A number of things set Cambridge Galleries apart from other public galleries, and the first is our organizational link with the Cambridge Public Libraries, an association that provides wide access to our exhibitions and other public programs. With three (3) exhibition spaces in the City of Cambridge, the Galleries offer over 20 exhibitions per year, bringing to the community the best in contemporary art from regional and emerging artists, as well as those with more established careers. The most recent addition to our exhibition programming is Design at Riverside, the gallery located in the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture and operated by Cambridge Galleries. The mandate for this space is to present innovative and challenging work that will engage a public audience, as well as architecture and design professionals, with a balance between architecture and design based exhibitions.
The Galleries’ unique permanent collection of contemporary fibre art resonates with the heritage of the city’s textile industry, and represents artists from coast to coast. The Galleries offer a wide range of opportunities for community involvement including: studio courses for all ages, curriculum based programs for area schools, exhibition tours, concerts and Cineseries, a program featuring Canadian, international and independent films.
To engage the community in a varied program of exhibitions of art, architecture and design from regional, provincial, national and international sources. To encourage artists, designers and architects in their development; and to provide access to and foster an appreciation for the visual arts in the community through exhibitions and related programs, publications and studio activities. To acquire, conserve, interpret and exhibit our permanent collection of contemporary Canadian fibre art.