It’s often said art brings communities to life, and nowhere is this more true than in Thunder Bay. In recent years the art scene has exploded, bringing vibrancy, creativity and inspiration to every corner of the city.

Learn more about the city's galleries below and visit our directory of Galleries and Studios to find more information, addresses and maps to each.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is the largest public gallery between Sault Ste. Marie and Winnipeg. 

The works in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection tell many stories and are exhibited regularly. Paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, beadwork, fine craft and art installations comprise this rich collection. Represented are Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island as well as artists from Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

The largest public gallery between Sault Ste. Marie and Winnipeg, the Gallery presents exhibitions by regional, national, and international artists. The Gallery also offers adult and children’s art classes, tours, special events and a gift shop. Free parking and wheelchair accessible.

Ahnisnabae Art Gallery

Owned and operated by Louise Thomas, the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery is dedicated to the memory of her late husband, artist Roy Thomas, and carries on his legacy and dreams by showcasing his works, as well as those of several other local artists.

Chenier Fine Arts

Chenier Fine Arts showcases a diverse selection of original art by regional and international artists. Mediums include paintings, mixed media, original prints, sculpture, wheel thrown stoneware and hand-built paper clay vessels.

Definitely Superior (Defsup) Art Gallery

The Definitely Superior (Defsup) Art Gallery is Northwest Ontario's leading-edge artist-run centre for the contemporary arts. It operates as an alternative to both the commercial art galleries and to the larger, mainstream public galleries. Local citizens and visitors can experience multi-disciplinary activities such as artist workshops and lectures, film and video screenings, media arts installations, performance art, experimental sound/audio, music and literacy events.

CO.LAB Gallery

An innovative, entirely female-led gallery and artspace featuring work by women and gender nonconforming individuals. In addition to featuring art pieces, Goods & Co. also hosts regular workshops led by local creators on a variety of topics including photography, fibre arts, woodworking, printmaking, music lessons, paint nights, cooking, floral arrangements, and more!

Gallery 33

Gallery 33 is dedicated to supporting a diverse artistic talent. They have a large collection of paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and offer workshops for aspiring artists.

The Creative Company

The Creative Company is a studio, gallery and gift shop all in one! They focus on encouraging creativity with their at-home art kits and colouring kits, as well as offering a variety of prints and originals for sale.

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