Get back in the classroom this fall and register for one of our part-time classes! This fall, lots of our classic offerings are open for registration including Portrait ConceptsStreet WorkDigital Photography I: FoundationPhotoshop ILightroom ISpeedlite III and Darkroom I

Beyond the BasicsDesigning the Photobook and the Art of Digital Printmakingwill return this fall, as well as Studio Lighting I: Foundation and the masterclass Photographic Vision and Language. We're also offering workshops including Resin Epoxy and Food Photography!

There's something for everyone at SPAO this fall, so register in a class today!


Opening in July on Friday the 13th and running until September 23, 2018, the SPAO Centre Gallery is honoured to present Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside, the first exhibition in Ottawa of work by the internationally acclaimed South Africa-based photographer. Known for his inspired use of black and white film, Roger Ballen has sparked controversy through his exploration of the shadowy depths of human consciousness. Developing a style he describes as ‘documentary fiction,’ he has collaborated with people living on the margins of South African society to create powerful psychodramas.

Curated by SPAO’s Creative Director Jonathan Hobin, the exhibition presents a selection of photographs and videos that capture Ballen’s signature mix of raw and surreal imagery, inviting viewers to enter into an uncanny dreamworld. Roger Ballen: There Is No Outside is the first in SPAO’s new series of annual exhibitions that feature an international artist. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

ROGER BALLEN is one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century. Born in the United States in 1950, Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1980. By integrating drawing into his photographic and video works, Ballen has made a lasting contribution to the field of art and produced a powerful commentary about the human condition and its creative potential.

JONATHAN HOBIN is an award-winning and internationally noted photo-based artist and art director. He is currently the Creative and Executive Director of SPAO.


 photographs by full-time SPAO alumni (L-R): Joyce Crago, Richard Robesco, & Danni-Rae Mistaken Chief

photographs by full-time SPAO alumni (L-R): Joyce Crago, Richard Robesco, & Danni-Rae Mistaken Chief

SPAO’s two-year diploma program Photographic Arts and Production offers a unique opportunity to cultivate individual vision and craft, acquire comprehensive analogue and digital photography skills, and develop a broad understanding of photographic theory and history. The only program of its kind in Canada, SPAO's Photographic Arts and Production offers students an intensive, community-oriented and collaborative learning experience. Educated and evaluated in large part through their performance, students develop and present portfolios and signature pieces and present these works in the school's exhibition spaces. Teaching and learning take place in a workshop environment designed to support the school’s motto: VISION, CONTENT, CRAFT.