Full Steam Ahead: Beaverbrook Campaign Builds Momentum!

July 01, 2015

On May 20th the Beaverbrook Art Gallery officially announced a major expansion project; one that not only includes additional state-of-the-art exhibition galleries and public engagement spaces, but also increased financial support for programming, and increased endowment funds for operations.

Designed by the award-winning firm of Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited of Halifax, the expansion is a new pavilion that will be attached to the east side of the existing building, and is projected to add 14,000 square feet of space spread over three levels. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2015 and will take an estimated two years to complete.

At the event the Beaverbrook art Gallery gratefully acknowledged and thanked all levels of government for their support of this important project; the lead donors for their leadership and generosity; and many others who have made valued contributions. The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund is contributing $1.5M to the project; while the Province of New Brunswick, through the regional Development Corporation (RDC), has committed $5M in matching funds for the Gallery’s growing endowment; and the City of Fredericton is providing $500,000.

Lead gifts from private donors include $3.5M from Jim, Arthur and John Irving and their families for the establishment of the Harriet Irving Gallery; over $2M from Elizabeth A. and Richard J. Currie, OC, for the Elizabeth A. Currie Gallery on the Green; $2M from an anonymous donor for the River Gallery; and $1.120M from the Harrison McCain foundation, McCain foundation and McCain family members for the re-launch and continuation of the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art.