About

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.

2016 Donor Report

To view the 2016 Station Gallery Donor Report, please click to view: SG_Donor_Report

A Message from our CEO

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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 members, donors and volunteers for helping “make art happen” at SG, and for allowing us to stand behind our statement that art is for everyone.


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.

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Station Gallery began a major transformation in 2005, supported by unprecedented municipal cultural commitment. The original Grand Trunk Railway Station and Port Stanley boxcar were 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. Station Gallery has operated as a community visual arts centre for 45 years. Be sure to stop in and check out the beautiful architecture of both the new and heritage exhibition spaces.

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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.

Mondays, October 2 – December 11 (studio closed October 9)

Mondays, January 22 – March 26 (shortened hours on Februrary 19, 10am-2pm, studio closed March 12)

10am – 3pm

16+ years FREE for SG Members only

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The Nick Novak Boxcar 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! The Nick Novak Boxcar Studio is also available for Open Print Studio use by experienced printmakers May – October each year. Participants bring their own materials, and pre-registration is recommended.

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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

Statutory holiday closures

New Year’s Day – January 1, 2017

Good Friday – Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Monday – Monday, April 17, 2017

Victoria Day – Monday, May 22, 2017

Canada Day – Saturday, July 1, 2017

Civic Holiday – Monday August 7, 2017

Labour Day – Monday, September 4, 2017

Thanksgiving – Monday, October 9, 2017

Christmas Day – Monday, December 25, 2017

Boxing Day – Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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.

A public art gallery mounts exhibitions by artists (who receive payment for showcasing their work) and actively acquires artworks for their Permanent Collections. No direct commercial sales activity takes place in public galleries (though many have gift shops and art rental/sales facilities as part of separate fundraising activities).

The primary focus for public art galleries is to make art available to be seen (sometimes touched, heard, and occasionally even smelled) by the general public and to provide arts education.

Visits to Station Gallery are free thanks to donations from community partners, individuals and a whole bunch of volunteers.

We depend on annual memberships to help keep us afloat and raise funds through community events and the fees we earn on our programs and classes.

Let’s make sure money doesn’t stand in the way of creativity! Each season we set aside a few subsidized spots in our programs and camp.

Live in Whitby?

If you have a Town of Whitby Access Pass, we can offer you up to $120 in discounts on our programs and classes.

If you don’t have an Access Pass, find out if you qualify. Talk to Sarah Klein at the Town of Whitby by calling 905-430-4300 ext.2221 or kleins@nullwhitby.ca.

In Durham Region but outside of Whitby?

You’re welcome too. Just bring your Durham Region Social Service Certificate when you’re registering. You can get one by calling the Department of Social Services, Region of Durham at 905-666-6239.

Ready to jump on board at Station Gallery? If you spot a class or workshop that fits, find out if a spot is available – first come, first served. Community Accessibility statement 2012

Talk to Natalie at Station Gallery 905-668-4185 or email her, kauffmann@nullstationgallery.ca

Station Gallery is unleashing the power of arts and culture to inspire and connect our community– thanks to our generous donors like the Town of Whitby, Ontario Arts Council, the Rotary Club of Whitby, TD Bank, OPG and the Cameron Sharrock Memorial Fund.

In most cases exhibitions rotate on a six-week basis. We have four main gallery spaces. The Jill Dyall Community Gallery is reserved for community exhibitions. The other three galleries may feature a single artist or group collection. Exhibition openings are often on the first Saturday of a new exhibition.

SG’s Curator Olex Wlasenko gives a guided tour and interpretation of each exhibition on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

No. We don’t sell the works within the exhibitions though we’re always happy to pass inquires along to the artist

Gallery rentals are available at the discretion of SG; availability is dependent upon scheduled exhibitions and events. Contact art@nullwhitbystationgallery.com to inquire.

You can submit a proposal to the Curator at any time. It should include:

A cover letter; a specific written proposal for an exhibition; slides or disk of electronic images (about 15 images) a CV or resume detailing artistic accomplishments (exhibitions, grants, reviews, etc.) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for materials to be returned.

Please note a response to your proposal will take between 4 and 6 months. Exhibitions are planned 1 – 2 years in advance.

We’re always looking for innovative and engaging professional artist instructors. Contact our Community and Specialized Education Lead Hailey Yates at yatesh@nullwhitbystationgallery.com to start the conversation.

Sure! Photography for personal and non-commercial use is permitted throughout the exhibition spaces and exterior unless otherwise stated. Some works are under copyright, so on occasion we may post a sign asking for your cooperation.

We didn’t set the copyright rules but we certainly respect them.

Shoot away on the exterior including the boxcar and historical rail station.

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