The Data Gathering

A one-day event to help art galleries and art museums understand and use their data

Tuesday May 30, 2023
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Dr, North York

Pay what you will


Ready to take charge of your data but not sure where to start?

On May 30th, Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries invites you to come together at the Aga Khan Museum to explore data in art museums. Connect with peers of all levels of experience, share best practices, and learn from arts and culture data experts at this one-day event. Over the past four years, Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries has been working with art museums across Canada to develop skills, awareness, practices and opportunities in the field of data. The Data Shy to Data Driven (DSDD) program, in partnership with Surface Impression, has been a crucial part of this effort.

Launched in 2020, DSDD enhanced the digital and data literacy of Canadian art museums by leading cohorts of art institutions through a series of workshops and mentorship sessions focusing on the key aspects of becoming data-driven. The recently completed third iteration, Data Shy to Data Driven Executive program, specifically addressed the digital and data literacy of senior management. The Executive cohort included the Aga Khan Museum, Ottawa Art Gallery, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Data Gathering will act as a culmination of the work of all three Data Shy to Data Driven cohorts, and a launch pad for new Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries data initiatives across the arts sector. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the importance of data in building strategies from the perspective of the audience, staff, management and board.


  • New ways to plan strategy and tactics
  • Hands-on examples and case studies
  • Sectoral discussion and problem-solving


  • With art gallery professionals who started data shy but are now travelling towards data-driven
  • With experts and researchers who are carving new data pathways
  • With your fellow data travellers in the sector


  • Your skills and knowledge
  • New approaches to delivering your organisation’s mission
  • The connections that will enable your future plans and opportunities


Unable to attend in person? This event will be available in a hybrid format through a live stream and interactive chat. Registration for remote attendance will be released later in the month.

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries is committed to advancing the arts and culture sector through innovation and collaboration within digital. The symposium is one of many initiatives undertaken by the organization to support the sector and promote its growth and development.

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Additional Upcoming GOG Professional Development Workshops:

Digital Art Practices for Galleries and Museums: May 31, 2023 (registration now open on our website)

Equity and Accessibility in Galleries and Museums: From Collections to Facilities: June 1, 2023 (registration now open on our website)