Art is happening in every corner of the National Gallery of Canada during the holiday season. There’s art to see and make, as well as new traditions to create at the Gallery. Take part in a family activity, enjoy a festive musical performance, and visit our exhibitions and permanent collection. This year’s giant decorated tree, a balsam fir measuring 12 metres high, sparkles in the Scotiabank Great Hall underneath artist Jordan Bennett’s Tepkik, one of five works from the exhibition Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel featured in the Gallery’s public spaces in the Main Entrance, up the Colonnade, and along the Concourse.
This year, the tree is a Balsam Fir from a tree farm in the Eastern Townships, Quebec;
The height is 12 meters and the width 7.5 meters;
Decorations include 450 large ornaments, 10,000 LED lights and 90 meters of garlands;
The lighting of the tree has been a tradition at the Gallery since the opening of its building on Sussex Drive in 1988;
The public is invited to take selfies in front of the giant tree until January 5th and share them via the hashtag #NGCTree;
Black & McDonald is the proud sponsor of the tree with generous support from the Gallery’s contractors and suppliers.
GALLERY ACTIVITIES, SPECIAL SEASONAL TALKS AND WORKSHOPS
The public is invited to enjoy a free evening of music with the Aella Choir. The audience will experience the power of treble voices through a selection of acapella carols, performed in the spectacular Great Hall. Thursday, December 19th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Artissimo and Artissimo Studio
Families are invited to experience the Gallery and play art games in the Garden Court, and make their own artworks in the Studio. Each month features a new project to create and take home. For the holidays, studio projects are themed around the festive season where visitors will create textured clay ornaments and wall pockets to hold yuletide treasures. From 10 am to 4 pm on weekends and holidays (December 21st to January 5th). Included with Gallery admission. The Studio will not be open on December 23rd, 24th and January 1st, 2020.
Families and friends will be able to create memorable moments together, explore the world or travel back in time this holiday season, by discovering the Gallery's current exhibitions and permanent collection.
Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel
An exhibition of contemporary international Indigenous art, featuring works by more than 70 artists identifying with almost 40 Indigenous Nations, ethnicities and tribal affiliations from 16 countries, including Canada. Impressive artwork from around the world animates both galleries and public spaces with art in all media, including performance art, video and commissioned installations, complemented by a dynamic program of workshops, performances, film screenings, talks, and more.
Beautiful Monsters in Early European Prints and Drawings (1450–1700)
Drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, a selection of engravings, etchings, woodcuts and drawings from the 15th through the 17th centuries highlights the different functions of monsters in the visual culture of early modern Europe. Through them, visitors can glimpse the power dynamics of religion and gender, and observe how art is capable of bringing a certain beauty even to the monstrous.
Naughty or Nice! Monstrous Activities
Monster scavenger hunt: an activity sheet that visitors can take home and colour, invites gallery goers to find eight monsters in the artworks on display.
Monster Mash activity: kids and grown-ups create their own hybrid monsters on two magnetic walls in the gallery.
William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance
Starting December 13th, the National Gallery of Canada presents the critically acclaimed immersive installation More Sweetly Play the Dance, by South African artist William Kentridge – one of the most prominent artists in contemporary art. Acquired by the Gallery in 2016, this masterpiece immerses viewers in a 30-metre-long procession that combines drawings, brass band music, dancing, and a shadow play featuring people from the streets of Johannesburg.
Spark inspiration with unique and tasteful gifts from the Gallery Boutique. In addition to its regular hours, the Boutique will be open on December 23rd from 10 am to 5 pm, December 24th from 10 am to 2 pm and January 1st from 10 am to 5 pm. For those who prefer to shop in the comfort of their home, visit ShopNGC.ca and receive free standard shipping to addresses within Canada for purchases of $50 or more (before taxes) until December 15th , 2019.
Boxing Day comes early this year, with promotions starting on December 24th, including savings on a wide selection of 2020 art calendars and agendas.
GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP
Friends and family will be delighted to find a gift membership in their Christmas stocking this year. A membership includes unlimited admission to the national collection and all special exhibitions, exclusive previews, discounts at the Boutique, in the Cafeteria and for workshops, as well as parking while visiting the Gallery. Order by December 18th to guarantee delivery before Christmas. Gift memberships can also be picked-up in-person at the Gallery by December 23rd, 2019.
7 TAPAS BAR AND CAFETERIA
The Gallery’s 7 Tapas Bar and Cafeteria are offering several holiday-inspired dishes, desserts and special treats. After visiting an exhibition, why not enjoy a wonderful winter warm-up with hot chocolate or mulled wine while taking in the inspiring winter wonderland vistas of the Ottawa River and Parliament.
HOLIDAY HOURS – FROM DECEMBER 17th, 2019 TO JANUARY 5th, 2020
The Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday with the following exceptions:
Open Monday December 23rd and Wednesday January 1st from 10 am to 5 pm;
Thursdays (December 19th and 26th; January 2nd), the Gallery will be open until 8 pm;
Open from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesday December 24th ;
Closed on Wednesday December 25th; and
Closed from Monday January 6th to Friday January 10th for Annual Maintenance.
For full access to all the galleries and activities: $16 (adults); $14 (seniors 65+); $8 (24 and under/students); $32 (families: two adults and three youth, 17 and under)
Admission is free from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursdays for all visitors
Free every day for children 11 and under and for Members
All can enjoy free access to art and programming offered in the Gallery’s public spaces: Scotiabank Great Hall, Water Court Foyer and Cafeteria.
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