Published on July 25, 2023
The Shaw Centre is not only a hub for business events but also houses a stunning collection of art pieces waiting to be discovered.
From paintings to sculptures, the art within the Shaw Centre is definitely worth exploring during your next event. A particularly striking aspect of the art in the Shaw Centre is the way it blends seamlessly with the modern architecture of the building. The art pieces are strategically placed throughout the centre, creating a harmonious balance between the art and the building.
As you make your way through our main entrance, you’ll immediately notice our inviting lounge area, which our preferred decor partner, Groupe ABP, has tastefully decorated. The lounge is the perfect spot for delegates to relax and unwind, with plenty of comfortable seating options. Various sculptures and artifacts adorn the walls, including the impressive Commemorative Canoe by artist Andrew King. This stunning work of art is suspended from the ceiling and boasts vibrant colours representing different elements of Ottawa’s history. The canoe is a special piece created as part of an activation at a conference in 2016. Attendees were invited to contribute to the artwork by adding their own brushstrokes to complete the vibrant colours of the canoe.
On the windows, you will notice a stunning mural curated by the talented Anthony Leger. It’s a piece titled “Queer art has always been here, and it won’t be forgotten.” This mural will be displayed throughout the summer, including during Capital Pride! Anthony’s artwork beautifully embodies the spirit of Pride and commemorates the diversity of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
In this area, you will also find The Sculpture of Dutch Princess Juliana & Princess Margriet, created by Laura Brown-Breetvelt. The sculpture holds great historical significance, commemorating the Dutch Royal Family’s exile in Ottawa during World War II. In fact, Princess Juliana gave birth to Princess Margriet at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on January 19, 1943, making her the only royal personage ever born in North America. The bronze sculpture was unveiled by Laura Brown-Breetvelt at the Shaw Centre in May 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary, and it stands as a testament to the enduring bond between the Netherlands and Canada.
As you walk through the centre, you will appreciate the beauty of the art pieces scattered throughout the building. One of the most impressive pieces in the collection is a large painting that dominates the Colonel By Foyer South called “The Colour of Unity,” created by artists JueYuan Chang and Yi Chang. The art piece symbolizes Canadian multiculturalism and encompasses the theme of hope, love, and unity. The painting is the centre’s largest, measuring 26 feet long by 7.5 feet high, and features vibrant colours and abstract design. It’s a standout piece you can’t miss.
The beauty of The Shaw Centre’s art collection doesn’t stop there. As you explore the centre further, make your way to our internal board rooms, where you will find more stunning art pieces created by Cece Debassige and Maurice Seguin.
Maurice, is a self-taught artist of mixed French and Anishinaabeg descent and has a natural talent for capturing the beauty of the land and nature through art. He has been painting since childhood, where he created works using discarded wooden boards and hand-me-down or home-made paints. His love for painting has guided him throughout his life. The earthy tones of his pieces create a sense of calmness and tranquility felt throughout the space.
Cece, is a Queer Indigenous – Ojibwe and Dene Woman residing on Unceded and Unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. Her art is a true testament to her indigenous heritage. Through her use of bright, vibrant colors and textured materials, she can beautifully depict the rich history of her ancestors. Her pieces are truly captivating and can transport you to another time and place. It’s clear that Cece puts her heart and soul into each and every one of her creations, and her passion for her culture shines through in every brushstroke.
Whether you’re an art enthusiast or appreciate the beauty of creative masterpieces, the Shaw Centre’s art collection is a must-see. Take a journey through the Centre and discover the hidden gems that are waiting to be admired.
For more information about the art pieces throughout the Shaw Centre, we invite you to visit our new art page on our website.