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The GNO welcomes Laura Demers, who is now part of the team as the Communications and Development Officer.

Laura has been working in the visual arts since 2014; she has worked at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and The Power Plant (Toronto), among others. She is an artist, writer, and emerging curator, as well as co-founder of the plumb gallery in Toronto.

The team would also like to thank Maude Bourassa Francoeur for her energy and for the efforts she has contributed to the GNO since 2019. We wish her happiness and success!

Derrière les portes with Laurent Vaillancourt

We wanted to know : how are the artists doing ?
During the worldwide pandemic, forced to stay home for everyone’s good, we wanted to check out on the artists and visit them – virtually – for a small chat about their practice, their current or past work, and their creativity during those times.
First stop, we invite you in Laurent Vaillancourt‘s workshop in Hearst to talk about his practice, projects and inspiration these days. Discussion hosted by the GNO’s director Danielle Tremblay, streamed on FB live on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 4pm.
Longtime friend of the GNO and flagship Franco-Ontarian artist, Laurent Vaillancourt has a mixed practice he showcases around the province and beyond, with projects such as “Cent bornes” and “World Tour in Ontario“.

He has exposed multiple times at the GNO, recently in “Mission Site” and during past editions of the FAAS – Fair of Alternative Arts of Sudbury.


Temporarly closed due to COVID-19

To help reduce the propagation of COVID-19, the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario will be closed to the public until further notice. It is a heartbreaking situation, but a needed one for everyone’s health.

We are going to stay updated to the advices of the Health Ministry of Ontario, the Public Health Sudbury and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Even tough our events are postponed, you can still follow claude wittmann’s project wheels/politics/panic on our blog. We will keep you updated on the developments of all our exhibitions and projects.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Take care, the GNO’s team.

Photography workshop coming your way !

Teaming up with La Slague du Carrefour francophone, the GNO offers a serie of photography workshops for the 15-25 y/o around the themes of the human impact on its environment. The activity is offered in French, the material is included, and admission is free.

Happening prior the the GNO’s next exhibition Contre vents et marées/Against All Odds, the workshops are a way to familiarize oneself with different type of photography shooting, such as cyanotype. The workshops are hosted by the three artists showcased during the exhibition : Alanis Rodriguez-Beaudoin, Elyse Portal and Camille Tremblay-Beaulieu.

Bonus : the art done during the workshops will be displayed during La 8e Nuit émergente on March 27 at Collège Boréal. Exciting, isn’t it ?

More information on the Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/828680800977617/

wheels/politics/panic : claude wittmann’s project starts on our blog

claude wittmann from Toronto will lead us into his understanding of art during the month of April.

in collaboration with Kevin Morgan from Bike Sudbury, he will facilitate the truing and repair of bicycle wheels belonging to the Bike Exchange program. anybody interested in learning or helping will be very welcome. no previous experience required. dates and location will be announced soon.

claude will also lead us into the nuts and bolts of what is behind this project: his invisible disability, his need for specific contingency plans, his advocacy regarding income security for recipients of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and of Ontario Works (OW). part of this is going to be on our blog which claude has started to activate with real-time thoughts and sensations.

Nuit Blanche 2020 : quality art around the corner

Saturday Feb. 8, 2020, from 7pm to 1am, McEwen School of Architecture was hosting its 4th Nuit Blanche, an evening showcasing artistic installations made by students, staff and members of the community. The GNO joined the fun by presenting in exclusivity the exhibition  Partage/Partake, by Andrei Aranyi, Jonathan Kabumbe and Jennie Philipow, three McEwen students.

Winter boots were left at the door to enter the space redesigned by the artists, where Congolese-inspired masks, and drawings of daily and historic scenes of Sudbury are displayed. For once, it is highly recommenced to touch the art as a way for the visitors to start a conversation between the objects.

Partage/Partake is shown until March 14, 2020 at the GNO. The official opening is Thursday Feb.13, at 5pm, during which a discussion is hosted by architecture teacher and co-director of Afield Kai Wood Mah.


GNO wishes you Happy Holidays !

After quite the eventful year, the GNO team is closing 2019’s book and is taking a well deserved nap – in order to come back ready for a new decade of contemporary art !

