Activities and Events

Meet the Expert

One-hour talks in the Alex Colville exhibition. Free activity. Exhibition admission required. In English with bilingual question period. Meet in the exhibition space.

Ann Kitz: Saturday 25 April -

The daughter of Alex Colville, Ann Kitz, is the keeper of her father’s artistic legacy. While she collaborated with curators Andrew Hunter (AGO) and Adam Welch (NGC), Kitz has also lived with the works and has stories to tell. 2 pm.

Laura Brandon: Saturday 13 June -

Meet war art historian, Dr. Laura Brandon. Recently retired from the Canadian War Museum as its Art and War Historian, Dr. Brandon provides insight into Alex Colville’s experience in World War II as an official war artist and how it profoundly affected him. 2 pm.

Andrew Hunter: Saturday 18 July -

Meet the curator of the Alex Colville exhibition, Andrew Hunter. As the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Hunter brings one of the AGO’s most successful exhibitions to Ottawa. 2 pm.

Julie Nash: Saturday 18 July -

Guest Curator, Julie Nash, will discuss the relationship between Alex Colville and Lincoln Kirstein, one of the artist’s earliest and most influential patrons. The preparatory drawings, letters, and essays on view in An American Patron: Alex Colville and Lincoln Kirstein offer a glimpse of Kirstein’s patronage over a thirty- year period.

Free activity. Gallery admission required.
In English with bilingual question period.
Meet at the National Gallery of Canada’s Library and Archives.   3:30 – 4 pm

Group Tours for Adults

1 May to 30 August 2015
Explore the Alex Colville exhibition on a guided group tour. Groups must include a minimum of 10 people. Cost: $7 + Gallery admission. Registration required. Please call 613-990-4888 or email

Colville Conversations

Weekends and holidays from 2 May to 7 September at 2 pm
Join in a 10-minute introduction of the Alex Colville exhibition. Each conversation focuses on a different section of the exhibition. Ask questions, share your thoughts and discover more about Colville. Free activity. Exhibition admission required. In English.

Creative Writing Workshops

Inspire your writing with the paintings of Alex Colville and the guidance of acclaimed authors. Open to all levels of writing ability. Space is limited. Cost: $38 Member; $50 Non-member. Registration required. Please call 613-998-8888 or visit the box office.

Alan Cumyn: Sunday 3 May -

Photo: Gwen Cumyn

Alan Cumyn is the author of 12 wide-ranging and often wildly different novels. A two-time winner of the Ottawa Book Awards, he has also had work shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Award. He teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a past Chair of The Writers' Union of Canada. In English. Meet in the Education Studio. From noon to 3 pm.

Frances Itani: Sunday 24 May -

Photo: Norman Takeuchi

Frances Itani is an internationally known, bestselling author of 16 books and her work has been translated in 17 countries. She has won many awards, including a Commonwealth Prize for her novel Deafening, for which she was also shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award. She is a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award and her most recent novel, Tell, was shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. A well-known teacher and public speaker, she is a Member of the Order of Canada. In English. Meet in the Education Studio. From noon to 3 pm.

Loïse Lavallée: Sunday 7 June -

Loïse Lavallée is a multi-genre writer whose work is infused with a powerful lyricism. Shocking stories, poetic elegies, iconoclastic novels and tenderly written children's books, her work is both moving and disturbing. A recipient of the Prix littéraire Jacques-Poirier in 2008, the Prix Le Droit in 2011, and a laureate in the Pierre Nothomb poetry prize in 2011, she was an invited author at the Brussels International Book Fair in 2010 and a guest of honour at the Outaouais Book Fair in 2015. In French. Meet in the Education Studio. From noon to 3 pm.

Thursday Night Drawing

Thursdays from 30 April
to 3 September 2015 at 6 pm

Canadian artist Alex Colville’s (1920–2013) iconic images capture a haunting mix of the common and the extraordinary. The precision of each picture begins with an abundance of studies and sketches. Learn about this artist’s process and try your hand at drawing in the style of Alex Colville. All skill levels are welcome. Free activity. Exhibition admission required. Bilingual. Meet in the exhibition space.

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