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Ideas Digital Forum 2018: Art Now + Art Next

October 12 + 13, 2018
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

How do public art galleries engage with digital technologies? Take a deep dive into this pressing topic over two-days of invigorating conversations with leading curators, artists and digital specialists at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) on October 12 and 13, 2018. Held in partnership with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), this symposium will address the impact of digital technologies on art galleries and give you the tools you need to embrace emerging media practices and meaningfully integrate them into your exhibition planning.


  1. Early Bird Two Day Pass: $195 (must be booked by September 14, 2018) EXTENDED
  2. Two Day Pass: $220
  3. One Day Pass: $125 (please specify which day you will be attending below)
  4. Students Pass: $60, for a one or two day pass (you will be asked to specify days attending upon registration)

*Registration includes refreshments and a catered lunch.

Registration: To register, please visit:

Partners for Ideas Digital Forum 2018 include the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Durham College. The event is support by EQ Bank and Surface Impression. Ideas Digital Forum is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for funding the event.






Announcing this year's nominated galleries for the 2018 OAAG Awards!

Thank you to all of those who have submitted nominations for this year's Awards! We received 177 nominations from 34 galleries and art institutions! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with us throughout the Awards process such as venue, shortlist announcements, and everything in-between! For direct updates into your inbox, join our mailing list here. Mark your calendars for November 19, 2018, and join us live when we announce the winners of the 2018 OAAG Awards in Toronto!

What are the OAAG Awards?

The OAAG Awards are a signature program and event produced by OAAG and open to all OAAG Members. These are province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence in exhibitions, publications, programs, and community partnerships produced by Ontario's art galleries.

This year marks the 41st edition of the Awards program and will be a bold and momentous celebration highlighting the key achievements of the year among OAAG members, curators, art professionals, collectors, and the entire visual arts community.

List of Nominated Galleries:

  1. Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  2. Art Gallery of Hamilton
  3. Art Gallery of Mississauga
  4. Art Gallery of Ontario
  5. Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d'art de Sudbury
  6. Art Gallery of Windsor
  7. Art Gallery of York University
  8. ArtLab (Visual Arts) Western University
  9. Art Museum at the University of Toronto
  10. Blackwood Gallery
  11. Carleton University Art Gallery
  12. Doris McCarthy Gallery
  13. Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
  14. Gallery in the Grove
  15. Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
  16. Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery
  17. MacLaren Art Centre
  18. McIntosh Gallery
  19. Mercer Union
  20. Museum London
  21. Oakville Galleries
  22. Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
  23. Ottawa Art Gallery
  24. Robert McLaughlin Gallery
  25. Rodman Hall Art Centre (Brock U)
  26. Ryerson Image Centre
  27. Station Gallery
  28. Textile Museum of Canada
  29. The Power Plant
  30. The Visual Art Centre of Clarington
  31. University of Waterloo Art Gallery
  32. Varley Art Gallery of Markham
  33. Woodstock Art Gallery
  34. Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation


If you have any questions about the 2018 OAAG Awards or are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact:

Parker O'Connor
Communications & Development Assistant
Ontario Association of Art Galleries
PHONE (416) 598-0714




Statistical Profile of Art Galleries in Ontario

The Statistical Profile of Art Galleries in Ontario is a quantitative analysis of 47 Ontario-based, non-profit and charitable art galleries in 31 municipalities across the province. The report presents a clear picture of Ontario’s public art galleries as incredible dynamic, motivated and engaged visual arts producers, working all across the province – from Thunder Bay to Temiskaming Shores to Ottawa to Toronto to Windsor and back to Owen Sound.


Order a copy of the 2013 OAAG Data Exchange here. For more information visit our publications page.


About OAAG

OAAG is a registered charitable organization. Established in 1968, OAAG was incorporated in Ontario by letters patent on October 9, 1970. The Charitable Objects from the Letters Patent are:

  • To encourage co-operation between member galleries and museums
  • To encourage cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council and similar agencies
  • To assist in the development of visual art centres in the province of Ontario
  • To promote high standards of excellence and uniform methods in the care and presentation of art
  • To serve as an advisory body in matters of professional interest in the province of Ontario.

OUR VISION (What we aspire to do)

  • The Ontario Association of Art Galleries fosters a sustainable, healthy, diverse, public art gallery sector to further the visual arts as a key component of the cultural life of the province.

OUR MISSION (What we do)

  • Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, OAAG advances and empowers Ontario public art galleries.

OUR MANDATE (How we are going to do it)

To ensure that public art galleries contribute to the cultural life of the province, OAAG will:

  • Discern, formulate, and articulate a strong collective profile for Ontario public art galleries
  • Represent members to government effectively
  • Foster professionalism among members
  • Create and present relevant professional development opportunities
  • Foster communication and exchange among members
  • Be an effective reliable resource and source of information for our members


L’AOGA est un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré.  Établie en 1968, l’AOGA  fut constituée en personne morale en Ontario par lettres patentes le 9 octobre 1970.  Les objectifs de bienfaisance selon les lettres patentes sont les suivants :

  • Favoriser la coopération entre les galeries et musées membres de l’AOGA 
  • Favoriser la coopération avec le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario et autres organismes semblables
  • Contribuer au développement des centres pour arts visuels en Ontario
  • Encourager des normes élevées d’excellence et des méthodes standardisées dans le maintien et la présentation de l’art 
  • Agir en tant qu’organisme consultatif pour des questions d’intérêt professionnel dans la province de l’Ontario

NOTRE VISION (ce que nous aspirons à faire) 

  • L’Association ontarienne des galeries d’art encourage un secteur des musées d’art et des galeries d’art publiques durable, prospère et diversifié afin de promouvoir les arts visuels en tant qu’élément indispensable de la vie culturelle de la province.

NOTRE MISSION (ce que nous faisons)

  • En misant sur la défense des intérêts, le perfectionnement professionnel et la création de réseaux, l’AOGA soutient et renforce la position des musées d’art et des galeries d’art publiques de l’Ontario.

NOTRE MANDAT (ce que nous allons le faire)

Afin d’assurer que les musées d’art et les galeries d’art publiques contribuent à la vie culturelle de la province, l’AOGA :

  • détermine, formule et articule un profil collectif solide pour les musées d’art et les galeries d’art publiques de l’Ontario;
  • représente efficacement ses membres auprès des gouvernements;
  • encourage le professionnalisme chez ses membres;
  • crée et présente des occasions de perfectionnement professionnel pertinent;
  • favorise la communication et les échanges entre les membres;
  • est une ressource et une source d’information fiable et efficace pour ses membres.

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of its members, donors, corporate sponsors.




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