Women's Art Association of Canada

Inspiring and Promoting the Arts for 132 Years

1887─2019

Located in Toronto’s beautiful Annex neighbourhood, Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is a not-for-profit, member-supported, charitable organization dedicated to assisting and encouraging Canadian artists. (Membership). 

Over its 132-year history WAAC has served as a haven for visual artists, musicians, writers and devotees of the arts — a place where like-minded people can meet in a welcoming environment. 

The mandate at WAAC is to advance education in the visual, musical and performance arts through the funding of scholarships, offering arts education to the public, and the provision of space for artists to present their artistic work.

Since 1948 WAAC has offered a scholarship program to students in the arts. Currently WAAC funds 14 scholarships at six leading arts organizations that include OCADU, U of T Faculty of Music, Royal Conservatory’s GGS, Sheridan College, George Brown College, Ryerson U, Canada’s National Ballet. (Scholarships).

The heart of WAAC is a charming 19th century house that backs onto a lovely formal garden. The main entrance opens up into the Mary Dignam Gallery, a large, attractive room that hosts openings, receptions and, of course, members’ art exhibitions. It is also the venue for our lectures on the arts and concerts. Many of these events are open to the public.

Interested in booking our galleries, rooms, garden, for an exhibition, event or wedding, please see Rentals and we look forward to seeing you around the house.

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June 2019

Member Art Exhibition “Around Toronto” Opening Reception

June 6 - June 30
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4
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Join our Artists for the June Garden Party exhibition "Around Toronto" June 6th to June 30, 2019 Reception June 13, 5;30-8;30pm DIGNAM GALLERY Gallery open Monday through Thursday 9am to 4pm - Please check for gallery hours 416-922-2060  

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102nd Annual Garden Party “Celebrating the Arts in Toronto”

June 19 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4
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Announcing the 102nd Annual Garden Party "Celebrating the Arts in Toronto" Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:30am to 3:30pm CLICK HERE FOR PDF INVITATION    

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July 2019

“OH, THE PLACES I’VE BEEN” by Lauren Bruyns Opening Reception

July 2 - July 13
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4
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" OH, THE PLACES I'VE BEEN" A Retrospective On Traveling and Memories by Lauren Bruyns 2018-2019 WAAC Scholarship recipient of the Ryerson University School of Image Arts Women's Art Association of Canada / Dixie Allen Excellence in Photography Scholarship DIGNAM GALLERY, Women's Art Association of Canada Opening Reception Thursday, July 11, 5;30-8:30pm Viewing Sat July 6 & 13 1-4pm Gallery Hours July 8-11 9:30am to 3;30pm  

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“Colour, Space & Time” Kathleen Gabriel & Sharon MacLennan

July 2 - July 31
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

Join Kathleen Gabriel and Sharon MacLennan for Colour, Space & Time July 2-31, 2019 Opening Reception Thursday July 11, 2019 5:30-8:30pm Saturday viewings July 6 & July 13, 5:30-8:30pm Gallery Hours Mon-Thurs 1-4pm FOR PDF of the invitation click here  

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The Middle Child Art Exhibition

July 16 - July 25
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

The Middle Child Art Exhibition is a 3rd year collaboration between Sheridan Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design and the University of Toronto Mississauga Studies Program. The Women's Art Association of Canada hosts the annual exhibition as part of its scholarship program. The recipient for the 2018-19 year was Mackenzie Boyd, a graduating student. Please join students, faculty, friends & family for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 18th from 5-8pm. An Artist Talk will occur on Saturday, July 20th…

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Opening Reception The Middle Child

July 18 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

The Middle Child Art Exhibition is a 3rd year collaboration between Sheridan Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design and the University of Toronto Mississauga Studies Program. The Women’s Art Association of Canada hosts the annual exhibition as part of its scholarship program. The recipient for the 2018-19 year was Mackenzie Boyd, a graduating student. Please join students, faculty, friends & family for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 18th from 5-8pm. An Artist Talk will occur on Saturday, July 20th from 11-1pm. The show runs…

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Artist Talk – The Middle Child

July 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

The Middle Child Art Exhibition is a 3rd year collaboration between Sheridan Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design and the University of Toronto Mississauga Studies Program. The Women’s Art Association of Canada hosts the annual exhibition as part of its scholarship program. The recipient for the 2018-19 year was Mackenzie Boyd, a graduating student. Please join students, faculty, friends & family for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 18th from 5-8pm. An Artist Talk will occur on Saturday, July 20th from 11-1pm. The show runs…

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OCADU exhibition “Exuberant”

July 31 - August 8
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

The Women’s Art Association of Canada hosts the annual OCADU group exhibition as part of its scholarship program. The graduating recipients for the 2018-19 year were Robin Love and Emily Zou. Please join students, faculty, friends & family for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 31st from 5:30-8pm. The show runs from Wednesday July 31st to Thurday August 8 Gallery Hours are from Monday through Thursday, 9am to 4pm Free to the public

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OCADU Opening Reception “Exuberant”

July 31 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

The Women’s Art Association of Canada hosts the annual OCADU group exhibition as part of its scholarship program. The graduating recipients for the 2018-19 year were Robin Love and Emily Zou. Please join students, faculty, friends & family for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 31st from 5:30-8pm. The show runs from Wednesday July 31st to Thurday August 8 Gallery Hours are from Monday through Thursday, 9am to 4pm Free to the public

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August 2019

Opening Reception“WAAC Print Works 2019″ and Art & Coat Collection by Hortensia Reyes

August 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Toronto, ON M4L 2Z4

“WAAC Print Works 2019" a member group exhibition 2019 saw Artist Members of the Women's Art Association revisiting the medium of printmaking to experiment and expand their artistic practice. This lively exhibit showcases the individual artist's interests freely expressed in a variety of combined techniques. August 19 to August 29, 2019 Opening Reception August 22nd, 2019, 5:30-8pm Gallery Hours Monday to Thursday 9-4pm Saturday August 24 1-5pm Sunday, August 25 1-5pm     click here for pdf      …

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