Who We Are
KWAG is Waterloo Region's leading public art gallery, connecting people and ideas through art, with a focus on the best of contemporary culture. For the benefit of current and future generations, the Gallery collects, preserves, researches, interprets, and exhibits the visual arts and offers dynamic public programming relating to the visual arts, all with a view to inspiring creativity and an appreciation of the visual arts in the Region. Established in 1956 and incorporated in 1968, KWAG is a non-profit organization open to the public and administered in the public trust. The Gallery emphasizes contemporary art, often premiering works by Canadian and international artists. Exhibitions frequently draw upon selections from over 4000 works from the Permanent Collection to provide a context and forum for dialogue on current exhibitions and contemporary issues. KWAG plays a vital educational role in the community, offering a full spectrum of artistic experience for adults, children and families alike. For general information, contact email@example.com or Visitors Services at 519.579.5860 ext. 100.
KWAG respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
In support of the mission of "connecting people and ideas through art", KWAG provides the public with a wide range of experiences in the visual arts through high quality exhibitions of regional, national and international art, education and public programs, outreach activities, specialized workshops, publications, collection accessibility, research and art expertise. Our key objectives for exhibitions focus on generating dialogue with contemporary art and its issues, regional, national and international art practices, different art forms and disciplines, collection and non-collection projects.
Economically and culturally, KWAG contributes to the community by cultivating the area's distinguished social and cultural foundation - a foundation that underpins the continued and growing prosperity of the region.
We are guided by the following values:
We inspire originality, curiosity and discovery through the experience of art.
We are a public art gallery, actively drawing our community together into a shared experience of art that moves us
from sight to insight.
We are recognized for our expertise, professionalism, and integrity. We are the standard-bearer for the visual arts in our region, seeking excellence and having the courage to lead.
We actively develop meaningful relationships with our partners, building synergy and mutually enhancing diversity
View our 2015 Annual Report HERE>