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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Unveils Major Expansion of Art Collection, one of the largest One-Time Purchases since Opening in 1959

(Fredericton, NB, May 14, 2024) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is thrilled to announce the expansion to its permanent art collection, marking one of the most significant acquisitions of Canadian art since its inception. This exciting acquisition of more than 30 artworks underscores the gallery's commitment to growing its collection in a meaningful way by increasing its offerings of contemporary and historical Indigenous, Canadian, and Atlantic artworks.

Curated with the intention of growing the collection of artworks in areas that the gallery has lacked, the expanded collection showcases a breathtaking array of contemporary artworks spanning various mediums, styles, and perspectives. Among the remarkable additions to the Beaverbrook's expanded collection are four standout artworks that help round out the gallery’s collection:

  1. Zombie Fires Burning (2024), by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, a large 92 x 62-inch painting depicting the destruction of the environment. Playing with tropes of surrealism, in particular the “melting watches” of Salvador Dali, he combines traditional Northwest coast imagery and motifs with a cutting take on Western art history.
  2. Chants de Travail (2006), mixed media sound installation, 158 x 40 x 256-inches by Jean-Pierre Gauthier, plays with sound, and allows visitors to immerse themselves in his work as they walk underneath it to view conduits, cords, wires, and the once familiar objects that make up his music-makers. In this work he has reconceived sculpture as musical in that he has envisioned his sculptures as instruments, instruments that play themselves.
  3. Blanket 2 (2006) painted aluminum, 96 x 36 x 5-inches by Zeke Moores, which was made through the process of sandcasting, a painstaking process whereby replicas of objects are made by imprinting them into founder’s sand. Achieving the level of detail that Moores does by molding a soft textile in sand represents the highest level of craftsmanship.
  4. 16 of 100 Closest Stars (2024), 3-D printed plastic filament, varying dimensions by Lucy Pullen. In 100 Closest Stars New-York based Canadian artist Lucy Pullen uses celestial navigation to plot shapes for our sun’s closest neighbours. The crystalline forms reflect the overlapping and intersecting planes that describe the positions of stars in a sky where everything is constantly moving.

These historic acquisitions reflect the dedication of the Beaverbrook’s curatorial team to supporting and promoting Canadian artists, providing a platform for their voices to resonate and their visions to inspire.

"We are thrilled to unveil aspects of our expanding art collection, which represents a landmark moment in the history of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, “ says Curator of Canadian Art, Ray Cronin. "This ambitious endeavor reflects our commitment to grow our collection with our accession funds. With many of the newly acquired works already on display, we invite art enthusiasts from near and far to visit the gallery to view these stunning works.”

In addition to the expanded collection, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is offering Climate and Creativity school tours for grades 3 to 12 which feature some of the newly acquired works. These tours, supported by the Chawkers Foundation, offer students a unique opportunity to engage with the artworks and connect with the important themes behind them.

As the Beaverbrook continues to change over its exhibition spaces visitors will see more of the newly acquired works in the coming months.

For more information about the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and our upcoming exhibitions please visit www.beaverbrookartgallery.org.

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Manager of Marketing and Communications

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, NB, April 10, 2024) – Lovers of Canadian art will be thrilled to learn that the blockbuster exhibition Tom Thomson: North Star is set to travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in November of this year, the only venue for this exhibition in Atlantic Canada. Opening to the public on November 10, 2024, this magnificent exhibition presents Thomson’s finest works, incomparable treasures of Canadian art.

“We are so grateful to all our many lenders for helping us to make the most of this wonderful occasion,“ says Sarah Milroy, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. ”Our own holdings of Thomson are very strong at the McMichael, but now we can enjoy these works in the fullest and best context, and with the expertise of so many wonderful contributing scholars and writers. This is a true symphony of voices.”

Organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s small en plein air oil paintings, also known as oil sketches, of which he is the supreme master. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to delve into Thomson's remarkable three-year period of primary productivity -- from 1914 to 1917 -- with more than 100 paintings on display.

“Thomson’s contributions to Canadian art are immeasurable, and this exhibition is a tribute to his enduring legacy. Through his vivid depictions of the Canadian landscape, Thomson continues to inspire and captivate audiences in Canada and around the world.” Says Ray Cronin, Curator of Canadian Art at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

In addition to the artwork on display, Tom Thomson: North Star will feature interactive elements through educational programming, with a variety of activities available for visitors of all ages. From guided tours to hands-on workshops, visitors will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Thomson’s artistic process and the cultural significance of his art.

