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See new works by SPAO’s graduating class in EXHIBITION NO. 15—09.05.20 to 09.20.20

By Greggory Clark on September 2, 2020



While the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has impacted arts and culture on a global scale, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) has defied the odds to deliver EXHIBITION NO. 15, an in-person exhibition to celebrate the work of its diploma students. The show, which opens on September 5, highlights the work of SPAO’s 2020 graduating class.

Keeping in mind health and safety best practises, there will not be a public opening reception. However, the exhibition dates have been extended to spread out visitors. The SPAO Centre Gallery’s capacity is much lower than usual—only four people at a time—due to the need for physical distancing. Masks are required and hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance.

For anyone unable to attend in person, SPAO will also have digital and virtual offerings distributed through their social media channels. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


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“SPAO is proud to present this new generation of contemporary photographers and photo-based artists who are more ready than ever to tackle what lies ahead,” says Darren Pottie, Gallery and Programming Manager at SPAO.

“EXHIBITION NO. 15 is a testament to the strength, flexibility and resilience of our students to focus on their work and launch their careers during this trying time. It is a celebration of a milestone that marks their journey into an uncertain future.”

“It is a celebration of a milestone that marks their journey into an uncertain future.”

Help support these artists by spreading the word, visiting the gallery or following along online. The SPAO Centre Gallery is Ottawa’s only independent and critical gallery space dedicated to photographic and video art.

EXHIBITION NO. 15 runs from September 5 to 20, 2020. The SPAO Centre Gallery located at 77 Pamilla Street is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Please visit for a complete rundown of the venue’s health and safety guidelines during COVID-19.