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January 5 - January 30

8×10: 2022 Amateur Photography Contest

Reception CANCELLED Due to COVID-19

The LAC is proud to once again feature its annual amateur photography contest. This year’s exhibit features nearly 200 amazing photos in the categories of Black-and-white, colour, digitally enhanced. Prizes to be awarded in each category!

Due to current provincial orders, this exhibit is currently closed for in-person viewing, but available as a VIRTUAL EXHIBIT, CLICK HERE.

Generously sponsored by Framing by ANNA and SPEEDPRINT. 

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

February 2 - February 27

U22: 2022 SEAA/LAC Members Show & Sale

Reception: TBA due to COVID-19

The 2022 annual members show and sale celebrates the strength, vitality, creativity and wealth of talent found within the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC)/ South Essex Arts Association (SEAA). Each year, the diverse and outstanding works by our members creates an exciting and engaging exhibition whereby artists are able to showcase, share and sell their work.

The exhibition creates a platform for artists to network with peers to develop their skills and experiences. Open to all media, any subject matter. Please see submission form for more details.


*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.


Opening Reception: TBA due to COVID-19

The SEAA/LAC’s collection is of great pride amongst its staff, members, and constituents. We take seriously our mission to enrich culture through the collection and preservation of art. Since its founding in 1971, the SEAA/LAC has acquired hundreds of works of art, collecting in the areas of Canadian and international historical and contemporary art.The collection has been built both through donated gifts and considered purchases. Approximately 90% of Gallery acquisitions come from private donors—often dedicated collectors looking for a permanent home for their works where they will be appreciated, cared for, and put on display for others to enjoy.  It is because of the generosity of these donors that the SEAA/LAC enjoys the position it holds as a collecting institution.

This exhibit features works collected primarily in 2020-2021.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

March 2 - March 27

THE HENRY COLLECTION: Municipality of Leamington

Opening Reception: Cancelled Due to Covid-19

The Henry Family traveled the world collecting art and artifacts from all around the world and as far away as East Asia. The collection includes oil paintings from across Canada and the United States, porcelain figurines from China, jade and silver sculptures and reliefs, plus much, much more. 

This prominent collection was gifted to the Municipality of Leamington and is currently in care and possession of the Leamington Arts Centre/ South Essex Arts Association.

Regularly select works form the collection are brought into the gallery space for public viewing. Works selected for this exhibit primarily include two-dimensional works in the medium of oil, acrylic and watercolour, and a number of them by well-known Canadian painters.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.


Opening Reception: TBA Due to COVID-19

Breaking Barrier’s focus is to create an understanding of lived experiences. The exhibition seeks to highlight resilience and resourcefulness in coping with barriers. A barrier can be anything that one must overcome to reach a goal, even if the goal is simply to survive. Breaking Barriers is an exhibition for creative expression that empowers, builds awareness, and facilitates healing through the arts. It is an exhibition for creative expression that empowers, builds awareness, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations.

This exhibition is open to all 2D and 3D visual art (painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, textile art, installations, etc.) 

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

March 30 - April 24


Opening Reception: TBA due to Covid-19

Generously sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leamington and the Kiwanis Club, the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC) presents the 2021 23rd Annual Juried Student Art Show. 

This exhibition is open to ALL Essex County Secondary Students and features $2300 in cash prizes including a Future Artist Award and a People’s Choice Award.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.



April 26 - May 29

TBA: Mixed Media Group Exhibit


Valerie Read

TBA: Val Read


June 1 - June 26

ART ALIVE!: Don Waffle


June 29 - July 24


July 27 - August 28


August 31 - September 26

WFCU CREDIT UNION: painting competition + exhibit

Opening Reception: TBA due to Covid-19 

The WFCU Credit Union Painting Competition + Exhibit is an incredible opportunity for emerging, mid-career and established artists to present their most accomplished works at the LAC for a chance to win cash prizes. The exhibit’s focus is to highlight and celebrate the arts in our region and to offer financial support and an audience for artists. $1200 in Cash Prize will be awarded! 

Sponsored by: WFCU Credit Union

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.


September 28 - October 23

TBA: LAC annual juried exhibition

October 26 - November 20

MEMBERS EXHIBIT: Shooters Photography Club 

Have passion for photography? Interested in being involved and gaining some knowledge and experience? See what the Shooters Club members have been up to…

Get inspired to pull out your old camera, or fall in love with a beautiful landscape. The Shooters Show and Sale will definitely have something to catch your eye!

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

FAR OUT SHOW: Group Exhibit

This exhibition’s focus is to highlight and showcase those offbeat, avant-guard, radical and/or extreme works of art that make us all think outside the box and push the limits of expressionism in contemporary art.

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.

November 23 - December 18

A SIGNATURE CHRISTMAS: indoor artist market

Opening Reception: TBA due to Covid-19

The LAC presents a Signature Christmas indoor Artist Market. This annual arts and crafts show offers perfect unique and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list! Come see a festive presentation of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, driftwood and woodworking arts and crafts, acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings, photography and much more; handmade items to fit every budget from stocking stuffers to signature gifts. Everyone is certain to enjoy shopping in a warm Christmas setting in this month-long “holiday store” with free visitor admission!

*Exhibition dates and details are subject to change due to COVID-19.