Vancouver Art Gallery receives historic donation of $ 100 million from the Audain Foundation to support new vision and new building


VANCOUVER, BC, November 4, 2021 / CNW / – Today, the Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to announce that it will receive an award $ 100 million transformational donation from the Audain Foundation, to support the creation of a new building in the city center Vancouver. This donation comes at a time when the Vancouver Art Gallery is celebrating its 90e birthday. This is the largest cash donation to an art gallery in Canadian history.

Render of the exterior of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building © Herzog & de Meuron (CNW Group / Vancouver Art Gallery)

Michel Audain, President of the Audain Foundation, declares: “An important art has been created on this coast for thousands of years, whereas today that of Vancouver visual artists are recognized for their achievements around the world. Yoshi and I are happy to help build a new art gallery in Vancouver because we love British Columbia and our artists. We hope that the splendid new building will function well for exhibiting the work of our main artists as well as introducing young people to the wonders of art. Vancouver has been good for our family, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to join the City of Vancouver, the Government of British Columbia, the Chan family and many other generous donors to make this important project a reality. “

The new Vancouver Art Gallery at Chan Center for the Visual Arts will be a multi-functional art center and community space – a revitalized project that embraces change. The new Gallery will provide increased space that will support the region’s artists and cultural sector in British Columbia. The project is expected to create around 3,000 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs in the tourism sector.

The building is designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron with Vancouver architects Perkins & Will, in consultation with Coast Salish artists. This consultation is reflected in the design of the building and its use of sustainable practices. The new gallery will be the first Passive House art gallery in North America, a voluntary energy efficiency standard that considerably reduces the building’s ecological footprint. With this new installation, the Vancouver Art Gallery demonstrates its commitment to environmental sustainability and proudly recognizes its location on the ancestral and unceded territories of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

“The new Vancouver Art Gallery – in design and design – will reflect a Coast Salish worldview,” said Skwetsimeltxw Willard “Buddy” Joseph, Vancouver Art Gallery Elder-in-Residence and art and design consultant. The design of the facade was developed during a series of collaborative workshops between the architectural team, the Gallery and the artists representing the three host nations. Local Indigenous artists Debra Sparrow, Chepximiya Siyam ‘ Janice george, Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph, and Angela Georges have been engaged as art and design consultants on the project since March 2021. “Rich exterior expression is more than a design; it represents spiritual energy and protection, ”says Joseph.

“We are very grateful for this donation from the Audain Foundation which brings us considerably closer to our goal”, declares Anthony Kiendl, CEO and Director of Vancouver Art Gallery. “Our goal is to raise an additional amount $ 160 million from the private and public sectors – and we hope this historic donation will encourage others in our community and across the country to support our vision. With the generosity of our donors, the creativity of artists and the support of our communities, we are transforming the art gallery to transform the world, ”says Kiendl who joined the Gallery a year ago. “This project will provide learning and inspiration opportunities for millions of Gallery visitors. Art galleries promote society’s problem-solving ability by engaging visitors’ ability to think creatively and see the world in different ways. We strengthen the capacities of future generations to be resilient, creative and healthy. “

“History was written in British Columbia today with that of Michel Audain generous donation. This is an incredible milestone not only for the gallery, but also for the art community, ”said Melanie Marc, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports. “Our government will continue to work with the Vancouver Art Gallery and other partners on this exciting new chapter to reinvent this heritage project.

“The astonishing Audain Foundation $ 100 million gift is a testament to the transformation that a new Vancouver art gallery can be for art in Canada,” noted Kennedy stewart, Mayor of Vancouver. “Artists and art lovers around the world are now aware of that of Vancouver future place as a global destination for exhibitions that inspire, challenge and delight. “

The donation from the Audain Foundation follows a visionary donation from $ 40 million by the Chan Family Foundation to establish the Chan Center for the Visual Arts, and an initial investment of $ 50 million by the province of British Columbia. The from the city of Vancouver commitment to designate a city-owned site is assessed at over $ 100 million. Besides, $ 50 million has been pledged to date by individual donors and foundations.

The Vancouver Art Gallery at Chan Center for the Visual Arts will be located between Cambie Street and Beatty Street, with a main entrance on Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. It will include more than 80,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than double the existing space. In addition, there will be a visible art warehouse, a theater, a library and a research center, artist studios, accommodation for guest artists, as well as a kindergarten and a visual arts daycare, located around a 40,000 square foot yard. The building will also house the Asian Arts Institute, a new art and communication center, and a multi-purpose Indigenous community house.

About the Vancouver Art Gallery

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America most innovative visual arts institutions. The Museum’s innovative exhibitions, extensive public programs, and emphasis on advancing studies all focus on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and all over the world. Special attention is paid to the achievements of Indigenous artists, as well as those of Asia Pacific region — through the Institute of Asian Art founded in 2014. The Gallery’s exhibitions also explore the impact of images in the broader sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a non-profit charitable organization supported by its members, individual donors, fundraising companies, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is located on the ancestral and unceded territories of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and the Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and respects the Indigenous stewards of the land it occupies, whose rich cultures are fundamental to artistic life in Vancouver and the work of the Gallery.

About the Audain Foundation

The Audain Foundation is a visual arts funding organization founded by Michel Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. Michel Audain, president of Polygon Homes Ltd. is an ardent Vancouver Art collector. The Audain Foundation has a long history of supporting the visual arts in public galleries and universities through Canada, including the construction of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, British Columbia. Michel Audain is also president of the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation with offices in Montreal and Vancouver.
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