Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery Announces New Expansion

Beaverbrook Art GallerySeptember 6, 20190 Comments

Fredericton, New Brunswick, September 6, 2019 – Construction of the new wing is anticipated to start in the fall of 2019 and will continue in 2020.

Situated strategically between the St John River and the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, the new wing, being named in honour of Harrison McCain, will dramatically alter the landscape of downtown Fredericton. 

The Harrison McCain pavilion, designed by Shirley Blumberg of the Toronto firm KPMB, will be the first public building to bear the name of this remarkable Canadian.

Like Beaverbrook, Harrison McCain was both world class business man and a passionate New Brunswicker. This new wing is a fitting tribute for McCain’s profound impact on Canadian business.

“Six decades ago this month, Lord Beaverbrook offered this art gallery as a gift to the people of New Brunswick,” said James C. Irving, chair of the Gallery’s Board of Governors. “We are excited to embark on the next phase of our institution’s life. The Harrison McCain pavilion will honour McCain’s legacy.”

The $6 million Harrison McCain pavilion concludes the final phase of Beaverbrook campaign.

Since 2009, the three-phase Beaverbrook campaign has received more than $33 million in donations for both capital building expansion and program endowment.

Gallery Director/CEO Thomas Smart. “This new expansion will recognize Harrison McCain’s tremendous commitment not only to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, but to our artists.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was first opened to the public on September 16, 1959.

Its collection ranks as one of the best in Canada, with a value of close to $1 billion.

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About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was first opened to the public on September 16, 1959. Since then, its collection has grown to approximately 6,000 works of art, and it has continued to develop and produce engaging, exciting, and enriching exhibitions and programs that have been seen at home, across Canada, and internationally. It has also seen three previous, large-scale physical expansions: the East and West wings in the 1980s, the Marion McCain Atlantic Gallery in the 1990s, and, most recently, a pavilion expansion which opened in 2017.

Upcoming celebrations of the Gallery’s milestone birthday will take place over the coming months, with artist-led workshops; a free, public birthday party celebration on September 16, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; and with Gala 60, an evening fundraiser gala celebrating the Gallery’s first 60 years, and its next 60. The Gala event will also host the opening preview of the Marion McCain Exhibition of Atlantic Art. Information on these and all of the Gallery’s programs are available at, and Gala 60 tickets are available at

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Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications

Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039

Meghan Callaghan
Communciations and Digital Engagement Officer

Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-0972

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