“As the only host of this blockbuster exhibition in Atlantic Canada, we are thrilled to present Tom Thomson: North Star at the Beaverbrook,” says Tom Smart, Director of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. “This major retrospective of Thomson’s work with accompanying programming and events is sure to inspire all our visitors.”

Tom Thomson: North Star will be on view at the Beaverbrook from November 10, 2024, to March 21, 2025. For more information please visit beaverbrookartgallery.org.

Organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with the exceptional support of the National Gallery of Canada.

Curated by former Executive Director Ian A.C. Dejardin, and Sarah Milroy, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

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The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contact

Curtis Richardson

Manager of Marketing and Communications

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

703 Queen Street, P.O. 605

Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6

Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org

www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

Programs for kids ages 5-11 and 12-16 who like adventures in art!

All materials are provided!

Every camp participant will receive a small sketchbook to use and keep.

Your week-long adventure includes gallery visits, lunchtime outings to see the Calithumpians, and games on the Green. Some camps also include outings to Science East!

Camps run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Late pick-ups: Until 5:30, by arrangement. There is a daily $5 charge.

Dress for mess and fun! Non-marking indoor shoes are recommended.

Campers need lunch and two snacks, drinks, sunscreen, and a sunhat.

$230 for 5-day camps - Click here to register!

$190 for 4-day camps - Click here to register!

10% members discount

ABOUT OUR CAMPS

All our art instructors and camp supervisors are experienced educators who encourage creativity, self-expression, and development in the arts.

Your children will have the opportunity to create original art in a friendly, respectful environment where they are at the centre of the learning process.

Our staff are certified to provide first aid and CPR and to adapt to your children’s learning styles and needs.

A day at the art camp

8:00 - 9:00       Welcome, introduction

9:00 - 11:00    Gallery visit and Art Making

11:00 - 12:00 Clean up

12:00 - 2:00    Lunch, Outings, Games

2:00 - 4:00       Art Making

4:00 - 4:30      Wrap up and clean up

4:30 - 5:00       Play and Pick-up

*Occasionally, when the weather is not great, we watch short animated videos.

We welcome your suggestions and comments about the art camp, and we hope your child will treasure the art experiences and the friends they make here.

June 26 - 30, 2023:

Ages: 8-11

Mini Master class with Emilie Grace Lavoie

Young artists, join us for a week at the Art School; Through drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture, come and explore techniques and various artistic processes. Discover the artists of our collection while learning about the artistic movements of their time.

July 4 - 7, 2023 (4 days camp)

Ages: 5-11

Science fiction and surrealism with Emilie Grace Lavoie

Aliens, anyone?! Come and explore the strange, the odd, and the bizarre with sculpture and collage. Over the course of the week, emerge yourself into a fantastic universe to inspire you to join the far reaches of the cosmos. Learn about the links between science and the visual arts while visiting Science East for activities. Create clay, plaster, wire, and paper sculptures.

July 10 - 14, 2023

Ages: 8-11

Picture This with Christina Thomson

Inspired by the visual storytelling of Hatem Aly, create a collage, draw, paint, and sculpt your stories! We will explore imaginative illustrations inspired by your favorite comics and characters, and we will experiment with a variety of media such as printmaking, clay, and acrylic paint on canvas.

July 17 - 21, 2023

Ages: 5-8

Chickadees with Christina Thomson

Get busy crafting: mixed-media portraits, watercolours, and acrylics painting landscapes, and objects! Design your own t-shirts, and create soft sculptures and wearable art with fiber and textiles.

July 24 - 28, 2023

Ages: 5- 8

Super Supper Table with Miguelina Izaguirre

An invitation to set your own table!

Inspired by Mary Pratt's iconic 1969 painting Supper Table.

An invitation to set your own table. Each day, the kids will have the opportunity to create their own utensils, plates, placemats, and colorful food. Don’t be surprised if cupcakes or ice cream appear on the table, anything you’d like, you can have by exploring different techniques like collage, papier mache, and clay. 

