SPAO Centre Gallery presents: SUMMER CAMP

Celebrating 50 years of LGBTQ2+ artists in Canada!

Big’Uns – Adrienne, Dayna Danger

Opening Reception: 10 May 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm; remarks at 7:30pm
On-View: May 10 – July 1, 2019
Where: 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa (Little Italy)
RSVP: via Facebook event page or by emailing with the subject line “Summer Camp RSVP”.

On May 10, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm, join us at the SPAO Centre Gallery for the opening reception of the 2019 CANADIANA exhibition, Summer Camp. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, the exhibition features lens-based artworks produced over the last five decades by LGBTQ2+ artists from across the country. The exhibition is co-curated by SPAO Gallery Manager Michael Davidge and Creative Director Jonathan Hobin in consultation with a wide range of Canadian curators and artists.

Hobin states, “The incredible input we got from professionals across Canada guided us as we put together this amazing showcase of established artists like Kent Monkman and Evergon as well as emerging artists like Dayna Danger and B.G-Osborne.”

Highlighting “camp” as both a sensibility and a site in the Canadian landscape, the exhibition also features works by Steven Beckly, David Buchan, Colin Campbell, Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan, Michelle Mohabeer, and Paul Wong. A text by art writer and curator Daniella Sanader accompanies the exhibition.

The Emergence of a Legend (2/5), Kent Monkman

Photo-Synthesis Garden programming set to launch with Summer Camp:

SPAO is partnering with the Qu’ART – Ottawa Queer Arts Collective to present the exhibition as part of the Qu’ART meta-festival, a year-long collaborative program that broadens LGBTQ2+ artistic activity and encourages intergenerational knowledge-sharing within our communities. In conjunction with the exhibition, SPAO is also partnering with Qu’ART and the Ottawa International Writers Festival to host the London-based artist, writer and designer Paul Harfleet and The Pansy Project, an important international anti-homophobia initiative. Harfleet has planted almost 300 individual pansies at sites of homophobic abuse around the world. The Ottawa component of the project will premiere in SPAO’s Photo-Synthesis Garden on May 10.

In addition to Qu’ART, SPAO is an Official Event Partner with the Canadian Tulip Festival in recognition of the fact that the festival was created by the photographer Malak Karsh. Summer Camp continues until Canada Day, Monday, July 1, 2019. It is free and open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays between 12 and 5 pm, or by appointment. The SPAO Centre Gallery is fully accessible.


After 12 years of operating in Ottawa’s Byward Market, SPAO relocated to a new purpose built facility in 2017. Located in the heart of Little Italy, an exciting urban village, the SPAO Centre is on the footsteps of Ottawa’s new Light Rail Transit system, the beautiful Arboretum and Dow’s Lake. Our ground level, accessible facility offers the resources and environment necessary for the advancement of photographic artistry, visual literacy, and personal vision. This centre includes a multi-station, multi-format darkroom for silver gelatin printing, a digital media lab and a large studio outfitted with industry standard equipment. Considered Ottawa’s photographic hub, the SPAO Centre houses the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, the SPAO Gallery and the SPAO International Artist Residency.

Tel: 613.562.3824