Mission and Vision
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.
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.
Station Gallery is a registered Canadian charity # 11929 7042 RR0001
Unleash the power of arts and culture to educate, connect and inspire our diverse communities in meaningful and compelling ways.
Arts and culture flourish in Durham Region and are recognized as being at the heart of our thriving communities.
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.
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.