Holding Pattern exhibition currently at the City Hall Art Gallery


Chantal Rousseau, The squirrels train: push-ups, 2017, GIF, 2021-0074

Over the past year, the City has added over 100 new works of art by nearly 70 different artists to its diverse art collection. You can sample a selection of recent additions to the collection on display in the City Hall Art Gallery as part of the Holding model exhibition until February 11, 2022. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except public holidays.

The title of the exhibition, Holding model, refers to our current state of suspension after another year of multiple lockdowns and social disruptions. The exhibition features 27 new artists who have not been included in the city’s art collection before. Other highlights of the exhibition include the first GIF illustration of the city by Chantal Rousseau and 3D printed sculptures created by Pansee Atta.

A photograph of artwork by Sam Loewen.  The screen print is mostly blue with a red hand holding a light pink hand at the bottom center.

Sam Loewen, Plush Bois, 2020, silkscreen on fabric and quilted on panel, 36 cm x 30 cm

Currently, the City has collected over 3,100 works of art over the past 30 years. The collection contains works by over 860 artists and can be viewed in over 170 civic buildings and spaces around Ottawa. Pieces are added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection by purchase, commission and donation based on the recommendations of peer assessment committees.

To learn more about Holding model or the City of Ottawa Art Collection, visit ottawa.ca.

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