WAG About Us

Woodstock Art Gallery front entrance

About the Woodstock Art Gallery

The Woodstock Art Gallery occupies three floors of the former John White Building, located in the heart of downtown Woodstock opposite Museum Square. The WAG is Oxford County’s largest municipal public gallery with a permanent collection of over 1,900 works.

The WAG celebrates the talent of local, regional and national artists. The Dr. Leonard Reeves Gallery, located on the first floor, is dedicated to exhibiting historical and contemporary artworks drawn from the permanent collection. The second floor Main Gallery features banner exhibitions that change three times a year. The Community Gallery, also located on the second floor, highlights the creative endeavors of emerging and established artists, along with a number of special projects developed in partnership with local community groups and organizations.

The Woodstock Art Gallery conducts adult, teen and children’s classes, workshops, and programs and offers volunteer opportunities, membership benefits, and facility rentals. The Gallery gift shop supplies unique items made by local artisans. The WAG has free admission, is fully accessible and has free parking located nearby.

The Woodstock Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples and covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. We acknowledge the history of the traditional territory on which the Woodstock Art Gallery stands. We respect the longstanding relationships of the local Indigenous groups, the Haudenosaunee, Lenape, and Anishinaabek of this land and place in southwestern Ontario. We recognize the Indigenous communities in close proximity to the city of Woodstock: Chippewas of The Thames First Nation; Oneida Nation of The Thames; Munsee-Delaware Nation; Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation; and Six Nations of The Grand (which consists of Mohawk, Cayuga, Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida and Tuscarora Nations).

Guiding Principles

Mandate: Serving our region through our developing public collections, exhibitions and education programs, we are a leading resource for creativity.

Mission: As the region’s only public art gallery, the Woodstock Art Gallery fosters the wellbeing of our community by preserving our local artistic heritage and cultivating new expressions and experiences of art.

Vision: The Woodstock Art Gallery will be integral to our community’s wellness and vibrancy by broadening appreciation of visual art and celebrating our region’s diversity.

Core Values: At WAG, we believe in…

  • serving our whole community,
  • leading through excellence,
  • inspiring with creativity and innovation,
  • welcoming and engaging everyone, and
  • being purpose-driven, change-ready and accountable in all we do.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility:

The Woodstock Art Gallery, in its five-year Strategic Plan 2021–2026, is committed to prioritizing equity, diversity, inclusivity, and access through all operations by proactively and respectfully engaging and collaborating with a wide array of partners, audiences, Board members, volunteers, and program participants. The WAG acknowledges the complex and deeply embedded systemic barriers that continue to exist and recognizes our responsibility to deliver inclusive and accessible exhibition and education programming, while building and caring for a collection that reflects all facets of our community. The WAG strives to celebrate people of all backgrounds across age, ethnicity, race, colour, culture, language, mental health, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socio-economic status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, as well as differences in experiences, ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs. In line with the Gallery’s vision of serving our whole community, the WAG is dedicated to being honest and transparent about where we are in our EDIA journey and encourages feedback to further our commitment. The Woodstock Art Gallery will continue to actively examine, learn, and work towards meaningful and lasting transformation.

Rainbow Registered logo 

The Woodstock Art Gallery is an accredited Rainbow Registered organization recognized by Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce for meeting stringent criteria attesting to diverse and inclusive practices.

 2021 Community Report
 2021–2026 Strategic Plan

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 Practical Accessibility Guide

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Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7

 

Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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