In 2019, the GNO :

  • welcomed a new employee
  • collaborated to the Place des Arts’ Projet Manifeste
  • showed outdoor performances in summer AND winter
  • went on strike
  • left its venue after 22 years
  • moved by foot with a little help from its friends
  • cussed at all the boxes
  • did its strategic planning two feet deep in Lake Nipissing
  • laughed a lot – thanks to legalization
  • boogied at Up Here 5
  • redid its design with Studio 123
  • broke a sale record at Nouveau Louvre
  • prepared yet another ass-kicking outside-the-walls artistic season


We will be closed from Dec.22, 2019 to Jan.6, 2020. We will be back at 139 Durham street from January 7 to 9 for the Nouveau Louvre’s artists who wish to pick up their unsold artworks.

The Nouveau Louvre’s opening : a successful get-together

The 24th edition of Nouveau Louvre started on Saturday Nov.23 with the GNO’s helpers carolling to a feverish crowd.

With approximately 374 artworks made by local and out-of-town artists to choose from, the yearly art sale pleased the art lovers that showed up at 139 Durham street.

This year’s first day was a record-breaker as 56 pieces found a home, which means the GNO was able to pay 7,000$ to artists as its annual fundraiser just begun.

The event, taking place from Tuesday to Saturday until Dec.21st, exposes 2 artworks from the same artist at a time while stocks last. This means the exhibition renews as never-seen-before artworks are put on display as the sales go.

This is something to keep in mind if you haven’t found the one at the Nouveau Louvre’s opening, amongst all the acrylics, watercolours, pastels, photographies, sculptures, collages, glassworks and so much more that this unique event offers. To stay updated, visit the exhibition page to see new work displayed in our virtual gallery.


NEW : The GNO on the radio

It’s official ! The GNO joins forces with la Slague and the TNO for a weekly cultural and artistic radio show : Stie-Citte !

Listen to it live on CKLU 96.7 every Thursday at 11 am and you’ll catch the hottest news of what’s coming in your hometown or around the world about the Arts…in FRENCH !!! Recorded with a pinch of humour and a ton of self-mockery, Stie-Citte is also available on Spotify to listen if you’ve missed it live.

A first outside-the-walls activity for the GNO

What’s better for our first presence outside the gallery than participating to the growing urban art and music festival Up Here ? Inviting Hélène Lefebvre, of course! A long-time collaborator of the GNO, she will present a serie of surprise performances during the whole week-end of festivities.

Her troubling yet always meaningful style questions identity and alterity while pushing the boundaries of the body and symbolism. For the occasion, the interdisciplinary artist will offer to the wandering crowd performances in line with the one shown at the 5th edition of FAAS.

Her last intervention is scheduled for Sunday August 18, around noon, in front of the YMCA (Durham street), right before the departure for the Up Here Mystery Tour – ’cause, you know, waiting for a bus to take you to see some shows is way better with some MORE art !

The artist will be in residency as of August 13. For more details, visit this event Facebook page.

The GNO is moving !

Located for the past 22 years at the same address, the GNO is moving prior to its official relocation at Place des Arts, like a teenage rebellion preceding a serious step. The GNO’s relocalisation is also a precious occasion to focus our energies on a rich programming that puts creativity as a priority while attracting new publics. As it is not the first time in the gallery’s history that we have to move on short notice, we are welcoming this change as an opportunity to promote actual arts in unusual ways, such as outside-the-walls exhibitions.

The relocation is planned on July 1st, following the exhibition Lips of  one thousand nine hundred ninety six teachers, by Patrick Cruz, shown from May 31 to June 28. The artist took advantage of the move to incorporate the gallery’s archives and other objects found in the basement into his multimedia installation that presents Sudbury in a pseudo-documentary.

Place des Arts reveals its bold architectural design

Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury has unveiled the exterior design of its future multidisciplinary arts centre of excellence. The building, which will be home to eight French-language cultural organizations at the corner of Elgin and Larch north of Medina Lane in Sudbury, has bold, dynamic lines in a design that is both modern and airy, with reflections of Northern Ontario’s past and industrial present.

