The creative vitality of the local art scene is that it is always flourishing and ever-expanding. For decades London’s art community has drawn the attention of visitors for its spirited and vibrant community of artists and art galleries. Many London artists advocate a local approach to artmaking, showing details of their immediate environment and revealing personal histories in their art. Here is a short-list of a wide range of local art galleries from the edgy to the refined.
Museum London is an art and history museum located near the Forks of the Thames River which for more than 70 years has preserved, interpreted and voiced the story of London. This distinctive arch-roofed building, designed by Raymond Moriyama opened in 1980, houses an impressive collection comprising more than 5,000 regional and Canadian works of art and over 45,000 artifacts. Noted examples of Canadian art include Paul Peel and Group of Seven. An iconic life-sized metal rhino created by artist Tom Benner has been a fixture on the Museum grounds for over two decades. Its acclaimed restaurant, The River Room and a second floor gallery showcase London’s best view of the Forks of the Thames.
Looking for a more avant garde experience? The Forest City Gallery is London’s only not-for-profit artist run centre in London. Representing artists of all disciplines and career levels, the Forest City Gallery aims at focusing on emerging artists. The gallery is founded on artistic autonomy with a commitment to programming exhibitions and events reflecting developments in cultural production.
Forest City Gallery
Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery houses Canada's largest contemporary Canadian ceramic collection. The gallery also exhibits an impressive group of early career painters and a curated selection of Canada's leading silversmiths in its 4,500 sq. ft. showroom. Hosting a variety of specifically themed exhibitions Johnathon's is a prime destination for art lovers, collectors, curators and connoisseurs.
Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery
The stalwart Michael Gibson Gallery, established in 1984, is a private gallery in downtown London that specializes in contemporary art by Canadian and International artists. An architectural gem on Carling Street, the gallery is known for exhibiting high quality art combined with a superior level of personal service and expertise.
Michael Gibson Gallery
One of the most beautiful buildings on campus, the Western University based public art gallery has operated since 1942. McIntosh Gallery collaborates with artists, curators and academics to develop strategies to interpret and disseminate visual culture. Exhibitions, educational programs and special events provide an enriching and exciting platform for engagement with visual art and artists.
Since 1950, Thielsen Gallery has represented the titans of the Canadian art world with fine paintings, sculpture and graphics. The gallery has a dedicated interest in the Painters Eleven Group, the influential artist`s group from Toronto who helped introduce abstract painting into the mainstream of Canadian art in the 1950s. You can view a rotating exhibition of artists represented by the Thielsen Gallery in the public rooms of the Idlewyld Inn & Spa.
Westland Gallery is known for its eclectic and diverse exhibitions representing over 50 established and emerging local artists. Westland Gallery’s sister company is The Art Exchange, they are located a couple short blocks away from one another on Wortley Rd., in Wortley Village.
Westland Gallery and The Art Exchange
The ARTS Project features two intimate gallery spaces with changing exhibits throughout the year. An interesting hybrid space, the venue features high ceilings, hardwood floors, gallery lighting as well as a black-box theatre. Bringing performances and arts education together in downtown London, The ARTS Project supports emerging artists and hosts hands-on classes taught by practicing professional artists in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting and sculpture.
The ARTS Project
The privately-owned art gallery provides a welcoming environment for the public to engage in contemporary art.
The collaborative lab is a funded project representing arts, academia and accessibility where artists, scientists and students can learn about and experiment in the vibrational arts. This includes singular vibrations and in combination with video and audio media formats. The public is welcomed into the space for regular art shows, workshops, concerts and performances.
258 Dundas Street
London, ON • N6A 1H3
203 Dundas Street
London, ON • N6A 1G4
355 Clarence St.
London, ON • N6A 3M4
157 Carling St.
London, ON • N6A 1H5
123 Dundas St.
London, ON • N6A 1G1
258 Richmond St.
London, ON • N6B 2H7
421 Ridout Street North
London, ON • N6A 5H4
36 Grand Avenue
London, ON • N6C 1K8
156 Wortley Rd.
London, ON • N6C 4Y7
Western University, 1151 Richmond Street
London, ON • N6A 3K7