AGNS Re-opens Gallery North with New Season of Exhibitions


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia re-opens Gallery North with a new Fall Season of Exhibitions

HALIFAX, NS – September 12, 2013
– Gallery North at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is to re-open this weekend with an array of new fall exhibitions after repairs to its sprinkler system and an extensive refurbishment.

There will be a free preview weekend on Saturday, September 14th 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday, September 15th 12:00noon – 5:00pm to thank the public for their patience and understanding over the summer and for visitors to get a sneak peek of the fall season before regular admission fees are re-instated on Monday, September 16th. There will also be an exhibition reception for AGNS members on Friday, September 20th at 7:00pm.

New fall exhibitions at the AGNS include:

2013 Sobey Art Award Exhibition
September 14, 2013-January 5, 2014
Sponsored by the Sobey Art Foundation; Total Transportation Solutions Inc. and
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites.

Curated by Sarah Fillmore, the Sobey Art Award exhibition features work by the five shortlisted artists vying for Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary art by artists aged 40 and under. They include: Isabelle Pauwels (West Coast and Yukon), Mark Clintberg (Prairies and the North), Duane Linklater (Ontario), Pascal Grandmaison (Quebec), Tamara Henderson (Atlantic). This is a great chance for audiences to get a taste of this country’s brightest artists and discover what’s new in Canadian art.

Magic in Her Hands: The Art of Marie Webb
September 14, 2013-January 5, 2014

Curated by Dale Sheppard, this exhibition showcases the artistic practice of Marie Webb and explores the numerous themes of her life through her use of vibrant colours and bold shapes. Born into a family of artists and art educators (daughter of Renee Forrestall and Nick Webb, and granddaughter of Tom Forrestall) visitors will come to understand that Marie’s art is influenced, but not controlled, by either her Down Syndrome or her artistic heritage.

Royal Connections: The Royal Province of Nova Scotia & the Crown
September 14, 2013-March 30, 2014

Curated by Dianne O’Neill. Starting with Henry VII, this exhibition aims to enhance the viewers’ appreciation of 500 years of Nova Scotia’s royal connections through royal portraits in the AGNS permanent collection and other prints, drawings, maps and sculpture. 

Into the Night
September 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Curated by Laura Carmichael, this exhibition explores the theme of night with artworks drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection. Artists include: Tom Forrestall, William de Garthe, Kym Greeley, April Gornik, Tom Hammick, Susanne MacLachlan, Graeme Patterson, Gyrth Russell, and Takao Tanabe.

The refreshed Ondaatje, Zwicker and Laufer Galleries in our north building will also re-open to the public featuring the Ondaatje collection, the Historic European collection and large abstract work from the Gallery’s permanent collection in an exhibition titled Chasing Light curated by Sarah Fillmore. 

Hours to November 3rd: Monday-Wednesday 10:00am - 5:00pm; Thursday 10:00am – 9:00pm (Thurs 5:00pm - 9:00pm is BMO Free Access Thursday), Friday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00pm.

School Groups: To book a free Canaccord School Tour, please call Laura Carmichael, Assistant Curator of Education at 902-424-6314,
Public Tours: Daily at 2:30 pm and Thursday 2:30 and 7:00 pm. Tours are conducted by highly trained and dedicated volunteer guides.

Public Programming: Curatorial Talk with Chief Curator of the Sobey Art Award, Sarah Fillmore: Thursday October 3 at 7:00pm; Public Artist Talk with Duane Linklater (Ontario finalist for the Sobey Art Award) in connection to his video work: Tuesday, October 8 at 6:00pm; Sobey inspired Family Sunday: Sunday October 27 1:00pm-4:00pm; Curatorial Talk with Curator Laura Carmichael on the exhibition Into the Night: Thursday November 21 at 7:00pm. For additional education and public programming events please see the event calendar on the AGNS website:

Images are available upon request.

For further information please contact: Leslie Tinkham | Director of Development | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | Phone 902-424-0073 |


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