Halifax – March 25, 2014 -- Visitors to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia this weekend will enjoy a surprise thanks to a generous gift from Scotiabank: free admission.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is welcoming people in to refresh their spirits after a long, stormy winter. The Scotiabank Free Family Weekend is a celebration to remind Nova Scotians to visit the Gallery to see their art collection. The Gallery was closed last summer for repairs and renovations. Work on the interior is complete, and the courtyard work is expected to be completed this spring.
The free weekend is an opportunity to see the amazing artists on view and to enjoy the collection we hold in trust for all Nova Scotians.
Two outstanding exhibitions now on view are Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel and Jason de Haan: Noghwhere Bodili is Everywhere Goostly. These young artists have both been nominated for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary art. Their explorations of relationships and time and memory have inspired hundreds of visitors to the gallery this winter.
Maud Lewis’s Painted House is always on view in the Scotiabank Maud Lewis Gallery, inspiring thousands from around the world. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia was recognized this year by the Nova Scotia Heritage Trust for their work to conserve the house.
This is the last weekend to see Royal Connections: The Royal Province of Nova Scotia and the Crown, an exhibition of historic prints and other works the reflect Nova Scotia’s relationship with the monarchy for the last 500 years. This exhibition has also attracted many visitors, including members of the British Consulate when they visited Halifax earlier this month.
Visitors can also enjoy exhibitions of abstract and historical paintings from the Permanent Collection.
Admission to the Gallery is free during on Saturday and Sunday, and the Gallery is open both days between noon and 5 p.m. Each day, an experienced guide conducts a tour at 2:30 p.m. The Gallery Shop is joining the celebration with 10 % off all items for the weekend.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the gallery houses the province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca