Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen
The truest thing said at La Nouvelle Scene on Tuesday night was this: “Ottawa deserves a Nuit Blanche.”
And it does. Ottawa is all grown up now when it comes to visual arts, not as grown up as New York City or Paris or Florence, admittedly, but grown up nonetheless. It has a base of national institutions – the National Gallery, the Museum of Civilization, the War Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery (ha! Just kidding, Stephen Harper, go back to your cutting).
Ottawa has a determined if ill-housed city art gallery, and – this perhaps most significant – it now has at least three clearly defined art districts, those cluster of smaller, private galleries that have popped up organically wherever the growing conditions are best; the Byward Market, Wellington-Westboro, and Bank Street in Centretown.
Ottawa also has established, annual events that draw attention to visual arts of various types, most notably Festival X, the photography biennial. There are smaller events, such as Chinatown Remixed, the weekend of art installations in that neighbourhood, or the monthly “First Thursdays” gallery hop in Wellington West, or the formerly named Art in the Park in the Glebe (a neighbourhood that, despite all its affluence and education, has seen all of its art galleries/shops close in the past two years).
Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: And a Nuit Blanche for Ottawa is born…