Station Gallery is a non-profit public art gallery offering art classes for all ages and abilities, engaging exhibitions, family art days and fun community events. We’re open seven days a week and it’s always free to visit thanks to our donors and supporters. Station Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Our Mission :
Unleash the power of arts and culture to educate, connect and inspire our diverse communities in meaningful and compelling ways.
Arts and culture flourish in Durham Region and are recognized as being at the heart of our thriving communities.
Our History :
From Whitby Junction to Station Gallery
In 1967, a group of passionate arts enthusiasts in Whitby started a community gallery, operating under the name Whitby Arts Incorporated. In 1969, the group, supported by interested volunteers and benefactors, purchased Whitby’s Grand Trunk Railway Station, which had been slated for demolition. The station was saved from being torn down and moved to Henry and Victoria Streets in 1970. The name Station Gallery was adopted to reflect the heritage of the building.
Station Gallery began a major transformation in 2005, supported by unprecedented municipal cultural commitment. The original Grand Trunk Railway Station and Port Stanley boxcar were moved across the street to the current location at 1450 Henry St.
The building expansion saw Station Gallery’s space increase to close to 10,000 sq. feet. Designed by Phil Goldsmith of the nationally acclaimed Goldsmith, Borgal and Company, the new addition significantly enhanced gallery capacity with increased exhibition, studio, collection storage and administrative space.
The newly renovated Station Gallery re-opened on January 3, 2006, with an exhibition comprised of a selection of works from the Canada Council Art Bank entitled Cross-Over. Station Gallery has operated as a community visual arts centre for 45 years. Be sure to stop in and check out the beautiful architecture of both the new and heritage exhibition spaces.
A Message from our CEO :
Every day at Station Gallery, we’re able to touch the lives and hearts of people in our community by connecting them to art and creativity through our curated exhibitions, educational programs and permanent collection. Inspiration is what you’ll find here at SG, and something that we feel is essential to all areas of life.
We strive to build connections at SG – connections between art and our world, our members, our local communities and the wider Canadian art community. Engaging people through art and art-making is what we do best, and we offer many exciting events and activities that continue to connect people and art in new ways.
SG is immensely grateful for all of the private and public contributions that help sustain our ability to bring art to life within our gallery walls and beyond. We would like to give special thanks to our members, donors and volunteers for helping “make art happen” at SG, and for allowing us to stand behind our statement that art is for everyone.