“This is a flagship building with a long story to tell,” said Stéphane Gauthier, President of Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. “It was inspired by the driving force of the Nouvel-Ontario cultural movement and carried along by a whole generation’s will to make it happen. Nouvel-Ontario was the birthplace of French Ontario’s oldest cultural centre, first creation theatre, first publishing house, first provincial music festival and first art gallery. So we had to imagine an edifice emerging from the landscape as if certain shapes had always been there, naturally, forming part of the urban panorama. It is a memorial, a shared space, contemporary and open to great hopes for the future,” explained Mr. Gauthier.

The outside of the building will be made of a rich material with colours typical of ore from Northern Ontario: corten steel. When exposed to the elements, it oxidizes naturally and stabilizes to form a patina that ranges from golden yellow to orangey brown. This unique patina protects the material and makes it durable and strong.

“Corten was almost an unavoidable choice, inspired by the 300 years of existence and creation shared by the seven founding members of Place des Arts. It heralds a new building with unique architecture, but with an external façade that pays tribute to a celebrated past that will continue to support the vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community,” said Louis Bélanger, a Sudburian and senior architect at Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture.

The consortium of Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture and Moriyama Teshima Architects designed the future four-storey multidisciplinary arts centre, whose 40,000 square feet will house a concert hall, a multifunction studio, a contemporary art gallery, a bistro with a seasonal sidewalk terrace, a gift and book shop, an early childhood arts centre with a playground, and office space. “We are proud of the result and the challenge of optimizing spaces in more than one way without losing anything in the process. It is a great honour to design this inviting, shared space for the entire community, a space that blends seamlessly into the urban dynamic of the downtown area,” added Jason Philippe, a native from Sturgeon Falls and the senior architect at Moriyama Teshima Architects.

The Place des Arts project will cost a total of $30 million to complete. Phase 2 of the construction work will begin in late spring, with the official opening expected during the 2020-2021 performance season.

Place des Arts will house the seven founding arts and culture organizations: the Carrefour francophone de Sudbury (1950), the Centre franco-ontarien de folklore (1960), Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (1971), Éditions Prise de parole (1973),  Concerts La Nuit sur l’étang (1973),  Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (1995) and the Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury (2004).


  • Place des Arts will provide Greater Sudbury with Northern Ontario’s first multidisciplinary arts and culture centre.
  • The building will have four storeys and 40,000 square feet of floor space.
  • A western façade with laser-frosted, low-solar-gain glass to keep the building’s energy costs down.
  • An early childhood arts centre accommodating 15 children per day, with an outside terrace and playground on the west side of the building, facing Elgin.
  • The bistro’s seasonal terrace extending out onto the Elgin Street sidewalk.
  • More than 10,000 square feet of office space for the founding organizations.
  • A creative space for kids.
  • A 120-seat, black-box style multifunction studio.
  • A concert hall with nearly 300 seats.
  • A contemporary art gallery and gift and book shop with windows overlooking Larch Street.
  • 850 activities expected annually.
  • 50,000 visitor admissions per year.
  • The $30 million project is supported by funding providers such as Canadian Heritage, FedNor, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport of Ontario, and the City of Greater Sudbury.

A newcomer to the Galerie

The Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario is proud to welcome Maude Bourassa Francoeur as the new Communication and Development Agent.

Established in Sudbury since January 2018, she has acquired a training with Prise de parole. She has been a coordinator for a movie festival and as always shown interest in the visual arts and literature.

We take this opportunity to wish the best to Chloé Leduc-Bélanger in her new career.

The GNO is under the influence of the Holiday Spirit!

In 2018, we have…

  • Hosted four original exhibitions
  • Successfully organized the sixth edition of the FAAS
  • Repainted the gallery three times and made hundreds of holes for the Nouveau Louvre artwork
  • Broke a hammer, a level, three brooms and some other stuff
  • Carried rocks, chalkboards, tools, furniture and even more rocks
  • Lost our heating system; regained a heating system
  • Eaten approximately 25 liters of chili
  • Said goodbye to three pets
  • Welcomed two new board members
  • Worked with over thirty amazing volunteers
  • Created a festive Christmas video
  • Earned a well-deserved vacation time!

The GNO will be closed from December 23rd to January 7th. We’ll be back at the gallery on January 8th!

Happy Holidays!

