ST. JOHN'S, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - A new investment from the Harper
Government will allow art enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador and
other provinces across Canada to enjoy a retrospective of the work of
renowned artist Mary Pratt. Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
and Communities, today announced support for The Rooms Provincial Art
Gallery on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian
Heritage and Official Languages.
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to
celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous and
free country we are today."
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery is partnering with the Art Gallery of
Nova Scotia to create a touring exhibition of Pratt's work. After
opening at The Rooms in May 2013, the exhibition will travel from
Newfoundland and Labrador to Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. It
will include up to 75 works of arts—drawn from public and private
collections in Canada—that depict the various stages of the artist's
60-year career. A fully illustrated catalogue, available in both
official languages, will accompany the exhibition, and new technologies
will be used to draw young people to the retrospective.
"I am pleased that our Government is supporting this exhibition, which
will enable many Canadians to get to know and appreciate the art of
Mary Pratt," said Mr. Poilievre. "By presenting this retrospective, The
Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are
providing a unique cultural experience for gallery visitors."
"The significant support provided for the Mary Pratt exhibition under
the Museums Assistance Program will greatly assist The Rooms Provincial
Art Gallery in celebrating one of our country's most acclaimed and
accomplished artists, an artist which Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
are deeply proud of," said Dean Brinton, CEO of The Rooms Corporation.
"This retrospective will connect gallery visitors with Pratt's body of
work in a new way, demonstrating her distinctive talent for making
everyday objects things of beauty. The Rooms is very proud to develop
this retrospective, in partnership with The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia,
here in Mary's adopted home province—the place where her works have
been treasured and loved for such a long time."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $301,100 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding
to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster
excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the
treasures of our collective heritage.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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Director, Regional Communications
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)