Visitors and residents can look forward to a bigger, better Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has announced that it will provide a $6-million one-time funding grant in support of the gallery's $30-million renovation project. The gallery plans to undertake important technical upgrades, and provide more multi-purpose presentation space, a community auditorium, and enhanced education facilities to serve the community.
“For almost 70 years, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has been one of our province’s most important institutions, connecting residents and visitors to arts in B.C.,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “I’m delighted that our government’s support for The Next Gallery Project will help ensure this treasure for future generations.”
The announcement took place in the lobby of the gallery, where Beare and Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, were joined by Ruth Wittenberg, president of the board of directors of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, along with other board members and community supporters of the project.
“As the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, I know first-hand how the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria brings people together through art appreciation and education,” said James. “Our government recognizes that investing in this project supports a flourishing arts and culture community, which contributes to the strength, vitality and diversity of our region.”
The gallery’s current facility has reached its capacity, and faces substantial infrastructure challenges. The Next Gallery Project will preserve the original location of the Spencer Mansion, and will build 1,850 square metres of new gallery space.
The addition will provide increased display space and storage for the gallery’s growing collection, allow for more education programs, and meet modern seismic and environmental standards. The new building will include a community auditorium and gathering space, a sculpture garden, cafe and gift shop.
“We are tremendously grateful to the Government of British Columbia for providing this substantial grant for The Next Gallery Project,” said Wittenberg. “This funding is a significant investment in our capital region’s arts and culture community. The new gallery will enhance our capacity to reach an even broader audience with more world-class exhibitions and public education programs, while providing an enduring legacy for British Columbians.”
- The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria was formed in 1945. In 1951, it moved into the Spencer mansion on Moss Street.
- For more than 70 years, the art gallery has presented the best of the arts, enhancing the quality of life of the community and providing a valuable art resource to residents of Greater Victoria and tourists.
- In addition to this infrastructure funding, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria received $275,000 in operating funds provided by government through the BC Arts Council in 2017-18.
For more information about The Next Gallery Project, visit: https://aggv.ca/the-next-gallery/about-the-next-gallery/