Established in 1968, the Anna Leonowens Gallery is a public exhibition space within the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. With three locations, two storefront premises in Granville mall in historic downtown Halifax and the Port Loggia on Halifax’s waterfront, the Anna Leonowens Gallery (ALG) has hosted over 4250 exhibitions and projects to date in its 48-year history. A unique exhibition space, the ALG presents professional exhibitions by curators and professional artists alongside NSCAD MFA Thesis and BFA graduating solo exhibitions. An extension of the pedagogical activities of the university, ALG gives emerging artists hands-on experience for what is often their first solo exhibition. The Gallery mounts over 125 exhibitions and over 50 events a year, consistently attracting more than 20,000 visitors annually. 

In January 2016 the ALG opened a third space focusing on performance art, relational aesthetics and art happenings. The Art Bar + Projects is a rotating performative installation space that creates an atmosphere that promotes the discussion of art and ideas outside of the classroom and in a public place. 

Please note: Since all exhibition programming is developed within the university from student, faculty and divisional sources, the Anna Leonowens Gallery does not accept unsolicited professional exhibition proposals.

Gallery Policy

Anna Leonowens Gallery
1891 Granville Street, Halifax, NS

Named after NSCAD’s Victorian founder—feisty heroine of film and theatre productions of The King and I—the Anna Leonowens Gallery is the public exhibition space and resource centre on campus. Three public galleries are devoted to the exhibition of contemporary studio and media art, craft and design, and curatorial projects generated exclusively within the university community. Weekly exhibitions primarily feature student work, with occasional shows by faculty members, visiting artists and curators, and two-week graduate thesis projects.

The gallery mounts 125 exhibitions per year on average, consistently attracting more than 20,000 visitors annually with a busy street-level location on a pedestrian mall in Halifax’s downtown core. Due to the gallery’s high profile, many exhibitions are reviewed by local, regional and national media outlets and arts journalists.

Public Hours:
11am – 5pm
12 – 4pm
All openings are on Mondays at 5:30 – 7pm, unless stated otherwise.

Port Loggia Gallery
1107 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS

The Port Loggia aims to maintain an engaging program of student, staff and alumni led projects that can be viewed by visitors passing through the Halifax Seaport.  Vaulted ceilings, diffuse natural light, and a high-profile location make The Port Loggia Gallery an ideal presentation space for works in a variety of media.

Public Hours:
12 – 5pm

* Check the current gallery calendar for specific shows.