Community art is Popping Up across the Ottawa Valley

Whether you are exploring new modes of artistic expression or in need of a creative escape, there are opportunities for artists and creative people across the Ottawa Valley to take part in the next round of Pop Up Art. Organized by Ottawa Valley Community Arts (OV-CAOS), in partnership with the Community Resource Centre – Killaloe, and funded by The Ontario Trillium Foundation, this latest project will feature multiple public art exhibitions in venues across the Ottawa Valley between March 2021 and June 2023. The exhibitions will include themed, juried, multi-artist works and open-community exhibits.

Artists are encouraged to participate in a number of exhibitions exploring specific themes:

  • The Welcome To My World exhibition aims to open the doors to our inner worlds so we can connect with others.
  • The Good Ancestor exhibition explores our personal connections to the past.
  • People and Place is a textile installation inspired by the topography of the Ottawa Valley and will include up to 50 community collaborators.
  • The Wish You Were Here postal art exhibition invites the general public to create a postcard-sized artwork that will become part of a larger exhibit.

Past participant Kathryn Bossy explains her experience as a Pop Up Art artist, “The Pop Up Art gallery is a rare and exciting opportunity to showcase our county and how, as artists, we translate this into art.”

Above: detail of Bossy’s bee-themed mosaic piece in Pop Up Art 2020

In addition to the main exhibitions, Pop Up Art events and Pop Up Art art-making workshops will be taking place in locations throughout the Valley, lead by artist-facilitators. The goal of Pop Up Art is to address the need for
Ottawa Valley residents to have more opportunities to interact with art in public spaces.

If you would like to get involved as an exhibition artist or an artist facilitator, please visit for more information, or contact Anya Gansterer at before November 22 2020.

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