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Explore Stratford’s visual arts scene

It’s no surprise that every art is honoured here in Canada’s premier centre of arts and culture. Stratford has a lively arts scene that encompasses everything you can think of, including fine arts, Indigenous arts, and crafts in every medium.

Gallery Stratford is located in one of our most gorgeous settings--a converted 19th century pump house nestled within a glade of trees. Just a short walk from the Festival Theatre and the downtown heritage district, the Gallery presents selections from its permanent collection as well as travelling exhibitions all year-round. It also offers workshops, classes, and children's programmes.

Below is a list of some other galleries in Stratford and surrounding area —visit the links to find out more:

Galleries at a glance:

Explore Stratford’s literary arts scene

Literature is a part of every facet of the arts here in Stratford, from literary festivals to plays written by Shakespeare. In fact, storytelling is deeply embedded in Canada’s premier centre of arts and culture, with a lively literary arts scene that encompasses literary writing, playwriting, songwriting, and more.

Stratford is also home to a variety of writing workshops and retreats where writers of all levels can hone their craft. Stratford’s artistic vibe and nurturing environment helps participants take their writing to the next level, no matter what stage they’re at.

Stratford’s Literary Arts and Authors

Stratford is home to numerous bestselling authors, songwriters, and playwrights.

It’s quite possible to run into a well-known writer anywhere around Stratford. You may find yourself discovering author and songwriter Ron Sexsmith sipping coffee at revel or playwright Kate Hennig writing along the banks of the Avon. Margaret Atwood has been spotted in Stratford many times. Maybe you’ll catch her at Balzac’s enjoying a cup of Atwood Blend, a Smithsonian Institution certified Bird Friendly® blend to help raise funds and awareness for Canada’s Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO).

Other authors who have called Stratford home include Timothy Findley, Andrew Pyper, Deborah Cooke, Jane Urquhart, Marthe Jocelyn, E.K. Johnston, R.J. Anderson, and Alison Wearing

Of course, writing is not limited to novels, and Stratford has plenty of playwrights living in and visiting the city due to their involvement with the Stratford Festival. These include Kate Hennig, Liza BalkanLee MacDougall, Mark Crawford, and Heather Debling.

Songwriting is also based on story and Stratford is home to numerous songwriters including Loreena McKennitt, Ron Sexsmith, Ali Matthews, and Dayna Manning. As well, Emm Gryner lives in nearby St. Marys.

All in all, if you’re looking for creative inspiration—or just to bump into one of your favourite writers—you’ll find it in Stratford.

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