POSSIBLE WORLDS is an artist-run shop, gallery and project space in Chinatown, Ottawa, Canada. Occupying a 330 square foot former travel agency since February 2015, this micro arts and social hub brings together and showcases the work of emerging, experimental, diverse, socially-engaged and underrepresented artists, groups or collectives in electronic music and graphic art. 

A curated selection of works is sold in our shop, focusing on new and affordable limited edition pieces and multiples created by local, Canadian and international artists, as well as in-house. Our selection includes prints, new vinyl records, cassettes, apparel, artist books, zines, pins, ceramics and other art objects. Each month we host a range of art and cultural happenings such as exhibitions, talks, workshops, silkscreening workshops, meetups, events and installations bringing together contemporary visual artists, printmakers, media artists, sound artists, music producers, DJs, craftspeople, writers, social practitioners and the community-at-large. 

The space was initially launched as a pop-up in 2015 to mark the 10-year anniversary of our collective and studio, Spins & Needles. It was also a response to the lack of accessible cultural infrastructure available to the arts community in Ottawa for learning, gathering and experimentation, as well as our own desire to engage with more diverse artists and perspectives in the local artistic milieu. 

In extending this initiative,  we hope to provide an alternative art and music platform that helps advance creative and cultural dialogue in Ottawa and beyond, bringing artists and citizens together who are passionate about multidiscplinary approaches to creating culture, to reimagine progressive ways of thinking and being in the world.

Photo by Zara Ansar

Photo by Zara Ansar

Jason Pelletier & Melanie Yugo

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.