Community

The Owens serves the local and wider community through a program of contemporary and historical exhibitions that highlight regional, national, and international artists. We present dynamic public programs that engage our community in art and artmaking.

Regular programs include monthly Make Something Sunday for families, artist talks, workshops, an open house with behind-the-scenes access, and a yearly fundraising art auction, The Sweetest Little Thing, held in partnership with Struts Gallery.

Our partnership with Struts encompasses Umbrella Projects, conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic, and past partnerships such as A Handmade Assembly.

While most programs take place at the Owens, off-site programming takes us to various community locations.

In a large gallery, two adults sit together around a table making collages. Scattered across the surface of the table are many different colourful scraps of paper, magazines and supplies. Behind them, several collages are displayed pinned to strings on a wall.

Current Community Programs

Two hands hold the cover of a Cloud Collection with "CLOUD COLLECTION DIANE BORSATO" in large uppercase blue type.

Diane Borsato: Cloud Collection

Observations of clouds and other ephemeral phenomena in the permanent collection of the Owens Art Gallery

You Are Here

Seeing Sackville through the Owens Art Gallery Collection

Openings

Celebrate new exhibitions

Artist Talks

Attend talks by local, national, and internationally recognized artists

A hand holds up three pin-back buttons. One is a smiling clown face, the next a tangle of pink worms and th elast had an adult's face with the text "what the heck" written above them.

Maker Maker

Seriously small after-hours art workshops

Two adults sit in arm chairs. Between them is a small table with a wooden display shelf that holds a selection of small publications. While one of them reads a publication, the other peruses the shelf. Behind them is a sign with text that reads "TEENY TINY ZINE LIBRARY".

Zine Library

An ever-growing collection of zines, artists' books and handmade publications

A black box is slightly opened. Stamped on the front with silver foil are the words "œuvres fantōmes 1".

Entre les lignes : Incubateur de la pensée écrite

Ateliers de formation professionnelle en écriture

Studio 360°

An up-close look at artists' working spaces

Two adults stand over a long table displaying several elaborately decorated cakes on a red table cloth. They put a paper flag on a dowel in one of the cakes, while a crowd of people of all ages mingle together in the gallery space behind them.

The Sweetest Little Thing

Annual fundraising art auction

Past Community Programs

Colourful hand-drawn text that reads MAKER MATIC in red, blue and grey is animated to wiggle inside a hand-drawn box. An arrow moves around the edge of the box clockwise, and confetti appears periodically.

MAKERmatic

Custom Maker Kits Designed for You

A hand picks up a pressed flower petal from a table, while another hand holds a paintbrush. On the surface of the table, there is an in-progress collage, cups of glue, loose pressed flower petals, plain white paper, and newspaper.

A Handmade Assembly

Organized collaboratively with Struts Gallery

A group of adults stand in an art conservation lab examining a framed portrait painting under ultra violet light. The whole scene is cast in a blue glow.

Owens After Dark

Get a special backstage pass to the Owens

The Collage Party

A nomadic, public studio by Paul Butler

A close-up of a child’s hands using a tactile drawing tool to emboss lines of a drawing into a sheet of white paper.

Automatisme Ambulatoire Matinée

An afternoon of art and dance

A clothed figure model stands in the centre of a gallery on top of a wooden plinth, with their feet apart and arms outstretched. Adults sit in a circle around the model, drawing them from observation.

Drawing in the Galleries

An all-ages drawing extravaganza