Visit the LAC

The Leamington Arts Centre (LAC) is a public, not-for-profit arts centre with a focus on exhibiting visual arts and developing arts and culture programming.

The LAC was established as the South Essex Arts Association in 1971 with the mandate to create, sustain and celebrate the arts. Over the years, the LAC has developed into a cultural pillar for uptown Leamington and a regional arts and culture destination. Supported by the Municipality of Leamington, donors and its members, LAC is a 10,000 square foot facility comprising of four exhibition spaces, a market place artist market, café and wine bar, an art supply store, an education studio and meeting spaces.

The LAC is an award winning organization known for its wide range of activities, and emphasis on community and local programming alongside ancillary events. The LAC presents a changing calendar of up to 40 diverse exhibitions each year and is home to the notable Henry collection and the LAC permanent collection, collectively comprising of over 600 Canadian, international, historical, and contemporary works of art.

Distinguished for offering complimentary visitor admission and programming, the LAC is committed to facilitating access and stimulating the appreciation and understanding for visual arts and relevant cultural topics.

Visiting Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10am – 4:30pm
Friday 10am – 4:30pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm

*Closed Dec 23 – Jan 2 & Aug 24 – Aug 30. Other Holidays may affect these hours, please call ahead.


From Windsor & Detroit: Hwy #3, Right on Erie St. (Hwy 77) Leamington Exit, Right on Talbot St. West

Travel Time from Windsor West is approximately 45mins and Windsor East 35mins. Detroit is approx. 1 hour.


Daily visitor Admission is free to the public. Donations always welcome and appreciated.


All parking is free. 2-hour parking is available Talbot St. W in front, Mill St. in rear or all day parking in the John St. and Russell St. Municipal lots just 1.5 blocks to the North-East and South of the LAC.

For Artists dropping off work, 15min. loading zone parking is available directly our front on Talbot St West. near the front doors and west side elevator entrance.


Tours are available for private and community groups, schools, clubs, and individuals. 48 Hours notice required. Donations are appreciated, but not required.


Fully accessible- elevator and washroom, climate controlled, art supply store, Market Place artist market cafe and wine bar directly inside, nearby dinning & shopping as well as a bus stop across the street. Transient boaters can take advantage of the free bus tokens available at the Leamington Municipal marina office.

Mission Statement

The South Essex Arts Association is dedicated to creating and sustaining a celebration of the human spirit through the nurturing of the arts within our community.

Values/Vision Statement

The South Essex Arts Association, in partnership with the various art mediums and other disciplines within the arts culture, promotes, fosters and stimulates the appreciation of the arts.Through artistic events and exhibitions with a special focus on the work of local artisans, SEAA assists in preserving all forms of art within the community.

Cultural Access Pass (CAP) Service Provider

The Cultural Access Pass (CAP) offers new citizens the opportunity to enjoy the Canadian cultural experience through complimentary access to more than 600 participating attractions, galleries, museums and discovery Canada. The program encourages new citizens to curate their own Canadian experience in their first year of citizenship, opening doors to Canadian culture with the intent of generating a sense of belonging and engagement in their communities, and in Canada as a whole. For CAP’s participating attractions, the program.

The LAC is proud to be a CAP service provider who both, grants and accepts CAP memberships to new immigrants.

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Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)

The LAC is a proud member of the OAAG offering reciprocal benefits to over 80 institutions with your LAC membership card.

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