Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

May 19, 2016 14:00 ET

Art in the Courtyards 2016 Salutes Canadian Women Artists

Annual outdoor art exhibit honours the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 19, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The annual outdoor art exhibit beloved by residents and tourists alike in Canada's Capital Region is open in time for the Victoria Day long weekend.

This year, to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada, the annual public exhibit Art in the Courtyards-located in the Clarendon and York courtyards in downtown Ottawa-presents "Visionary and Daring - Canadian Women Artists / Visionnaires et audacieuses - Femmes artistes canadiennes."

The exhibit features the work of 16 outstanding Canadian women artists. Although the women are different ages, come from different regions of Canada and lived in different eras, they have all shared Canada's art with the world through their bold and creative works. Each one has pushed the envelope of what it means to be a woman artist in Canada.

Quick Facts

- Art in the Courtyards is an annual seasonal program where visitors are invited to discover public art while exploring the Sussex courtyards in the ByWard Market in Ottawa.

- The art featured in the exhibit was selected from the Canada Council Art Bank, the largest collection of contemporary Canadian arts in the world.

- Reproductions of various Canadian artworks are mounted in the courtyards from May until October.

- Information on the artists and pieces featured in this year's Art in the Courtyards, as well as on other public art programs, can be found here.


"Art in the Courtyards is a wonderful way to enjoy Canadian art in a casual setting. This year, as we mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada, I am proud Canadians will have the opportunity to experience the innovative and inspiring works of 16 women artists. Through their works, these women-truly pioneers-share their vision of Canada with us."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The Art Bank collection is not only the largest collection of contemporary Canadian artwork, but a repository of stories and artists who have marked Canadian history. We're thrilled to share these works with all Canadians as a reminder of art's unique capacity to incite social change and help shape the future."

- Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

Associated Links

Art in the Courtyards

Canada Council Art Bank

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