Joe Fafard
Running Horses, 2007
laser cut steel, 10 12 m installation width
Purchased 2008 with the generous support of the Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Photo © National Gallery of Canada


THE CIRCLE is an exclusive group, established to provide a philanthropic vehicle for individuals to delight in the visual splendour housed within one of Canada’s architectural landmarks.

There are five degrees of fellowship in The Circle Programme:

  • Curator’s Circle: $1,000 to $2,499
  • Director’s Circle: $2,500 to $4,999
  • Council's Circle: $5,000 to $9,999
  • Chair’s Circle: $10,000 and above
  • Legacy Circle: Bequests and other deferred gifts 

Circle patrons enjoy special privileges and share in the knowledge that their generous contributions are directed specifically to the special projects and programmes that the Gallery promotes throughout the year.

Thanks to the generous support of Circle patrons, the following special projects have been realized: