Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture has said that for almost 70 years, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has been one of our province’s most important institutions, connecting residents and visitors to arts in B.C., “I’m delighted that our government’s support for The Next Gallery Project will help ensure this treasure for future generations.”

The announcement took place in the lobby of the gallery, where Beare and Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, were joined by Ruth Wittenberg, president of the board of directors of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, along with other board members and community supporters of the project.

James MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill said that I know first-hand how the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria brings people together through art appreciation and education”. “Our government recognizes that investing in this project supports a flourishing arts and culture community, which contributes to the strength, vitality and diversity of our region.”

The gallery’s current facility has reached its capacity, and faces substantial infrastructure challenges. The Next Gallery Project will preserve the original location of the Spencer Mansion, and will build 1,850 square metres of new gallery space.

The addition will provide increased display space and storage for the gallery’s growing collection, allow for more education programs, and meet modern seismic and environmental standards. The new building will include a community auditorium and gathering space, a sculpture garden, cafe and gift shop.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Government of British Columbia for providing this substantial grant for The Next Gallery Project,” said Wittenberg. “This funding is a significant investment in our capital region’s arts and culture community. The new gallery will enhance our capacity to reach an even broader audience with more world-class exhibitions and public education programs, while providing an enduring legacy for British Columbians.”