About the Colborne Art Gallery

Our History

The Colborne Art Gallery is the home of an artists’ co-operative that brings together creative people working independently as photographers, painters, sculptors, printmakers, fibre and mixed media artists and makers of fine craft. The Gallery is housed in the historic village of Colborne, Ontario, in a heritage building modernized to suit exhibition needs.

The Colborne Society of Artists, the original collective, was founded in the spring of 1997 in response to a unique opportunity. The historic East Northumberland Land Registry Office had been sold by the provincial government to the village of Colborne for the sum of $8, on condition that it be maintained as a museum or library. Wilhelmina Kennedy, a Dutch immigrant then living nearby in Cramahe Township, proposed that the building become an art gallery, a suggestion that was enthusiastically welcomed by Colborne Reeve George Boycott and the Colborne Village Council. Wilhelmina then set about organizing a group of local artists into a co-operative to be known as The Colborne Society of Artists.

Working in close co-operation with the Colborne Village Council, whose generous support is gratefully acknowledged, and with other local groups, the Colborne Art Gallery has succeeded in breathing new life and usefulness into this heritage building.

Our Mission

The Colborne Art Gallery is an artist-run co-operative dedicated to building awareness of and accessibility to contemporary visual art as practiced by our members and guest artists. By seeking the widest possible audience, the gallery supports and advances the careers of local artists while contributing to the cultural life of Northumberland County.

How We Work

The Colborne Art Gallery is an artists’ collective that has been operated by the artists themselves on a volunteer basis for over 20 years, a true success story in the world of artists’ collectives! We hang the shows, clean the gallery, maintain the interior of the space, provide food and drinks for openings, sit the gallery during shows, design all our marketing material and keep our online presence fresh and current. We work cooperatively with the local library and heritage committee. We purchase local advertising and participate in local events whenever we can. We are successful in attracting additional tourism to the area with our shows and events.

Our success is due, in large part, to the support we receive from our members, local businesses, individual art lovers, and our partners in the community. But we can always use your help. If you are a small (or large) business in Northumberland County (or beyond), or a lover of the arts who would like to support a hard-working group of local artists, please consider making a donation. We will give you a big thanks, and acknowledge your generosity both on our website and in our gallery. Just drop us a line or send us an via our contact page.


Shoebox Stories – A Solo Exhibition by Erica Takcas
Sat Mar 9 – Sun Apr 28, 2019
Opening reception Sat Mar 9, 2–4 PM

2019 7th Annual Juried Show
Sat May 4 – Sun Jun 9, 2019

Call for Submissions
Submission Deadline
Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Cat Hollow to Lakeport: A Journey Through Time
Mar 9 – Jun 9, 2019

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Our Sponsors

Township of Cramahe

Township of Cramahe

We are very grateful to the Township of Cramahe that continues to allow us rent-free use of their beautiful heritage building in downtown Colborne.

Landscape Maintenance by Voyo Radoman

Eden Lawn and Garden
14668 County Road 2
Brighton K0K 1H0

Rotary Club of Colborne

Rotary Club of Colborne

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Rotary Hall, Keeler Centre
80 Division Street
Colborne, ON K0K 1S0

Northumberland Veterinary Services in Colborne

Northumberland Veterinary Services in Colborne

86 Big Apple Drive
(Percy Street)
R.R. 5, Colborne, ON K0K 1S0
(905) 355-1622

Downey Pharmacy

Downey Pharmacy

Your Community Drug Store
3 King Street East
Colborne, Ontario

Colborne Home Hardware

Colborne Home Hardware

24 Victoria Sq.
Colborne K0K 1S0
905 355-1622

MacCoubrey Funeral Home Ltd

MacCoubrey Funeral Home Ltd.

30 King St. E.
Cobourg, ON K9A 1K7

Northumberland CFDC

Northumberland CFDC

We have received assistance in accessing Federal grant money in support of significant items in our 2009-2010 Marketing Plan from Northumberland CFDC.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Renovations to the exterior of the Colborne Art Gallery and interior upgrades have been made possible by the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.