The Ottawa Art Gallery opened its new building at 50 Mackenzie King Bridge on Saturday and Apartment613 got a look inside beforehand.
The new six-floor building is part of the City of Ottawa’s arts hub, called the Arts Court, and contains 55,000 square feet of programmable space for the OAG.
“The stunning contemporary new building offers glimpses of the urban core and includes rotating galleries for historical, contemporary and touring exhibitions, an art studio, two rooftop terraces, a large multi-purpose room and a café all provided within a barrier-free environment,” said a press release from the OAG.
Along with the opening is a new exhibit: Àdisòkàmagan / Nous connaître un peu nous-mêmes / We’ll all become stories, which the gallery called a “landmark exhibition of unparalleled scale,” showing 6,500 years of art heritage in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
The new facility also boasts free child-care on Wednesday evenings and during vernissages, as well as gender-neutral washrooms. Admission is free and the operating hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
“The new Ottawa Art Gallery has been designed with a sense of interconnectivity, manifested not only in the beautiful architecture, but also in its approach to community,” said Alexandra Badzak, director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery, in a press release. ” You will see a gallery that is accessible, breaks down barriers to participation, a gallery that is free and open when you need it to be, a gallery that embraces diversity, a gallery for you.”