The SPAO Centre Gallery is now Accepting Exhibition Proposals for 2022-2023


Installation view of Undergrowth by Sara Angelucci

The SPAO Centre Gallery is the Ottawa region’s only independent and critical gallery space dedicated to lens-based art. The gallery sees upwards of 4200 in person and virtual visitors annually including curators, artists, students, Ottawa’s photographic and arts community as well as members of the general public.

The SPAO Gallery also presents an annual installation in its exterior exhibition space The Photo-Synthesis Garden, which pairs photo-based artwork with biomaterial such as flowers, vegetables and other items from the natural world.

The SPAO Gallery pays appropriate CARFAC fees for selected exhibitions and artists of all backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, Indigenous, Black and racialized persons, and persons across a spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received by February 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon) EDT.

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The SPAO Centre Gallery is currently presenting: Undergrowth

The SPAO Gallery proudly presents Undergrowth by renowned artist Sara Angelucci, curated by accomplished independent curator Shannon Anderson.

The question of how an artist can respond to this critical time of ecological emergency is the focus of Angelucci’s recent projects. At a time when climate change appears inevitable and we face the impact on the earth left by generations of greed, the works in this exhibition adopt strategies of empathy and conscious connection to reposition our relationship with nature.

Join us for the Artist + Curator Conversation on Fri Feb 5. at 7PM via Zoom.

Click here for more information and to view the virtual exhibition


SPAO is now accepting applications for the Photographic Arts and Production Diploma!

SPAO offers the only two-year photographic arts diploma in Canada! The Photographic Arts and Production Diploma is an incredibly unique opportunity to acquire comprehensive analogue and digital photography skills, develop a broad understanding of photographic theory and history, and cultivate individual vision and craft.

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Nestled in the heart of the Nation’s capital, SPAO is one of Canada’s leading photographic art centres. SPAO is home to the only two-year Photographic Arts Diploma in Canada, a unique international Artist Residency and an independent and critical Gallery dedicated to photographic and video art.

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