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The Âjagemô art space at the Canada Council for the Arts features performances, events and exhibitions of contemporary Canadian art, including work from the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

Current exhibition

Madweyàshkà | Like a Wave

June 18, 2024, to May 19, 2025

Curated by Olivia Kristoff (Cowessess First Nation), Madweyàshkà | Like a Wave highlights works of art by First Nations and Métis artists predominantly featured in the Art Bank collection.

Madweyàshkà | Like a Wave presents works by Barry Ace, Carl Beam, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Rosalie Favell, Greg A. Hill, Robert Houle, Nadia Myre, David Neel, Shelley Niro, Edward Poitras, Jane Ash Poitras, Michael Robinson and Jeff Thomas.

“When up against an obstacle, water flows around it and does not stop. Neither will we. We adapt, we persist, and our resilience ripples through generations.”

– Olivia Kristoff

Read more about the exhibition
The words Like a Wave, Madweyàshkà, Comme une vague on an image of crashing waves.

Âjagemô art space location

150 Elgin St.
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Open daily from 7am to 9pm

Free Admission

Past Exhibitions

June 20, 2023 to May 20, 2024
View of artworks of various formats arranged in a line on the dark blue walls of the Âjagemô exhibition space.

Coming into Sight

As part of its long-term effort to build a more dynamic and inclusive collection, the Art Bank acquired 72 artworks to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Coming into Sight features 24 of the recent acquisitions, presented together for the first time in Âjagemô. The exhibition presents a diversity of perspectives by artists from coast to coast to coast who tell their unique stories in all their complexity and richness.

June 16, 2022 to May 22, 2023
View of the exhibition, Looking the World in the Face.

Looking the World in the Face

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Canada Council Art Bank, this exhibition features close to 40 artworks by Indigenous and racialized artists that are part of its collection. From self-portraits to depictions of kin, comics to allegories, and historical figures to contemporary groups, the works convey a range of preoccupations, aspirations, and world views in unvarnished, critical, and creative ways.

February 9 to May 23, 2022
StillTho OG

Still Tho

Explore the work of visual artists from across Canada and beyond whose creativity speaks to the lasting impact of hip-hop’s visual art on both Canadian culture and visual aesthetics in our digital age. These works represent a breadth of visual arts practices and media, including graffiti murals, mixed media, and dance videos.

March 3, 2020 to December 31, 2021
Image of Awakening exhibit in the Ajagemo gallery space.


Discover works from Canadian and Indigenous artists produced over nearly half a century that shine a spotlight on our relationship with the environment. These works depict collisions between city and ecology, nature and nurture, consumption and conservation, ideals and actions. Together, they evoke hope, despair and soul-searching, encouraging viewers to consider the urgency of sustaining life on Earth for future generations.

June 25, 2019 to January 26, 2020

Open Channels

Discover the works of visual artists who took part in the Canada C3 sailing expedition organized for 150th anniversary of Confederation, in 2017. Aboard the ship, they drew inspiration from Canada’s ever-evolving environmental, social and cultural landscapes, as well as from dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

February 20 to June 9, 2019


The Canada Council for the Arts presents Thresholds, a new exhibition—and an experience in transit. The installation remakes the internal mechanics of door-opening devices found on old metro cars manufactured for the inauguration of the Montréal metro at the 1967 World Exhibition. Thresholds embodies the telescoping of our successive journeys, providing visitors with an experience of repeated openings.
June 20, 2018 to January 27, 2019

Thunderstruck: Physical Landscapes

The Canada Council for the Arts presents a new exhibition, Thunderstruck: Physical Landscapes, which investigates the landscape in which dance is created, presented and received. This free exhibition features works of art, film-based works, installations and dance related materials as it presents multiple dance communities, art practices and dancers from across Canada.

January 23, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Constructed Identities

Constructed Identities

Constructed Identities features the unique work of disabled artist Persimmon Blackbridge. Curated by Tangled Art + Disability, Constructed Identities is the first exhibition in the Âjagemô gallery that puts disability art at the heart of the presentation.

September 18, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Mark The Spot

Mark the Spot: Mediation as Medium

Esteemed curator Wayne Baerwaldt has selected three artists who represent different forms of discourse on art at different stages in their careers. Painter Michael Morris, Performance artist Thierry Marceau and Métis beadwork artist Katherine Boyer invite the public to be part of the creation and development of their month-long exhibitions through a series of week-long residencies.

March 11, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Âjagemô exhibition JUNO House: R• Evolutions

Juno House R•Evolutions

A special exhibition dedicated to great Canadian music and musicians honoured by the JUNOS. Through objects from icons like Geddy Lee, Drake, Susan Aglukark and Robert Charlebois, discover how the evolution of Canadian music is linked to 60 years of the Canada Council’s support.

October 25, 2016 - February 24, 2017
People Places Things: Reading GG Books

People - Places - Things

This exhibition marks the 80th anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards by celebrating more than 700 award-winning books – the people who write them and the places where we read them.

May 12, 2016 - October 2, 2016
Punctured Landcape

Punctured Landscape

The year 2017 brings the notion of past, present and futures to mind as we prepare to mark our country’s sesquicentennial.

November 10, 2015 - April 30, 2016
Temporal Reimagining

Temporal Re-Imaginings

In Indigenous traditions, storytellers and artists frequently challenge and disrupt Western perceptions of time as a linear, progressive unfolding of events.

May 3, 2015 - October 31, 2015

Ontario in Âjagemô

Ontario boasts a rich history of visual and media arts – due in large part to its size, diversity and vibrant urban centres.

November 3, 2014 - April 14, 2015

Collecting Our Thoughts

An exhibition showcasing selected works by past winners of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, which it is celebrating its 15th year.

June 16, 2014 - October, 2014

Land Reform(ed)

This exhibition features works from 13 Canadian artists, including Kim Adams and Carol Wainio, winners of the 2014 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.