Daily activities:

Creation of Utensils, bowls, clay cupcakes, fabric collage placemats, favorite fruits and vegetables, and decoration of glass jars.

July 31 - August 4, 2023

Ages: 12-16

Fashion Week with Cleo Gallant

Over the course of the week, fashion students will begin by exploring their own personal design style through mood boards and sketching, as well as being introduced to the key components of fashion illustration to be able to display their designs. Learners will then work with paper sewing patterns and fabrics to cut out a sewing project which they will then assemble by hand.

August 8 - 11, 2023 (4 days camp)

Ages: 5 - 11

Mini atelier de maître (en français) avec Emilie Grace Lavoie

Jeunes artistes, venez nous rejoindre pour une semaine à l'École d'art. À travers le dessin, l'illustration, la peinture et la sculpture, venez explorer les techniques et les différents procédés artistiques utilisés par les maîtres. Découvrez également les artistes de notre collection tout en vous familiarisant avec les mouvements artistiques liés à leur époque.

August 14-18, 2023

Ages: 9-13

Murals with Laura Forrester

Learn how murals take shape, from inspiration to finished product. Collaborate with fellow camp artists to design and create a colourful mural for our Courtyard. Participants will view and discuss murals, discover inspiring public art, and reflect on how to share personal stories in large collective works.

If you have any questions please contact:

education@beaverbrookartgallery.org

(506) 260-7718

 STUDIO WATCH 2023: EMERGING ARTIST SERIES 

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is calling for submissions for the Studio Watch 2023: Emerging Artist Exhibition

This dynamic series provides New Brunswick artists in the early stages of their career with the opportunity for a solo exhibition, the publication of an exhibition brochure, and the purchase of a work of art for the permanent collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. 

Studio Watch 2023: Emerging Artist Exhibition will be held at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery from October 21, 2023 to June 2024. 

To be eligible, the artist must: 

Each submission package must contain the following: 

Please submit your dossier electronically to: studiowatch@beaverbrookartgallery.org 

Deadline for Applications in May 1, 2023 

The Curator of the Studio Watch 2023: Emerging Artist Exhibition is Tom Smart, Director and CEO, Beaverbrook Art Gallery. 

Funding for the series has been generously provided by Earl and Sandy Brewer.

Join us on September 10th for an afternoon of exciting events at the gallery!

12:00 – 12:30 PM: Muskrat Singers, Elder blessing with Maggie Paul, performance by Oromocto First Nation dancers

12:00 – 3:00 PM: BBQ on Queen Street (by donation). The Queen Street Creamery Ice Cream Truck will also be selling their delicious ice cream

12:30 – 1:00 PM: Fredericton High School Band, directed by Greg Webber 

1:00 – 1:30 PM: Opening speeches and ribbon cutting

1:30 & 2:30 PM: Frantically Atlantic performances in the Courtyard

2:00 – 2:30 PM: Multicultural performance in the Contemporary Gallery

2:00 – 4:00 PM: Meet the artists: James Wilson, Deanna Musgrave, Donald Stuart

2:00 & 4:00 PM: Guided tours in English

2:00 – 5:00: Art Activities in the Art Education Centre with the following artists:

2:00 – 5:00: Artist in Residence Studio: Natasha Sacobie demonstrates quillwork

3:00 PM: Guided tour in French

3:00 PM: Dance Performance by Mi’kmaw and Ojibwe artist Kyana Kingbird in the McCain Gallery

Dusk: Light show by Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy

Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day

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Wabanaki Modern: The Artistic Legacy of the 1960s “Micmac Indian Craftsmen” was made possible thanks to support from TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment and Canada Council for the Arts.

Donald Stuart: Homage is sponsored by CI Investments.

James Wilson: Social Studies is supported by Commercial Properties Ltd.

The Opening Festivities of the Harrison McCain Pavilion has been made possible with support from The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Bird Construction Group, RBC, the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, Costco, Covered Bridge Potato Chips, the City of Fredericton, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of New Brunswick- Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

From our Director, Tom Smart:

With the passing of Christopher Pratt on June 5th, Canada lost one of its finest artists who spent his life interpreting the landscapes, seascapes and people of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador.

His was an intense gaze that constantly searched for resonant visual metaphors of home and which also hinted at the complexity of life, his and ours.

