The Gallery is open 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Artful Conversation

Artful Conversation is a volunteer guided gallery experience that takes place on the second Friday of the month. The conversational tour explores the AGO collections in depth. Please meet in Walker Court at 1:30 pm. This program is not offered in the month of August (subject to volunteer availability).

Catherine Morelli: The Sublime in the Anthropocene Updating the Landscape

January 11, 2019
1:30 pm in Walker Court

In a world overwhelmed by industrial and environmental burdens, contemporary artists are discovering a new sublime associated with nature. We will review landscape painting in the Anthropocene.

Claire Scrivens: Artful Conversation

February 8, 2019
1:30 pm in Walker Court

Clarice Thornton: The Universal in Art - from the sublime to the ridiculous

March 8, 2019
1:30 pm in Walker Court

Good art allows you to see beyond the literal and invites you to examine the human condition from a more universal perspective. Although the context of each age and culture creates the ethos for art, the artist can take you behind the curtain of their time and reveal feelings and ideas that link us all. We will look at devotional art from the Baroque, portraits from different ages, landscapes, sculptures and abstract art.

Tina Urman: Where Are You?

April 12, 2019
1:30 pm in Walker Court

Whether looking at a Group of Seven landscape or a Punu African Mask, it's interesting to consider how we fit into a work of art. Where are you standing? What does it mean to you? What emotions and memories are evoked? These are but a few ideas to consider while bringing pieces to life in a creative and personalized manner, allowing us to better understand the artist's intent.

Together we will tour various works including Marc Chagall's Over Vilebsk, Rebecca Belmore's Rising to the Occasion, Edgar Degas's Woman at Her Bath, James Tissot The Shop Girl and Lawren Harris's Lake and Mountain.

Mary Henderson: Picasso to Pistoletto

May 10, 2019
1:30 pm in Walker Court

We will discuss how the figure is represented as artists explore new ways to express themselves.

Clarice Thornton: Contrast Beyond Good and Evil

June 14, 2019
1:30 pm in Walker Court

Contrast in art can happen in any number of ways. Good and evil, yin and yang, life and death, growth and decay - these are only some of the many contrasting ideas that require an artist to consider their subject and the elements of art (colour, value, texture, space, line, shape, and form). As we examine various artworks throughout the gallery we will be discussing how artists manipulate visual elements to emphasize contrast and illuminate their themes.

PLEASE NOTE: Artful Conversation cannot accommodate school groups and ELL groups; such groups are strongly encouraged to book a private tour through our Group Sales Department. Please call 416-979-6608, email, or book online at

volunteer discussing a painting with visitors
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