a group of people sitting at a picnic table in the gallery under woodcut prints hung from the ceiling.

Established in 1968, the Anna Leonowens Gallery is a public exhibition space within the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. With three locations, two storefront premises in Granville mall in historic downtown Halifax and the Port Loggia on Halifax’s waterfront, the Anna Leonowens Gallery (The Anna) has hosted over 4650 exhibitions and projects to date in its 54-year history.

A unique exhibition space, The Anna presents professional exhibitions by curators and professional artists alongside NSCAD MFA Thesis and BFA graduating solo exhibitions. An extension of the pedagogical activities of the university, The Anna gives emerging artists hands-on experience for what is often their first solo exhibition. The Gallery mounts over 100 exhibitions and over 70 events a year, consistently attracting more than 22,000 visitors annually.


Notes on Mobility: The Anna is located in a historic building built in 1860. Although charming its historical architecture is problematic. Our main entrance has one step to enter. To access the portable wheelchair ramp please ring the doorbell to the left of the entrance and a staff person will assist you immediately during opening hours. Once inside you will be able to access Gallery 1 and 2. Gallery 3 is located down two half flights of stairs in an “L” shape. To avoid using the stairs and access Gallery 3 gallery staff will accompany you outside to the Gallery 3 entrance on Hollis street, a 30 sec walk from the main door.

Washrooms: Our two washrooms are at the back of the gallery, up a flight of stairs through a small hall and then down a second flight of stairs. They are both gender neutral. Unfortunately the gallery does not have wheelchair accessible washrooms on site but gallery staff can assist in taking you to the closest wheelchair washroom on campus.

The Galleries at our Port Campus have accessible coin operated parking out front on Marginal road. The galleries can be accessed at the north end and the south end of the building. Both entrances have automatic doors, operated by buttons both outside and inside. There are no steps to the gallery. Washrooms can be accessed by a ramp on the North end of the building where you will find a security desk. They will be able to escort you to the nearest washroom on that floor as the doors are accessed with a key card.