The GNO's Artistic Mission

The Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO) embodies a vision that’s open to all practices in contemporary art, with a particular interest in site-specific creation, installation art, and performance. The GNO encourages and supports artists engaged in a creative process that welcomes risk.

Through its innovative and collaborative projects, the GNO encourages interaction and dialogue between artists and with the public. Aware of its geographic location, the GNO favours projects where different ideas, languages, and cultures can come together.

The Place des Arts project

The GNO is proud to be one of the seven founding members of the Greater Sudbury’s Place des Arts.

History of the GNO

A collective of Northern Ontario artists determined to outfit their community with a contemporary arts organization created the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO) in 1995. The GNO was Ontario’s first francophone artist-run centre. With an eye towards outreach and promotion, the GNO’ s first efforts were focused on bringing professional artists together around new creative projects. Rooted in Sudbury, where the centre has had a downtown exhibition space since 1996, the GNO has a yearly program of contemporary art exhibitions and coordinates a number of visual art events that bring together larger groups of artists.

While putting together yearly programs of visual art exhibitions in its gallery space (approximately 7 exhibitions per year), the GNO also has a tradition of organizing events in non-traditional spaces. At the very beginning, the GNO commissioned the creation of large, permanent installation pieces at the northern and southern city limits: Le chien qui voit tout by Sudbury artist Mary Green (visible from Hwy. 69) and Élémental by Kapuskasing artist Normand Fortin (at the Collège Boréal campus). Aside from these foundational projects, the GNO regularly engages with the community by taking contemporary art outside the gallery walls and creating unexpected encounters with art happenings for members of the community.

Over the years, the GNO came to organize larger projects of provincial and national scope by collaborating with other artist-run centres from across the country. In the early 2000’s, the GNO coordinated the residency projects L’Échangeur 1 and 2, with the collaboration of artist-run centres from Ontario, New Brunswick and Québec. In 2007, the GNO and FADO Performance (Toronto) coordinated a residency project together, Territoires de la langue, which led to a publication.

In 2008, the GNO held the firs Fair of Alternative Art in Sudbury (FAAS). The project brought over 20 visual artists to Sudbury. Each artist created an art installation in the rooms over the Townehouse tavern. An immediate success, the FAAS became a biannual event organized by the GNO with the collaboration of other artist-run centres. Over the years, the FAAS has been held in different public spaces in downtown Sudbury: the Townehouse tavern (2008), the Via Rail train station (2010), Market Square (2012), the Rainbow Centre shopping mall (2014), and the Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague elementary school (2018).

As it celebrates 26 years as an artist-run centre in 2021-2022, the GNO has renewed its commitment to contemporary art by refreshing the statement of its artistic vision. Taking into account the many projects that have defined the organization since its start, the GNO has formalized its commitment to exhibitions elements of research and on-site creation. The GNO also highlights its “ex-centric” location, in Sudbury, as one of its major strengths.

Our Team

Danielle Tremblay
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Laura Demers
Communications and Development Officer
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Nicole Poulin
Accounting Clerk
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Dunstan Topp


The Board

Julie René de Cotret, President – Guelph
Sasha Phipps, Vice-President – Ottawa
Emilio Portal, Treasurer – Sudbury
Sophia Bagaoui-Fradette, Secretary – Sudbury
Renée Hallée, Board Member – Sudbury
Simon M. Benedict, Board Member – Toronto
Anyse Ducharme, Board Member – Sturgeon Falls

Programming Committee

Marc Audette (artist-Toronto)
Julie René de Cotret (artist-Guelph)
Jinny Yu (artist-Ottawa)
Danielle Tremblay (director)

Call for Submissions

La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO) no longer has a predetermined period when it accepts submissions. We invite artists to submit their exhibition project proposals at any time throughout the year.

For its exhibition programming, the GNO favours new projects that may include the creation of new works on site. Therefore, the GNO can welcome artists for short prospecting and creative trips.

The GNO is looking for artists who are interested in creating projects that engage its audience and its community. Proudly based in Sudbury, the GNO presents projects that infiltrate the local landscape while also being shaped by the area’s distinctive nature.

Submissions must include:

  • a detailed description of the exhibition project;
  • an artist statement;
  • a curriculum vitae (CV);
  • ten digital images of recent work, with description;
  • when necessary, five minutes of video documentation for artistic practices of a temporal nature (performance, video installation, sound installation, etc.), with description.

Please send proposals by email to [email protected] with “GNO Submission” in the subject line. Documents must be sent in either Word or PDF formats, JPEG for images, and MOV for video documentation. We also accept links to websites (YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Dropbox, etc.).

Proposals sent by mail will not be returned.

Exhibition Assistance

As of summer 2018, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s Exhibition Assistance program has moved to Nova, their online grant application platform. This program provides grants of $500 to $2,000 for artists and artist collectives to help pay for costs related to presenting their work in confirmed, upcoming exhibitions. These grants support artists to present exhibitions in Ontario, nationally or internationally.

For more information, visit the OAC’s website.