In light of the latest developments on COVID-19 and in response to concerns expressed by members of the public, SAW regrets to announce the cancellation of its fundraising event SKETCH, which was scheduled to take place on Friday, March 13 from 7PM to 2AM. As an alternative to the planned event, SKETCH will take place in a different form: the public is invited to visit SAW during its regular opening hours of Tuesday-Saturday, 11AM-6PM, between March 14 and April 3, to purchase works from the art sale section of SKETCH and to view works from its silent auction section. The public will be able to bid on the auction works online, through a site to be announced next week. FAME, the karaoke afterparty for SKETCH, will be rescheduled to a more suitable time.
Refunds will be issued for all tickets purchased in advance.
We thank you for your understanding and for your continued support.
All donations are tax-deductible and include a two-year non-voting membership.
SAW Charitable Registration Number: 119142040RR0001
Opening in June 2020, the Nordic Lab is an initiative of Galerie SAW Gallery in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. A research and production space for artists from circumpolar nations, the Nordic Lab will be an integral part of SAW’s newly expanded 15,000 square foot centre in downtown Ottawa. In addition to programs in Ottawa, the Nordic Lab will forge collaborations and promote exchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in the North and the South along with partners in Scandinavia and other circumpolar nations.
In addition to providing a space for artists-in-residence, the Nordic Lab will be home to SAW’s educational programs, which will be geared in particular toward Indigenous youth. With established relationships in place, SAW is positioned to play a unique role in serving the Inuit community in Ottawa. The Nordic Lab’s new Annie Pootoogook Studio and workshop facilities will include digital workstations, screenprinting facilities and a large-format photography printer.
Every year, more than 1,000 artists and musicians perform at Club SAW at key moments of their careers. A flexible space accommodating an audience of 285, Club SAW is a defining feature of SAW and contributes significantly to the character of the centre as a whole. Equipped with a bar and a state-of-the-art sound system, it is used for screenings, concerts, artist talks, festival hubs, panel discussions, conferences, book launches, theatre plays, receptions and workshops. Recently renovated, the new Club SAW has doubled in size and features a bar with a focus on local products, a deployable pop-up gallery, a green room for performers, an accessible stage, all-gender washrooms and a completely renewed courtyard.
An artist-run centre like no other in Canada
From its inception in 1973, the artist-run centre Galerie SAW Gallery has supported politically and socially engaged art, focusing on the performance and media arts. Many of the world’s best-known artists have exhibited at SAW in the early stages of their careers. Begun by a group of local artists, the gallery was originally part of the legendary café Le Hibou on Sussex Drive, hence the name SAW, an acronym for Sussex Annex Works. In 1981, the centre founded the SAW Video cooperative to support independent video artists and documentarists. During this time, the centre also initiated Club SAW, which has become the most important multidisciplinary space in the region. In 1989, Galerie SAW Gallery, SAW Video and Club SAW moved into the historic Arts Court building. Since 2001, Galerie SAW Gallery has operated as a distinct organization no longer legally affiliated with SAW Video, although both share a home at Arts Court and continue to collaborate on many projects. Galerie SAW Gallery aims to become a premier artist-run centre in Canada and the world, engaging in innovative programming, outreach and exchange initiatives. With over 30,000 visitors each year, SAW is a prime destination in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for contemporary art.
Cultural diversity at the core of our mandate
Galerie SAW Gallery promotes contemporary Canadian and international artists, both emerging and established, from diverse cultural backgrounds; presents a contemporary art program with a strong focus on Canadian performance and media art, with bilingual interpretative material produced for each exhibition; adapts to the changing nature of the contemporary arts by maintaining an evolving interdisciplinary presentation space comprised of SAW Gallery, Club SAW and the SAW outdoor courtyard; serves the needs of diverse communities through audience development initiatives; engages in collaborations with other arts organizations to increase opportunities for exhibiting artists and to outreach to new audiences; and commits to paying artist fees above CARFAC recommendations.