The Ottawa Art Gallery and Accessible Art in the Capital

During Doors Open Ottawa this year, I visited the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), one of my favourite places in Ottawa.

Why do I love the Ottawa Art Gallery?

– Wheelchair accessible
– Admission is free or by donation except for ticketed events
– Quiet places to take a break from the world, sit and enjoy the art, have a snack or coffee, or lounge outside.
– Wide range of local artists
– Tons of events and festivals throughout the year
– Good spot to engage with people, including artists, and have conversations about art and culture
– Great place for inspiration and creativity
– Staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to help
– Truly welcoming to all
– Art and creativity is really good for your mental health

I’ve been going to the Ottawa Art Gallery for several years, even before their huge renovation and expansion.

When I went on Saturday, I checked out a few exhibits and listened to some DJs. Since it was Doors Open Ottawa, I went to the Digital Resource Centre and the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative Of Ottawa (IFCO) to see what they’re all about.

The last two stops gave me ideas for possible projects in the future.

As I mentioned, the OAG is really wheelchair accessible. In fact, I would put it in my top five list of places in Ottawa in terms of wheelchair accessibility. I haven’t done an actual list yet. Sadly, I think five would be the limit—at least for me and my beast of a wheelchair.

While I’m on the topic, the layout can be confusing. ​​Thankfully, though, signs are posted beside the elevators.

Mental health is another important topic near and dear to my heart. The OAG has plenty of quiet spots to enjoy art in a calm environment. Art helps me relax, clear my mind, or focus on the art itself, and try to see various meanings and interpretations.

Art is deeply personal and intimate; it can mean so many different things to different people. I often ask myself what the artist is trying to say or how the art makes me feel.

Other times, I see a piece of art that makes me think about myself and my life. I love that it can be surprising and unexpected.

I plan on spending more time at the OAG this Summer. Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there and connect with other artists and people.

Ottawa Fringe Festival

Speaking of spending more time at the OAG, I’ve purchased a pass to see ten performances at this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival. Last year, I bought a pass for the first time; it covered five shows, yet I ended up attending eight and had an amazing time.

I haven’t had a chance to map out the shows I want to see yet, but there are plenty that piqued my interest. I need to figure out the times and days I’ll be able to attend — minor details.

In case you didn’t notice, I’m looking forward to it.

In case you are wondering what a Fringe Festival is. According to, “The Fringe Festival has been a hub of creativity and expression for over two decades, showcasing art that pushes traditional theatre’s boundaries. Our festival is dedicated to providing a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their talents and connect with audiences. With over 40 productions across multiple venues, the Fringe Festival has something for everyone. From hilarious comedies to thought-provoking dramas, from dance performances to experimental shows, you’re sure to find something that speaks to you.

The festival supports local artists and is celebrated for its distinctive approach to theatre, focusing on accessibility and inclusivity. It further ensures that everyone can experience the magic of theatre by offering affordable admission prices. This year’s edition runs from June 13th to June 23rd.

For more information about the Ottawa Fringe Festival, visit

I hope to see you there!

Until next week, stay safe and keep on rolling.