Come explore art, get creative, and connect with culture!
We’re open 7 days a week (except statutory holidays) and it’s free to visit!
Station Gallery is a non-profit public art gallery offering art classes for all ages and abilities, engaging exhibitions, family art days and fun community events. We’re open seven days a week and it’s always free to visit thanks to our donors and supporters. Station Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Our Mission

Unleash the power of arts and culture to educate, connect and inspire our diverse communities in meaningful and compelling ways.

Our Vision

Arts and culture flourish in Durham Region and are recognized as being at the heart of our thriving communities.

2018 Donor Report

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2019-2021 Strategic Plan

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Our History:

From Whitby Junction to Station Gallery

In 1967, a group of passionate arts enthusiasts in Whitby started a community gallery, operating under the name Whitby Arts Incorporated. In 1969, the group, supported by interested volunteers and benefactors, purchased Whitby’s Grand Trunk Railway Station, which had been slated for demolition. The station was saved from being torn down and moved to Henry and Victoria Streets in 1970. The name Station Gallery was adopted to reflect the heritage of the building.

The idea of a gallery was born from a conversation between two members, Mrs. William Sala and Mrs. Stanley Blackwell, who were discussing the charm and historical interest of the C.N. Station (formerly Whitby Junction G.T.R.) located down on Byron Street. The building was soon to be closed and therefore doomed to be demolished. While Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell obtained permission from the C.N.R., Mrs. William Irwin contacted a Toronto house mover about transporting the building. With the help of Canadian National which provided the building, the Town of Whitby that offered the site, and an anonymous donor who paid for the moving and rehabilitation, Whitby Arts Incorporated inherited a home.

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Station Gallery began a major transformation in 2005, supported by unprecedented municipal cultural commitment. The original Grand Trunk Railway Station was moved across the street to the current location at 1450 Henry St.

The building expansion saw Station Gallery’s space increase to close to 10,000 sq. feet. Designed by Phil Goldsmith of the nationally acclaimed Goldsmith, Borgal and Company, the new addition significantly enhanced gallery capacity with increased exhibition, studio, collection storage and administrative space.

The newly renovated Station Gallery re-opened on January 3, 2006, with an exhibition comprised of a selection of works from the Canada Council Art Bank entitled Cross-Over.

From its small beginning in 1967 of five members, Whitby Arts Incorporated had grown to include 450 members today. Station Gallery has been expanding to meet the needs with its steadily growing programs. In the spring and fall, different adult and children’s’ art programs are still held every weeknight and weekend mornings. Special weekend workshops in areas such as watercolours, lithography, acrylic painting, papermaking and photography are held throughout the year.

Station Gallery has operated as a community visual arts centre for almost 50 years. Be sure to stop in and check out the beautiful architecture of both the new and heritage exhibition spaces.

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A Message from our CEO

Every day at Station Gallery, we’re able to touch the lives and hearts of people in our community by connecting them to art and creativity through our curated exhibitions, educational programs and permanent collection. Inspiration is what you’ll find here at SG, and something that we feel is essential to all areas of life.

We strive to build connections at SG – connections between art and our world, our members, our local communities and the wider Canadian art community. Engaging people through art and art-making is what we do best, and we offer many exciting events and activities that continue to connect people and art in new ways.

SG is immensely grateful for all of the private and public contributions that help sustain our ability to bring art to life within our gallery walls and beyond. We would like to give special thanks to our patrons, donors and volunteers for helping “make art happen” at SG, and for allowing us to stand behind our statement that art is for everyone.

Open Studio

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Looking for a studio space with a community feel? SG Members are welcome to stop in for a couple of hours on Mondays to get creative in our spacious, well-lit studios. It’s a great opportunity for practicing professionals and emerging artists to work independently in a peer setting alongside other artists from the community., offering a way to network, and share and develop skills. No formal instruction is provided. Participants bring their own materials, and pre-registration is recommended.

10am – 3pm

16+ years FREE for SG Patrons only

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Station Gallery Print Studio

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At Station Gallery, printmaking is kind of our thing. To date, our permanent collection holds a total of 338 works –only 18 of which are not print-based. This means that 95% of our collection IS print-based! We've been incorporating more and more printmaking into our kids' programs, and offering new youth and adult courses because it’s something we really believe in and want to share with YOU!

Printmakers will tell you it's all about the process. It's so easy to fall in love with each and every step, from creating your design to mixing inks to catching the first glimpse of the finished print.

The community aspect of creating and sharing a print suite is so satisfying. We hope you'll give it a try and see if you catch the printmaking fever too!

Visit Us

Come explore art, get creative, and connect with culture! We’re open 7 days a week (except statutory holidays) and it’s free to visit!

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Hours of Operation

Mon10am – 4:30pm

Tues10am – 4:30pm

Wed10am – 4:30pm

Thurs10am – 9:00pm

Fri10am – 4:30pm

Sat12pm – 4:00pm

Sun12pm – 4:00pm

Holiday Closures

New Year’s Day – January 1, 2020

Family Day – February, 17, 2020

Good Friday – Friday, April 10, 2020

Easter Monday – Monday, April 13, 2020

Victoria Day – Monday, May 18, 2020

Canada Day – Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Civic Holiday – Monday August 3 2020

Labour Day – Monday, September 7, 2020

Thanksgiving – Monday, October 12, 2020

Christmas Eve – Thursday December 24, 2020

Christmas Day – Friday December 25, 2020

Boxing Day – Saturday December 26, 2020

New Years Eve – Thursday December 31, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions
SG is a creative hub in the community! We’re a public art gallery and a registered charity. We show art exhibitions of emerging, mid-career and established artists. We bring art and culture to kids, youth, adults and families of all ages and abilities through programs, classes and workshops, performances and special events. We are a resource to artists and champion of all things empowering and creative.

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