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Tom Thomson: North Star Exhibition to travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery this November

April 10, 2024

(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

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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