Transition, Inspiration, Creation
Together we take the dream of Lord Beaverbrook to a new level. Your gallery is the art gallery of New Brunswick - a revitalized centre of art and imagination for the 21st Century. Art and people are the inspiration. Together we bring more art to more communities and welcome more visitors from around the world. Our expansion will create an extraordinary new home for people from all walks of life, for our programs, for our works of art.
Art Meets Architecture
The Beaverbrook Campaign is an extraordinary initiative drawing on art and people as our inspiration. We are committed to bring more art to more people and welcome more visitors from all over the world to experience our superlative collection.
We plan to establish New Brunswick as the centre of excellence and research for art and artists of the Atlantic region. Our expansion and renewal program will build on the vitality and maturity of the visual arts in Atlantic Canada while bringing these artists to the world along with our renowned masterworks. We will expand our activity in exhibitions, acquisitions, tours, awards, artist residencies, workshops, programs in digital and new media and discovery and learning experiences to make human expression and cultural reflection an integral part of people’s lives.
Phase 1: Revitalization Project
The important first phase of our expansion program, a $3.75 M project funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, was completed in December 2010.
The project included the revitalization of existing Gallery space with a new climate control system, an expanded loading dock and storage vaults, an outdoor sculpture garden, new flooring in its principal galleries and the renovation of 3500 ft2 of storage area into a contemporary art space. This ambitious renovation has assured the Gallery’s Category A rating to exhibit the finest works of art from anywhere in the world.
Phase 2: Expansion Project
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Phase 2 expansion will create a landmark example of contemporary architecture in Atlantic Canada. The award-winning firm of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple of Halifax, Nova Scotia has designed a powerfully elegant addition worthy of the quality of the collection. With an area around 14,000 ft2, it is designed to engage the public, capture the unparalleled beauty of its environment and provide stellar exhibition, education and public areas.
The sweeping new Dorchester stone pavilion transforms the the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and graciously wraps around the east end, opening to The Green and to the St. John River.
The Pavilion is the highly visible public symbol of the expansion of the Gallery. It will house two levels of programming space including up to four new galleries, additional vault space, an artist-in-residence studio, a multi-purpose theatre, and a café.
This will represent a historic and enduring legacy to the people of New Brunswick and Canada.
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be treated as a place of civic pride, a site-specific design culturally investing in the City’s centre. The new Gallery will embrace The Green, the St. John River, and downtown Fredericton; establishing a relationship between itself and these public spaces with their inhabitants. The proposed addition engages the public by both creating integrated outdoor spaces, and opening the Gallery’s interior with large panes of glass. The minimal stone-clad addition reinforces the Gallery’s integration within its urban context. The Legislative Assembly Building adds to the civic nature of this part of town; its tradition will be respected through stone, a simple low form, and a mature timeless architecture.
The addition will provide a number of new galleries; these modern and versatile galleries will be tailored to display and share the extensive Beaverbrook collection while providing accessibility to all visitors.
Phase 3: (Optional Phase)
Currently under review and development.