What We Are

GOG’s History

GOG is a registered charitable organization. Established in 1968, GOG was incorporated in Ontario by letters patent on October 9, 1970. The Charitable Objects from the Letters Patent are:

  • To encourage co-operation between member galleries and museums
  • To encourage cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council and similar agencies
  • To assist in the development of visual art centres in the province of Ontario
  • To promote high standards of excellence and uniform methods in the care and presentation of art
  • To serve as an advisory body in matters of professional interest in the province of Ontario.

Our Vision of the Future

The Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) will be an essential and sustainable art service organization serving public art galleries.

GOG will be recognized as a leader in Canada‚Äôs cultural sector, whose voice is respected and trusted by stakeholders. GOG will be enterprising in its delivery of services that members value.  It will enable member connections through a state of the art digital platform. Members will be in ongoing contact with each other, to share resources and to develop the capacity of each individual and organization. GOG and its partners will provide relevant, groundbreaking professional development courses to members.  

Our long term vision is when our members and the entire public art gallery sector are thriving, art galleries will be contributing to the well-being of their communities through innovation and inspirations to move beyond the status quo. The art gallery as a site of learning will be at the centre of civic conversations, fostering curiosity and understanding. Galleries of all sizes occupy beautiful, functional facilities (physical and virtual) that inspire and display new creative forms. Galleries are sustainable because they are supported by members of the community and all levels of government.  

Our Mission

Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, GOG advances and empowers Ontario public art galleries.