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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Living Library


Craft Intercultural Interdisciplinary Visual arts
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


Art Gallery of Burlington - Lakeshore Gallery

1333 Lakeshore Road

Burlington, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Co-curated by Suzanne Carte and Jasmine Mander

As an educational organization, the Art Gallery of Burlington understands the important role libraries play as a site where everyday knowledge, experiences, and literacies are valued. Living Library program is a year-long initiative with rotating and overlapping artists and authors’ projects, which provides free and equitable access to events, a maker space, books, and room to sprawl. Like a library, it encourages the exchange of a broad range of human knowledge, experience, traditions, and ideas in a welcoming and supportive environment. It promotes the sharing of resources and stories through resting, writing, reading, listening, and looking.

Living Library is an all-ages, flexible space designed to foster connectivity and meet the changing needs of Burlingtonians. The space is activated by regular contributors, such as artists, cultural workers, community organizers, and audiences. Living Library is built with the explicit intention of creating space in the institution wherein people want to spend more time resting and creating. It strives to build connections and make new friends.

The space consists of tables, nooks, plants, rugs, seating, vessels, a chalkboard, and shelves full of books to read and materials to create with. It is sophisticated, yet playful, in design to be inviting for multiple generations and comfortable for a diverse range of learners. Opening its doors on January 25, the Living Library welcomes visitors with artworks by artists Erika DeFreitas, Jeffrey Gibson, and Natalie King.

Image credit: Natalie King, a soft place to daydream, 2023. Mural, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Chris Blanchenot.



Art Gallery of Burlington

The Art Gallery of Burlington is Burlington’s public art gallery and community centre. We are a place of intersection where creators, cultures and communities meet and share in the wealth of human creativity.

AGB Hours

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 AM – 9 PM

Thursday to Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM


Art Gallery of Burlington

905 632 7796

This event is part of a hub:

Burlington Culture Days

The Corporation of the City of Burlington Burlington, ON

Celebrate Culture Days in Burlington! Join local artists, cultural professionals and creative organizations to attend free, interactive in-person and online events and activities during the 14th annual Culture Days celebration from Sept. 22...