Media Kit: Beaverbrook Art Gallery Phase II Pavilion Expansion
A Growing Passion for Art: Towards a bigger, bolder Beaverbrook
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is expanding in a big way, with a new pavilion set to open in summer of 2017.
Designed by the award-winning firm of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited of Halifax, the expanded facility will consist of a new pavilion attached to the existing building, and is projected to add 14,000 square feet of space spread over three levels. A window-filled lower level will house amenities and public spaces, while the locally-sourced, Dorchester stone clad upper level will feature the Gallery spaces and two grand windows overlooking Fredericton’s natural beauty.
Included in this capital project are the creation of two voluminous exhibition galleries for rotating exhibitions and for showcasing the Gallery’s permanent collection while offering stunning views of the natural beauty of the St. John River and of one of Fredericton’s primary green spaces; a dedicated space for presenting the Gallery’s prized, monumental Salvador Dalí painting, Santiago el Grande; designated spaces for prints and drawings, art by youth, and Canadian folk art; and a new outdoor courtyard.
In addition, new public engagement spaces will include an artist-in-residence studio, which will facilitate greater interaction with artists and the art-making process; a multipurpose learning centre, designed for versatile use and configuration to support Gallery and external programming; and a contemporary café that will provide refreshments as well a space for creative work.
The Gallery is also undertaking work to renovate a number of existing spaces, including an already-completed, dramatic transformation of its orientation and lobby space, and to develop its outdoor sculpture spaces – just recently, a new work by Canadian artist Sorel Etrog (over 7’ tall on the base, and weighing over 1,000 lbs.) entitled King and Queen (Cornuti) was gifted by his estate and installed in the Gallery’s sculpture garden.
* Note: Many of the new and existing spaces have been named; Gallery communications staff are happy to provide a list of official space names to interested parties.
About the Gallery:
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook, and opened on 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.”
Architect’s rendering of the overall pavilion, seen from a location south-east of the Gallery.
Architect’s rendering of the overall pavilion placement (note: some courtyard details have changed since created)
Architect’s rendering of new courtyard between the pavilion and the Green.
Architect’s rendering of the café
Architect’s rendering of RBC Learning Centre
Architect’s rendering of Sobey Youth Art Space
Architect’s rendering of the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio
Architect’s rendering of the Jean E. Irving River Gallery
Architect’s rendering of the Elizabeth A. Currie Gallery on the Green
Architect’s rendering of the Prints and Drawings Gallery, A Gift from Lois and John Thompson
Architect’s rendering of the Canadian Folk Art space, supported by Ann & Barry Birks
HDR Photograph of the pavilion under construction, July 2016. Photo credit: Rob Blanchard.
Flythrough of the architect’s rendering for Phase 2 (streaming video link; HD video file available upon request)
Brochure detailing the expansion (Bilingual, PDF format)
The newly-renovated orientation gallery in May 2016.
The newly-renovated foyer in May 2016.
The newly-renovated Harriet Irving Gallery in May 2016.