Ottawa Art Gallery, Call for Directors



The new Ottawa Art Gallery is a place for the curious to explore, support and experience Ottawa’s rich artistic heritage – building a hub for creative conversations and connections.

Join us as we continue to build an important, relevant and responsive public institution.

The new OAG seeks community builders interested in joining our Board of Directors as we take the next step in our evolution. Join our team of dedicated and ambitious Board members, staff and volunteers - experience the legacy and shape the future of visual arts and culture in Ottawa.

At the point where three rivers meet, the Ottawa-Gatineau region has long been a site of exchange and interconnection. This historical role has influenced the design of the OAG expansion and the gallery’s programmatic and operational philosophy. Growing five times its previous size, the OAG represents a coming of age for Ottawa and its arts scene. Our unique approach to this major cultural infrastructure project exemplifies how we do things differently and effectively at the gallery, working in concert with artists and the diverse communities we serve while reflecting a progressive and humanistic view of society.


If you have an interest in the arts, a capacity for strategic thinking and a passion for public engagement, we encourage you to apply to join the OAG team.


The OAG is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and is designated as Ottawa’s municipal art gallery.


Learn more about the OAG and the kind of Board members we are seeking by visiting our website at If you think that you could contribute to the OAG and are inspired by our vision for the arts in Ottawa and the region, we encourage you to apply by submitting an expression of interest (max. 500 words) outlining your understanding of what the OAG is trying to achieve and how your experience can help us in our evolution as well as a brief biography (max 250 words).

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 30th at 5pm and should be submitted as a pdf to or via mail to Ottawa Art Gallery, c/o Zoë MacNeil, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2. Please direct questions to Zoë MacNeil via email at with the subject line: OAG Board of Directors

The Ottawa Art Gallery thanks all applicants for their interest in the position but only those applicants selected for an interview with be contacted.

What you need to know:

OAG Vision, Mandate and Strategic Priorities

Ottawa Art Gallery’s Vision and Mandate

Creating the City of Ottawa’s foremost centre for visual arts and culture

Ottawa Art Gallery’s mandate is to be the most vital visual arts institution in Ottawa. As a leader in the community, it presents new ideas and provides a cultural meeting place that actively promotes relationships and exchanges between artists and the various, diverse facets of our community. Ottawa Art Gallery explores and reflects on diversity and social change through a spectrum of visual arts practice, focused on but not exclusive to the region in a national and international context.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is seeking Directors who possess some or all of the following qualities:

  • A desire to help build an important public institution
  • An interest in visual arts and the role of a municipal art gallery
  • A desire to engage with Ottawa’s diverse communities
  • A commitment to supporting the realization of OAG’s vision, mandate and strategic priorities
  • An understanding of the inherent risks in non-profit organizations and help integrate the management of risk into the organization's planning, decision-making, and reporting mechanisms
  • The ability/willingness to commit time, energy, and resources to fully participate in all board meetings (6 per year) special (as required) and annual general meetings (1 annually) and to engage as committee members
  • A commitment to representing the Board at OAG meetings and events hosted at the OAG and within the community
  • A commitment to supporting the OAG’s fundraising efforts
  • A receptiveness  to diverse experiences, opinions and perspectives
  • A collegial demeanor  and an ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstration of  high ethical standards and integrity
  • The ability to read and understand financial statements and the organization's financial performance, including the ability to assess the financial impact (whether internal or external) of a decision or circumstance.
  • The ability to see the big picture, to ask relevant and probing questions at the strategic level, to challenge management's assumptions when needed, and to differentiate between governance and management responsibilities.