The Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery is located in downtown Montreal on the campus of Concordia University, one of Quebec’s most culturally diverse and accessible universities.
Three major projects in the form of exhibitions or performative events are presented between September and April. At times, one-off events of short duration take place between the larger projects. In the spring of each year, the work of students in Concordia’s graduate visual arts programs is featured in Ignition.
All projects are the result of a specific curatorial approach. Public programs are an inherent part of projects but also can revolve around non-exhibition based issues. Collaborators from various disciplines and fields of interests participate in our projects and activities.
The Gallery houses a collection of Canadian and Québécois art, which from time to time is the subject of critical examination in exhibitions that explore collecting, storing and interpretive issues.
Founded in 1966, the Sir George Williams Art Galleries were renamed Concordia Art Gallery in 1984. In 1992, the Gallery was relocated in the newly constructed library complex and inaugurated as the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery in honour of important benefactors to the University.
The Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University is committed to researching, exhibiting, documenting and disseminating contemporary art in a local, national and international context. Through its exhibitions, its educational and public programs and its publications, the Gallery promotes a greater awareness of art as a critical form of knowledge and as a way to engage in larger cultural debates to the general public, art communities and to students and young adults. The Gallery collects Canadian art.