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Motion - ExhibitExhibits

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

Motion- Exhibit


St. Catharines' Annual 2018 Juried Exhibition, “Motion” called upon artists to consider what movement in the everyday life of our community looks like. In an increasingly digitally connected age, which allows one to travel anywhere in the world instantaneously, the physical act of transportation is often taken for granted.

Motion can be autonomous and self-directed, taking place on streets and trails, using feet or bicycles to transition from point A to B. It can also be directed by pre-designed and designated transportation vehicles and routes, creating a diverse range of interactions and experiences between individuals and their environment.

“Motion” gives audiences an opportunity to consider what the process of movement means to them in their community. How does it feel? What does it sound like?

 Throughout this exhibit you will discover what motion in our City means to fifteen (15) local artists. These chosen artists have expressed their thoughts through a variety of artistic mediums, such as, textile, photography and paint.

Abstract City Hall 



Abstract City Hall, currently on display at City Hall on the second floor, was created during a Willow Arts Community Workshop which was delivered by instructor Mark Roe -- Artist and member of Willow Arts Community. 

Willow Arts Community is a not-for-profit arts organization that supports the creative goals of aspiring, emerging, and established artists with lived experience  of mental health/addictions.  

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Current Exhibit in the Film House Gallery


Heroes - in - Peace

Heroes in Peace: Building the Welland Ship Canal 

On Display: September 27 to TBD 


Carl Beam: Us and Everything 

Exhibition | Carl Beam: Us and Everything

January 11, 2019 to December 18, 2019 

An exhibit of works by contemporary Indigenous artist Carl Beam.


Carl Beam (Ojibwe, 1943 – 2005), is one of the most important artists in Canadian Contemporary Art History, noted as the first Canadian of Native Ancestry to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as Contemporary Art.

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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