emerge fully prepared for a career in the photographic arts.

Apply today
We are accepting applicants for 2023 enrollment starting this September. For more information, please visit

For more information or media inquiries, please contact: Katie Lydiatt, Gallery Manager by email or by phone 613-562-3824.

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77 Pamilla Street
Ottawa ON, K1S 3K7

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