Today, The Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates a major milestone toward the realization of a transformational new building. Today, The Vancouver Art Gallery Receives $40 Million Private Donation, a lead gift from the Chan Family. This unprecedented act of generosity brings the Gallery’s capital campaign to $85 million in private sector funding toward the new purpose-built facility. In recognition of this extraordinary gift, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building will be named Chan Centre for the Visual Arts.
“This is a historic time for the Vancouver Art Gallery in its 88th year! We are all inspired by the Chan Family’s extraordinary generosity, and their philanthropic passion for enriching our community,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, Director. “With this unprecedented gift to the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Chans are demonstrating a profound investment in the future of this city and country, and one that will impact many generations to come.”
“We are also extremely grateful for the incredible generosity of the Board of Trustees and the many significant donors from across the community for helping us reach this milestone as we continue to work towards the new Vancouver Art Gallery Building,” added Bartels.
The gift from the Chan Family—the largest-ever single private donation to an arts and culture organization in British Columbia—builds on the Family’s long-standing history of supporting education as well as arts and culture institutions and programs with the aim of enriching communities in Canada and beyond.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is also thrilled to unveil the final designs for the new 300,000-square-foot building by world-renowned, Swiss-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.
“The project for the new Vancouver Art Gallery building has a civic dimension that can contribute to the life and identity of the city, in which many artists of international reputation live and work. The building now combines two materials, wood and glass, both inseparable from the history and making of this place. We developed a façade out of glass logs which is pure, soft, light, establishing a unique relation to covered wooden terraces all around the building,” said Christine Binswanger, Partner in Charge, Herzog & de Meuron.
The new Vancouver Art Gallery will fundamentally change the ability to touch the lives of individuals through the insightful power of art.
· The new Gallery building with its community spaces, 350-seat theatre, free-access galleries, complementary admission programs, and publicly accessible Resource Centre Library and archives will be a creative and cultural hub, serving as an inspiring gathering place for the entire community.
· Enhance Vancouver’s internal reputation as a major contemporary art centre Serve as an economic stimulator by creating new employment opportunities and promoting cultural tourism.
· The Gallery will provide a welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike to embrace and share creativity, and to explore and celebrate different ideas and cultures, positively impacting countless lives for generations to come.
· The new building will allow for a major expansion of the Gallery’s education programs with dedicated spaces affording the ability to reach nearly 90,000 children and youth per year, not just in Metro Vancouver, but potentially across the province as well.
· The new building will provide the opportunity to dramatically increase the size and scope of the Gallery’s exhibitions including approximately 25 Permanent Collection Galleries, and dedicated spaces to help tell British Columbia’s artistic story to the world with Indigenous art, works by Emily Carr, as well as hundreds of other favourite pieces from the Gallery’s collection.
· As a major tourism destination, employer, and economic driver, the new Gallery building will provide wide-ranging benefits across the entire economy.
· The new building will allow us to extend our commitment to artists and the thriving contemporary art community in British Columbia. It will provide a global platform for this community, heightening this city’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost destinations for arts and culture.
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