Winter 2023-24 Exhibitions at the Aurora Cultural Centre

Concluding 2023 and rolling into 2024, the Aurora Cultural Centre announces two group exhibitions and two youth artist opportunities. Opening December 2, our first exhibition Perennial Darkness rides the culmination of one year to the rise of a new one, featuring topics of time through the seasonal recession of sunlight. Next, the Mayor’s Celebration for Youth Arts 2024 (MCOYA24) returns to showcase the artistic achievements of our graduating high school artists. Submissions to MCOYA24 are presently open, alongside our second open call, Future Grounds; a public art mentorship opportunity with Oddside Arts to create augmented reality animated banners that will scatter across Aurora Town Square.

Self-Portrait (2018), Emily Andrews @ms.emily.andrews, oil on canvas, 45 x 30 in

Perennial Darkness

December 2, 2023 – January 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Aurora Town Hall, 2nd floor (instructions here)

Participating artists: Leeay Aikawa, Emily Andrews, Spenta Chothia, Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, D. Ahsén:nase Douglas, Rahil Ghandi, Nancy Hallas, Janet Hinkle, Kate Jones, Kayley Liu, Yasaman Mehrsa, Kathy Morgan, Caroline Popiel, Molly Steels, Carol Walthers, David Woodward, Jinming Ye, and Rose Zhao.

Situated within the period of shortest days and longest nights of our calendar year, Perennial Darkness reflects upon the various forms of artistic expression lured out by the seasonal absence of sunlight.

Interweaving the complimentary forms of visual art and written word, the Aurora Cultural Centre is collaborating with poets within the Writer’s Community of York Region (WCYR) to create creative written responses to the exhibited artworks, sparked from a gathering between the poets and artists together. Dialogues from this collaboration will be on view as part of the exhibition.

Join us Thursday, December 7, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for the free public reception of Perennial Darkness to connect with artists and poets, enjoy light refreshments, and celebrate the night.


Installation view, MCOYA 2023, temporary gallery in Aurora Town Hall

#MCOYA24 – Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts 2024

February 10 – March 23, 2024
Temporary gallery at Aurora Town Hall, 2nd floor (instructions here)

Since 2011, the Aurora Cultural Centre has worked closely with high schools in Aurora to provide youth with an opportunity to exhibit their imaginative artistic creations through a dedicated annual high school art show called the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts. Upholding the lens of our youth, this exhibition serves to carve out free and open space for young artists to express their ideas, identities, and passions without bounds. All are welcome to the public reception for #MCOYA24 on Thursday, February 15, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

This call for submissions extends to any grade 12 student currently attending high school in Aurora or living in Aurora and attending school elsewhere. All mediums of artwork accepted.

Submissions to MCOYA24 are presently open until 11:59 PM January 12, 2024. Click here to learn more and apply.


Installation view of Beyond the Soil, Oddside Arts, Nuit Blanche 2023. Credit: Mohamed “Reed” Shelila

Future Grounds

Public Art Mentorship Opportunity with Oddside Arts
Co-presented by the Town of Aurora and Aurora Cultural Centre

Calling all artists! We need your creativity to contribute to a visual dialogue that highlights how we can shape a more inclusive, empathetic, and just world.

We extend a warm invitation to artists (aged 16-24) of diverse backgrounds to participate in our public art call, with a dedicated emphasis on prioritizing applicants in equity-seeking groups.

To celebrate the opening of Aurora Town Square in 2024, eight (8) youth artists will be selected to ornament the new facilities with a series of temporary public art installations. The artists will work virtually with Toronto-based public art collective, Oddside Arts, to design a large-scale banner with an augmented reality (AR) component that will be exhibited in the Square during its opening months. For their individual contributions to the project, selected artists will receive an honorarium of $175.00 from the Town of Aurora.

Submission to Future Grounds are presently open until 11:59 PM December 17, 2023. Click here to learn more and apply.


All Aurora Cultural Centre programming is currently offsite during the construction of the Aurora Town Square project. In visiting us, we ask that you please take note of the location information specified on each of our event and exhibition postings.

Unless otherwise specified, all exhibitions are located at:

Aurora Cultural Centre Temporary Gallery
Aurora Town Hall, 2nd floor
100 John West Way, Aurora, ON
This is an accessible venue.
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Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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