WOODSTOCK ART GALLERY:
VISION: Enriching our community by inspiring participation in the visual arts.
MISSION: Providing opportunities for people to express, experience, and learn creatively through art.
MANDATE: Serving our region through our developing collections, exhibitions, education, and public programs, we are a leading resource for creativity.
- Serving the Public Good
- Leading through Excellence
- Ethical & Transparent
- Inspiring & Innovative
- Inclusive & Inviting
- Responsible Social Engagement
- 1966: Founded by the Oxford County Art Association. Housed in the downstairs of the Woodstock Public Library.
- 1983: moved to a refurbished manse located next door.
- 1992: separated from the Library and became a department of the City of Woodstock.
- 1995: achieved Cultural Property Category “A” Designation.
- 2009: received a $3.38M Build Canada grant to renovate the first two floors of an historic building in the heart of downtown Woodstock.
- July 2011: moved to its present location 449 Dundas Street.
- April 2014: City of Woodstock established a new governance structure appointing the Woodstock Art Gallery Advisory Board and charging its members with the duty to guide the Gallery’s operations.
- February 12, 2015: completion of significant renovations to the third and second floors.
The new Woodstock Art Gallery (WAG) is a centre that inspires, engages and enriches the lives of all community members through innovative programming and activities that explore relevant topics addressed in contemporary and historical art. The newly renovated WAG at occupies 3 floors of the former historical John White Building located in the heart of downtown Woodstock opposite Museum Square. The WAG is Oxford County’s largest municipal public gallery with a permanent collection of over 1000 works. The WAG celebrates works of art representing local, regional and national artists.
On the first floor, the Dr. Leonard Reeves Gallery features historical works from Woodstock’s renowned Florence Carlyle along with her contemporaries. The second floor Main Gallery and Community Gallery exhibits throughout the year the work of both emerging and established artists, as well as touring and guest curated exhibitions. The WAG conducts a range of education programs in its dedicated studio space on the third floor.
In addition, the Gallery provides numerous volunteer opportunities, and membership benefits. The Gift Shop features unique items made by local artisans. Offered in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit Group (TIFF), the WAG presents a popular film series from September to June.
The WAG partners with several community organizations including: Woodstock Zonta; Domestic Abuse Response Team; Alzheimer Society of Oxford; Public Health Nurses of Oxford County; Artists of Oxford; Big Brothers Big Sisters Oxford; Woodstock Hydro; South Gate Seniors Centre; Woodstock Museum and Library. Admission is free and the Gallery is fully accessible.
ROLE WITHIN THE ARTS COMMUNITY:
The Woodstock Art Gallery is a centre that inspires, engages and enriches the lives of all community members through innovative programming and activities that explore relevant topics addressed in contemporary and historical art. Since its inception the Woodstock Art Gallery has had a strong educational mandate. The WAG conducts a range of Adult, Teen and Children’s classes, workshops and programs along with developing programming that works in concert with the exhibitions on view. The Woodstock Art Gallery has strong links to the Oxford County and London-area arts community, especially through its collaborations with Museum London, Oxford Creative Connections, Ingersoll’s Creative Art Centre, and the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg. The Woodstock Art Gallery is now, on a more enhanced scale, in a position to become an important partner and resource to the broader regional and national arts community.