Christopher’s compositions were tinged with wonder, rigorously ordered, and yet shrouded in a fearfully overwhelming sense of melancholy, mystery and longing.

What remains with us today is an enduring, radiant art that is a testament to Christopher’s unique capacity to stop time long enough for us to probe the infinite dimensions of the human experience.

Although diminished with his passing, Canadian art has been enriched by his titanic, creative mind.

Christopher lovingly embraced all that fell before his eyes and transformed it, as if by magic, into something eternal.

The Beaverbrook community mourns his loss and extends our sincere condolences to the Pratt family.

A memorial exhibition of Christopher Pratt’s works is set up in our Prints and Drawings gallery.

Applications closed for the 2022 summer residencies on May 13th. Please check back next year to apply.

Creative Summer Residencies: Mid-June to Mid-September

Supported by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation

We are now accepting application for the two-week long summer residencies in the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio. The residencies will run from from mid-June to mid-September. The artist honorarium is $550/week.

The Gallery will be responsible for promotion and publicity that are related to the residency program and all activities related. Artists will have access to the modern, furnished studio on the lower lever of the new pavilion at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Artists are responsible for their own accommodation and transportation for the duration of the residency. The daily studio schedule is 11 am to 5 pm on week days, and 12 noon to 5 pm on weekends. Artists are required to be in the studio for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Summer residencies for 2022 will take place between June 20th and September 9th. We look forward to receiving your submissions, please use the submission form and email it to our Manager of Public Programs, along with photos of your artwork.

Deadline: Applications must be received no later than 5 pm on May 13, 2022.

Our selection committee will review all applications and select the successful candidate shortly after the deadline. Accepted artists will be notified and every effort will be made to schedule their participation. The list of successful applicants and a schedule of Creative Summer Residencies will be announced on May 30, 2022.

Program Contact: Adda Mihailescu , Manager of Public Programs adda@beaverbrookartgallery.org

While we welcome applicants at any time, to be considered for our summer opening stock, applications will be accepted until May 9, 2022.

The Beaverbrook is looking to highlight New Brunswick fine craft artists and makers in its new Beaverbrook Boutique space through the creation of unique Beaverbrook-branded items, items inspired by our permanent collection, and featured items highlighting our regions talented artisans. Our goal is to curate the boutique as an extension of the gallery experience, while making it affordable and accessible to our local community.

We are currently offering three opportunities:

Consignment/Wholesale Items

Showcase your unique items through our Beaverbrook Boutique. These items can range from jewelry, scarves, pottery, woodworking, textiles, children’s toys, and more! This is a great opportunity to show us your one-of-a-kind items that our shoppers will love.

Details:

Commission Items

Help our visitors take a piece of the gallery home with them. Work directly with the Beaverbrook team to create unique branded items and/or souvenir items representing the gallery, its artworks, or the local region (both Fredericton and the province of New Brunswick). These items can range from mugs, tote bags, magnets/pins, t-shirts/sweaters, stationery such as greeting cards and postcards, and more!

Details:

Beaverbrook Featured Artist

The boutique will house a small rotation of products featuring works available for a limited time only. With your work being prominently displayed in the Beaverbrook Boutique, this is a great opportunity to showcase your best pieces.

Details:

These opportunities are open to those who are residents of New Brunswick that have experience producing commissioned work, can work collaboratively and within deadlines, and can provide us with a portfolio of their work, as well as samples of their work if required. Contracts will be negotiated on an individual basis.

Please note, the new boutique space is surrounded by large windows allowing for a substantial amount of natural light. We cannot accept any product that may fade or be damaged by sun exposure. No paintings or two-dimensional art will be accepted (exceptions will be made for stationary items such as postcards and greeting cards).

How to Apply

Email a completed application form along with your CV and photos of your work to shop@beaverbrookartgallery.org. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

Click here to download the application form.

(Fredericton, New Brunswick, March 7, 2022) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces its reopening with the feature exhibition Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures presenting the art of Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), a towering figure in Canadian, Quebec, and International modern art. All are invited to visit the Gallery for free on Saturday, April 2nd from 12 to 5 PM, with an opening reception taking place at 4 PM.

After being closed for two years due to COVID-19 and various construction projects, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to present this powerful exhibition. “We’re looking forward very much to opening the doors to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery once again,” says Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director, Tom Smart. “This major travelling exhibition from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is a first for Fredericton and for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which holds several examples of the artist’s work in the permanent collection.”

