The SPAO Centre is home to the SPAO Centre Gallery, the Ottawa region's only independent and critical gallery space dedicated to photographic and video art. Located in the heart of Little Italy, within SPAO, the Gallery is close to Ottawa's new Light Rail Transit system, Dow's Lake, and the Arboretum. The Gallery is a short walk from other arts hubs, small businesses, museums, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment.
The SPAO Centre Gallery produces seven exhibitions per year celebrating the work of regional, national and international artists working in lens-based media. Four of these exhibitions pay CARFAC fees to professional exhibiting artists; the remaining three exhibition opportunities are provided to the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa as an opportunity to celebrate the 3 facets of its mentorship structure: the Photographic Arts and Production Program, Part-Time Studies, and International Artist Residency.
The SPAO Centre Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 12-5, or by chance. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. There is no admission fee and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.
On September 28, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm, join us at the SPAO Centre Gallery (77 Pamilla St.) for the opening reception of the 2018 SPAO Artist Residency Exhibition, featuring the photo-based work of India d’Scarlett and Neeko Paluzzi. The SPAO Residency is designed for artists who have completed formal training and are ready for an intensive focus on an aspect of their career or a specific project. It is a self-directed residency that affords the time and environment needed to research, experiment, and produce a new body of photo-based work. Click here to find out more.
This exhibition is the culmination of the 2017-18 Artist Residencies and features work created by the artists during their tenure at the SPAO Centre. d’Scarlett’s photo series Melt looks at the relationship between a queer couple while exploring the photographer’s own queer identity. Using experimental techniques, she blurs the boundaries of the two lovers’ bodies, depicting oneness, intimacy and connection. For "TONES, This Place is a Shelter," Paluzzi has used darkroom equipment as a musical instrument to visualize a minimalist composition by Olafur Arnalds by creating exposures that match the tonality of the music, note for note. Presented together, the works by these two artists represent the range of experimentation and exploration offered by the residency.
The exhibition continues until October 27. It is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays between 12 and 5 pm. The SPAO Centre is barrier-free and fully accessible.
India d’Scarlett is a photographic artist from Cairns, Australia. d’Scarlett received a BFA in Photography with High Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. d’Scarlett’s work uses experimental in-camera techniques to blur the lines between women, their environment, and preconceived notions of their sexuality. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and Canada.
Neeko Paluzzi is an Ottawa-based artist and educator whose images blend the possibilities of traditional darkroom processes with contemporary photographic techniques. He is a graduate of the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (2017) and holds a Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa (2013). Neeko is the recipient of the 2017 SPHINX bursary from the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (in support of the residency) and the 2018 Project X Photography Grant from the Ottawa Arts Council.