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Exhibits in public spaces provide the community an opportunity to experience original art, historic photos, or cultural treasures that reflect St. Catharines' stories, creative self-expression, experiences, and perspectives.

Each year, exhibits are displayed on a rotating basis on the 3rd floor of City Hall, in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Centennial Gardens. These exhibits are co-ordinated by the City's Cultural Services office with support from the Public Art Advisory Committee.



 St. Catharines City Hall 

 Current Exhibit


Taking the Stage

. . . explores the history of St. Catharines' performing arts through photography. Twelve historical images celebrate performing artists from the early twentieth century to present day. At a time when the arts are flourishing in St. Catharines, now you can see . . . what came before! An exhibit brought to you by the City of St. Catharines Cultural Services Office.


An exhibit space on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, outside Council Chambers displays two to four exhibits each year. 



FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre


Current Exhibit in the Film House Gallery 

Leading the Way: Pioneering Women of St. Catharines


Spring 2017 to Spring 2018

Originally displayed at the St. Catharines Museum, Leading the Way profiles some of the remarkable women who have called St. Catharines home over the last 150 years and highlights the important contributions women have made in our City's history.

Exhibit presented with the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.


Current Exhibit in the Joy Williams Lobby

On the Down Beat | Seventy Years of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

April 24, 2017 to May 20, 2018

An exhibit of photographs and materials, On the Down Beat celebrates the 70-year history of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, from a community ensemble to a fully professional regional orchestra. This local display is part of a larger project to document the NSO's history in a comprehensive digital exhibit on the Virtual Museum of Canada's website.

Exhibit presented with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

Centennial Gardens

When Centennial Gardens was unveiled in 1967 it included commemorative plaques representing the 12 provinces and territories of the time. These plaques were installed on a concrete wall that surrounds the Doug Cranmer Totem Pole. The original plaques disappeared years ago but distinct blank rectangles remain. These spaces now provide an opportunity for public art exhibits.

Current Exhibit

Merritton logo

This exhibit of historic photos celebrates the vibrant history of the former Town of Merritton, now a neighbourhood within St. Catharines. 

"No matter how far they may wander, no matter how high up the ladder of success they climb, there is still no place like home." Hugh J. Main, former owner of Main Drug Store, from the book Merritton Centennial 1874-1974


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