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A Bigger, Better Beaverbrook Art Gallery Opens Its Doors

A Bigger, Better Beaverbrook Art Gallery Opens Its Doors

Thousands of People Visit The Expanded Gallery During Its Grand Opening Weekend

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick’s provincial gallery, welcomed thousands of visitors as it opened its expanded facility to the public this weekend.

Part of a $30.5 million capital campaign, the new pavilion was designed by the award-winning firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It adds 14,000 interior square feet, including gallery spaces, a café, artist-in-residence studio, and more.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which is recognized globally, counts works by Mary Pratt, JMW Turner, Henri Matisse, Walter Sickert and Lucian Freud, and many more among its collection. One of its signature works, a massive Salvador Dali painting titled Santiago el Grande, now has a purpose-designed home in the new wing.

“With the expansion, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will become even more of a visual arts destination” said Allison D. McCain, Chair of the Gallery's Board of Governors. “Already a dynamic institution, the Gallery now has a greater ability to exhibit more of its world-class collection and more space for people to engage with the art and the artists.”

The expansion situates the Gallery better within its natural environment, says Bernard Riordon, the Gallery’s Interim Director and CEO. “With our architects, we have taken considerable care in designing this bigger, better Beaverbrook Art Gallery to ensure it is part of the community. The pavilion includes 20-foot tall windows that open onto the Saint John River and Fredericton’s Green. On the lower level, a wall of windows open onto a courtyard connecting the Gallery to the downtown.”

The project was made possible through the generosity of public and private sector donors. You can find a complete list of donors here

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Chair of the board Allison D. McCain addresses donors and invited guests at the official opening of the pavilion on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Photo: Rob Blanchard.

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery hosted a Party at the Pavilion on Saturday, October 14, 2017, to celebrate the new pavilion’s opening. Photo: Rob Blanchard

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Visitors take in Salvador Dalí’s Santiago el Grande in its new home in the Gallery’s pavilion at the public opening on October 15. Photo: Rob Blanchard.

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s new pavilion. Photo: Rob Blanchard.

About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
La Galerie d'art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l'art.

Media Contact
Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039