Opening of the new Art Gallery of Alberta announced for January
It has been announced that the much anticipated public opening of the new Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), which has garnered the attention of local, national and international media, will take place at the end of January 2010.
The new Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), built with the support of private donors and all three orders of government, will be an 85,000 square foot iconic building showcasing regional, national and international exhibitions. The gallery itself will be a work of art that will complement and complete the cultural precinct surrounding Sir Churchill Square and solidify Alberta’s Capital as a world-class city.
The new AGA will be a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada in the 21st century, expressing the creative spirit of Alberta and serving as a gathering place for the community.
The gallery will feature:
· Significant increases in the exhibition spaces
· Dedicated gallery space for the AGA permanent collection of over 6,000 works of art
· Expanded Education Centre
· Restaurant, gallery shop, and 150 seat theatre
In October 2005, following an intense international architectural competition, Los Angeles-based Randall Stout Architects, Inc were selected to lead the redesign of the new Art Gallery of Alberta. Regarded as a visionary whose evocative design aesthetic consistently challenges architectural conventions, Stout creates environments that capture the unique composition of their natural surroundings, while transforming light, shadow, form, and materials into dynamic architecture. His design for the new AGA is inspired by duality of Edmonton’s urban grid against the curvilinear shapes of the North Saskatchewan River and the prairie sky’s aurora borealis.
For more information on the new building or our current programming please visit www.artgalleryalberta.com