Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces a $500,000 gift to refurbish and reinvent its East Wing galleries.

Beaverbrook Art GalleryJuly 13, 20170 Comments

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces a $500,000 gift to refurbish and reinvent its East Wing galleries.

Fredericton, NB, July 13, 2017 -- The Beaverbrook Art Gallery has announced today a financial gift in support of a renovation of the Gallery’s East Wing by Dr. Lucinda Flemer, CM, of St. Andrews, NB. These galleries will now become the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s International Wing, showcasing a number of the Gallery’s international masterworks, including works by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Boudin, Freud, Sickert and many others that have become favourites in the collection. Also displayed will be a selection of objects from the Lucile Pillow Collection of English Porcelain 1743 – 1840, furniture pieces, and decorative arts. The newly-renovated space will open this fall, alongside the Gallery’s pavilion expansion.

Allison D. McCain, CM, Chair of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Board of Governors, says:

“The Gallery is nearing the completion of a major expansion with the opening of the new pavilion scheduled for October. At the same time, the Gallery has also invested in several initiatives to revitalize the existing gallery space that has served us well for several decades.  We wish to thank Dr. Flemer for continuing her support for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and creating a wonderful showcase for these important works from our permanent collection.”

Dr. Flemer, who also supported the initial construction of these spaces in 1983, has been a long-time supporter of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and is quite eager to see the revitalized space:

“This period of expansion and renewal for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery was an ideal opportunity to revitalize a space that has been important to me, and to my family, from its beginning,” she states. “Transforming the East Wing into the Gallery’s International Wing will give special focus to some of the Gallery’s most significant works, and I am very pleased to support this project and the institution.”

The new International Wing will be divided into a number of smaller viewing areas, each richly painted in vibrant colours chosen to reflect the periods in which the works were created. These areas will provide an intimate and welcoming atmosphere for visitors to enjoy the renowned and timeless artworks on view.

Bernard Riordon, OC, Interim Director/CEO, also thanked Flemer for her contribution:

“Dr. Flemer and her family are long-standing benefactors of the Gallery, and we are very thankful to her for this renewed support. This financial contribution will help enhance both the presentation of artworks from the collection and the visitor experience of the Gallery. We are grateful to Dr. Flemer for her generosity, her vision, and her dedication to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.”

Members of the public are invited to explore the renovated and revitalized International Wing on October 15, when it will open to the general public as part of the opening celebrations of the Gallery’s new pavilion.

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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.

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery
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