Jérôme Havre’s artistic residency continues

Over the course of the last week, artist Jérôme Havre, the GNO’s team and happy volunteers have been working on making and installing the daub on the wire mesh. The materials had to be mixed by feet in a large wooden bin. Havre also experimented with the composition of the natural concrete, using sand or saw dust to create textures.

The sculpture will be completed this week. Contact us if you want to give us a hand (or a foot!).

In parallel, the artist keeps working on the ceramic pieces. The sculptures will go to the oven this week, thanks to Sudbury Basin Potters, our exhibition sponsor.

See you at the opening on October 23rd, at 6 pm!

Artist-in-residency Jérôme Havre working on new exhibition

Since September 20, the GNO is hosting Jérôme Havre, our newest artist-in-residency. The gallery has been transformed into a workshop, where the pieces of the Interior exhibition are slowly taking shape. The main piece will consist in a large architecture-inspired structure that will look like a wattle and daub hut. Wattle and daub is a composite building material used for making walls, in which a woven lattice of wooden strips called wattle is daubed with a sticky material, usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand, and straw.

Gérald working on the structure of the architecture-inspired piece

The structure in a glance

In addition to this structure, the artist will also present some ceramic sculptures that that will inhabit the space. The surface of the walls will also be put to contribution.

A sculpture taking shape

The installation should be completed on October 12.

To be continued!

Some news from the GNO

The GNO is happy to welcome Chloé Leduc-Bélanger on its team as the new Communication and development agent.

Chloé has been working in the cultural field for several years, especially in the book industry as well as in artistic medias.

The GNO’s team thanks Daniel Aubin for his science and the meticulous work he accomplished over the past five years. We wish him success and happiness in his new career.

2016-2017 Season

ALLERS-RETOURS (Back and Forth)

There are many forms of “back and forth”. Whether it’s traveling through time, exploring landscapes, the play between night and day, returning to origins, or the simple back and forth of conversation, each artist in the GNO’s 2016-2017 Season presents us the fruit of their travels, the result of their “back and forth”.

Aside from thematic considerations, the idea of back-and-forth fits with the kind of project the GNO chooses to coordinate. Since its 20th anniversary in 2015-2016, the GNO encourages artists to make a series of prospecting and creative trips leading up to their exhibitions. As a consequence, the projects presented at the GNO are often created in reaction to the particularities of the local landscape.


01 Philippe Blanchard


August 11 to September 24, 2016

Artist Philippe Blanchard seeks to restore animation’s fundamentally marvellous and magical nature. Bridging the distant past with the future, Nouveaux Troglodytes will transform the gallery into an animated psychedelic space with stalagmites and stalactites that are lit with strobe lights and projectors.

02 Sasha Phipps Option2

SE FAIRE AVOIR COMME UN BLEU (Hook, Line and Sinker)

October 7 to November 5, 2016

Through his art, Sasha Phipps explores and reinterprets so-called “vernacular” cultures. At the GNO, he intends to stage an installation inspired by the lakeside landscapes of Ramsey Lake. Parts of the installation will be covered with original, regionally specific camouflage patterns made from photos of the local landscape.


November 19 to December 23, 2016

Year in and year out, we are stunned by the quality of the work submitted to the Nouveau Louvre. A hallmark of the Holiday season in Sudbury, this yearly art sale cannot be missed. Each piece at the Nouveau Louvre, representing a wide range of mediums and genres, is sold at the remarkable price of 200$.

04 Juan Ortiz-Apuy


February 10 to March 8, 2017

Via the techniques of collage and assemblage, Juan Ortiz-Apuy explores the concept of Junkspace, which advances the notion of junk food to the whole of our built environment. The resulting animated sculptural landscape sets the stage for absurd “characters” that refer to past art histories and design languages.



March 17 to May 5, 2017

Through semiautobiographical storytelling, jenna dawn maclellan’s project will address the challenges of daily life in the North, which she discovered upon her own return to Ontario. Each piece will illustrate the playful survival strategies that she has developed to defend against the four seasons.

06 Linklater Nebenionquit Naponse


June 2 to 30, 2017

This collaborative project will take shape through a series of conversations between and with Tanya Lukin Linklater, Darlene Naponse, and Deanna Nebenionquit. Among other topics, they will explore what it means to be “in the field” as Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario, and how to expand Indigenous conceptual space at the institutional level.