The Government of Canada supports access to the visual arts in New Brunswick through specialized equipment upgrades at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
FREDERICTON, April 24, 2017 /CNW/ - Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament (Fredericton), today announced funding of $507,821 for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to support upgrades to specialized equipment. Mr. DeCourcey made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
This funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will support equipment for a new Pavilion and the British and High Galleries. These improvements will help the Gallery meet industry standards and enhance public programming.
"The equipment upgrades at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will ensure that the institution remains a landmark cultural destination in Canada. The improvements will lead to a modern, safe and high-quality facility that will serve the public for years to come. The Government of Canada is proud to support this project, which will provide Canadian and international visitors with better access this unique arts experience."
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, regarded as the foremost gallery in New Brunswick and a significant Canadian institution, has been making art accessible in Fredericton for close to 70 years. Showcasing regional, national and international artists, the Gallery brings art and community together."
- Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament (Fredericton)
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery officially opened to the public on September 16, 1959, and was designated as the Provincial Art Gallery in December 1994. With an original focus on British and Canadian painting, the permanent collection is recognized internationally and has grown from 300 works in 1959 to currently more than 3,000.
The Gallery's collection also includes large-scale outdoor sculptures by regional, national and international artists. The Gallery presents a rotating schedule of historical and contemporary exhibitions, and hosts others on loan from other countries.
The equipment upgrades will include lighting, a public address system for the entire building, security system equipment, access control devices, and a new system for heating, air conditioning, humidity control and ventilation to ensure the long-term protection of the art collection.
Beaverbrook Art Gallery http://beaverbrookartgallery.org/en
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455203896312/1455204007503
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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