Winterlude at the National Gallery of Canada

30 January to 16 February 2015


This winter, the National Gallery of Canada will be hosting fun and entertaining activities during Winterlude 2015. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to warm up inside the Gallery.


Jack Bush

A commercial illustrator turned vanguard painter, Jack Bush (1909–1977) was one of Canada’s finest contributors to abstract art. A riot of colour and invention, this exhibition offers a rare presentation of paintings, drawings and commercial designs, as well as reproductions of some of the artist’s unpublished diaries, which lend even more vibrancy to this talented colourist’s story. #JackBush

Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014

The Canadian Biennial presents a selection of the National Gallery’s most significant recent acquisitions of contemporary Canadian art and features some of the most important art being made in Canada today. The exhibition brings to light the unique ways artists are responding to larger social and political issues, and takes the pulse of contemporary art production in Canada. Come experience art history in the making. #CDNBNL

M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician

Explore Escher’s famous imaginary worlds where fantasy and science merge in mesmerizing prints. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Clocks for Seeing: Photography, Time and Motion

Photography has opened a window on time, allowing us to see in ways that were impossible before its invention. Clocks for Seeing considers the relationship between photography, time and motion through a selection of historical and contemporary photographs that encompass both art and science.

Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet

The publicly and critically acclaimed installation Forty-Part Motet is back on display at the NGC. This brilliant sound sculpture by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is a reworking of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, a 16th-century English composer. Forty separately recorded choir voices are played back through fourty speakers positioned inside the NGC’s Rideau Chapel.

Masterpiece in Focus: The Jack Pine and The West Wind

One of Canada’s most influential painters and the driving force behind the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson is a true Canadian icon. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see two of Thomson’s most-loved paintings, The Jack Pine and The West Wind, together with their sketches. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. #JackPine



Saturdays and Sundays, 31 January, 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 February and Monday, 16 February, from 11 am to 4:30 pm
Join other families in making a massive fabric copy of Lawren Harris’s painting North Shore, Baffin Island II, an icy masterpiece from the Gallery’s Canadian collection. Families and friends can enjoy a range of activities, including Art Buddies, Art From Above collage, Super Structures blocks and Sounds Like Art players. Artissimo is for children aged 3 and up, accompanied by an adult.

Collaborative Murals: A Wintry World, Spring is Coming

Saturdays and Sundays, 31 January, 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 February and Monday, 16 February, from 11 am to 4:30 pm
We’re making giant landscapes at Artissimo, one for Winter and one for Spring.  Come and join in!  Get creative and make a person, animal, building or tree to add to the murals.

A Wintry Journey Through the National Gallery

The self-guided tour Not Just Another Winter Tour is back and invites visitors to explore the Gallery’s collection, focusing on winter landscapes, animals of the ice and snow, and other innovative works that will surprise and delight. Come discover or rediscover several works by well-known artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff, L.L. FitzGerald and Marcel Duchamp.

Music in the Gallery

Sunday, 15 February from 3 pm to 4 pm
Adam Saikaley is a musician, pianist, composer and DJ working in Ottawa, Ontario. He received his B.Mus. from Carleton University in Piano Performance and Sonic Design. He is band leader of the Adam Saikaley Trio and Quartet, and a member of local Ottawa bands Silkken Laumann, Hilotrons, The Acorn and Fire Coast Acid Club. With a piano and the addition of electronics he creates a sound that is textural, melodic, pulsating and consistently moving. His music combines classical, jazz and electronic.

Drop-in Art Workshop for Adults

Thursday, 5 and 12 February from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Canadian artist Jack Bush (1909–1977), known internationally for his abstract paintings from the 1950s to the 1970s, is considered a master colourist. We invite you to create an abstract “painting” inspired by the artist’s work, using colourful fabrics.


Thematic audioguides are available for visitors of all ages and interests. Experts inside and outside the art world share their insights in focused tours for adults. Choose from many perspectives, including a fashion expert, an avid gardener, a framer, a historian/ biographer and a Catholic priest. The children’s tour is animated through storytelling and conversation. Available in English and French, with highlights in Spanish, German and Mandarin.

Plan Your Visit


We are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursday to 8 pm. Also open on Ontario Family Day, Monday, 16 February.  On-site amenities include a parking garage, a boutique, a cafeteria (Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts), two instant banking machines and a free cloakroom. Courtesy strollers and wheelchairs are also available.


Tickets: $12 (adults); $10 (seniors and full-time students); $6 (youths aged 12 to 19); $24 (families of two adults and three youths). Admission is free for children under the age of 12 and for Members. Free admission from 5 pm to 8 pm Thursday evenings.

Getting Here

National Gallery of Canada. 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. Google Map.
For more information, please call 613-990-1985 or 1-800-319-ARTS