New Exhibition Celebrating Fifty Years of the NB Art Bank to Open at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Beaverbrook Art GalleryFebruary 13, 20190 Comments


New Exhibition Celebrating Fifty Years of the New Brunswick Art Bank to Open at 
the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Fredericton, New Brunswick, February 13, 2019 – A new exhibition marking a milestone anniversary of a provincial art collection will soon be on view at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The exhibition, entitled Psi-kekw keti mewi / Tout va bien aller / Everything is Gonna be Fine / Wela'sitew na, celebrates  the fiftieth anniversary of the New Brunswick Art Bank, and will officially open with a public reception on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

The exhibition is the culmination of a capacity-building partnership project initiated in early 2018, supported by the Government of New Brunswick through the department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. The province funded the hiring of three emerging curators, Emma Hassencahl-Perley, Emilie Grace Lavoie, and Erin Goodine, by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to create this special exhibition. 

The project was also an opportunity to mentor and support these curators, all of whom are practising artists, to expand their professional skills, knowledge, and experience. The curators worked with the Beaverbrook’s Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, John Leroux, as well as the staffs at partner institutions around the province.

“The New Brunswick Art Bank is truly a cultural treasure,” said Leroux. “It has been a privilege to be a part of this celebration, to mentor these three talented curators, and to explore the collection alongside them.”

Over the six months of the project, Leroux led the emerging curators in developing their capacities, and engaged them in discussions exploring the collection and their curatorial approach.

“Many of the conversations we had when researching the history and collection of Art Bank were around how we saw the province from our age demographic, and how art has been viewed in New Brunswick over the past 50 years,” said Erin Goodine. “When we were challenged with narrowing such a broad collection to only 50 or 60 artworks, we thought, ‘why don't we approach this from our own perspectives? What do the three of us see in common about New Brunswick at this specific time and place?’”

The final selection includes more than 50 works of art drawn from the New Brunswick Art Bank’s collection of art created by artists who have lived and worked in the province. Inspired by the curators’ discussions and exploration, Psi-kekw keti mewi / Tout va bien aller / Everything is Gonna be Fine / Wela'sitew na is organized into three themes: Ecosystems, Voices, and New Futures.

“Our government is very proud of this great exhibition presenting many outstanding artworks acquired by the New Brunswick Art Bank so far,” said Robert Gauvin, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. “This outstanding collection represents not only great New Brunswick artists, but part of our collective history. It belongs to us all as New Brunswickers. I am truly proud that, thanks to this extraordinary partnership and the amazing work of the three emerging curators, this collection is made even more accessible by sharing some of its gems in this unique exhibition.”

The New Brunswick Art Bank was established in 1968 as one of Canada’s first provincial art collections, and has grown over the decades through bi-annual calls for submissions from New Brunswick artists. Today, it includes 829 works of art created by 118 artists, including nationally-renowned artists like Alex Colville, Claude Roussel, Shirley Bear, Molly Lamb Bobak, Bruno Bobak, Herménégilde Chiasson, Marie-Hélène Allain, Peter Powning, and many others. 

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director/CEO Tom Smart is eager to open the Gallery’s doors to the Art Bank’s collection: “We are very pleased to present the results of this successful partnership. I invite everyone to see this exhibition, whether here at the Beaverbrook or around the province, and celebrate this tremendous milestone with us.”

Psi-kekw keti mewi / Tout va bien aller / Everything is Gonna be Fine / Wela'sitew na will run from February 16, 2019 through June 2, 2019,with a smaller version of the exhibition touring around the province following this premiere presentation at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by two publications, including a full-length exhibition catalogue created by the curators, which will be launched at the end of the exhibition’s Beaverbrook presentation. A free tour and talk with the emerging curators will take place on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 pm; all are welcome to attend this presentation. 

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Gallery hours: From October 8, 2018 to May 26, 2019, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. Holiday hours and exceptions may apply.

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