Featuring over 180 paintings, drawings, prints, ceremonial objects and archival documents, Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures explores Riopelle’s interest in North American Indigenous cultures as sources and inspirations for his own art.

“This large-scale exhibition sheds light on the creative influences that nourished Riopelle’s interest in North American Indigenous communities. Following presentations in Montreal and Whistler, it is coming to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, where, to the delight of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Fredericton public will have an opportunity to discover this little-known aspect of the work of one of Canada’s greatest artists,” shares Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Chief Curator of the MMFA.

John Leroux, the Beaverbrook Manager of Collections and Exhibitions states: “We are so fortunate to be able to share these monumental works of art by a Canadian cultural icon alongside the powerful Indigenous works that inspired and expanded his breadth of view. The pairing of items alongside one another is an inspiring instance of cross-cultural development and understanding in Canadian art.” 

While construction on the Harrison McCain Pavilion continues, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be partially open to the public during its summer hours after April 2nd. Select galleries will be closed throughout the spring due to the ongoing construction project. Stay tuned for announcements on the grand opening of the Harrison McCain Pavilion.

A special members-only preview of Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures will take place on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 4:30 PM for those who have an active Beaverbrook Art Gallery membership. Limited spots are also available for members during this preview who want a tour with Curator Jacques Des Rochers, which will begin at 4:00 PM. Tickets for this members-only event can be purchased here.

Memberships can be purchased by visiting our website by clicking here.

The full list of our exhibition and programming offerings, including tours and lectures, for the month of April can be found on our website.

Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures is an exhibition developed, organized and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition was curated by guest curators Andréanne Roy and Yseult Riopelle as well as by Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945), MMFA.

Exhibition presented at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery through the generosity of Elizabeth A. and Richard J. Currie, O.C., O.N.B., C.B.H.F.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contact
Curtis Richardson
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. 605
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6
Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org
www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

(Fredericton, NB) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to announce that the campaign to raise $50,000 by September 30th to meet the J.T. Clark Family Foundation’s challenge grant was a success.

Throughout August and September the Beaverbrook has been working diligently to secure funds for the Shared Spaces campaign. In total, $61,915.00 was raised during the two month campaign, exceeding the challenge grant offered to the Beaverbrook by the J.T. Clark Family Foundation. Including the matching grant from the Foundation, the Beaverbrook now has $111,915.00 to dedicate toward Shared Spaces.

The completion of the Shared Spaces campaign was celebrated on the banks of the Wolastoq (Saint John) River with J.T. Clark Family Foundation’s Vice Chair, John Clark, Natasha Martin-Mitchell, Shared Spaces campaign committee member and Indigenous Advisor to the Beaverbrook, Brandon Mitchell, Learning Facilitator with the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, and staff members Adda Mihailescu, Manager of Public Programs, Jessica Spalding, Manager of Development and Donor Relations, and John Leroux, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions.

“We felt this was a very worthwhile campaign to be involved with. We find that giving a charity a challenge causes them to exceed their original goal, just as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has done. Congratulations to all those involved!” says John Clark, Vice Chair of the J.T. Clark Family Foundation.

“The completion of the Shared Spaces fundraising campaign marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another” says Tom Smart, the Beaverbrook’s Director and CEO. “We’ve already begun the process of stakeholder engagement with Indigenous groups in our community to learn how we can create programming that centers around the needs of Indigenous Elders, artists, and youth. This will be a comprehensive program that will involve the input from many different communities throughout New Brunswick.” says Smart.

Shared Spaces was launched to support Indigenous programming at the Beaverbrook. The funds from the Shared Spaces campaign will be focused in the following areas:

“We are excited to have partnered with some great organizations and community members as we worked to reach our goal.” says Jessica Spalding, Manager of Development and Donor Relations, “These partnerships include the J.T. Clark Family Foundation, the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, the Sheila Hugh McKay Foundation, and Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs, New Brunswick Women in Business. We also want to thank RBC for their work in planning our community BBQ, as well as all of the individuals who donated and offered their support the last two months.” says Spalding.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art

Media Contact
Curtis Richardson
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Email: crichardson@beaverbrookartgallery.org
www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

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