Pavilion Opening Weekend Recap
Beaverbrook Art GalleryOctober 30, 20170 Comments
The October 14-15 weekend was a big moment for the Gallery, to say the least. With the opening of the new pavilion, some 14,000 sq. feet were added to the available space in the form of an artist-in-residence studio, gallery spaces, public access spaces, and of course the new cafe. Over the weekend of October 14-15, we welcomed almost 3,500 people to celebrate this occasion, and what a celebration it was! Check out some of the pictures below to see what went on.
Don’t worry: if you weren’t able to make it out for the opening weekend, we’re not going anywhere! The Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday for you to come and enjoy, and a new series of art talks are happening every week through November.
The weekend kicked off with an official reception in the afternoon, hosted at both the Legislative Assembly and the new pavilion. Guests were treated to a first look at the finished and art-filled pavilion spaces, and a thank you reception where we debuted a brand-new video produced by Hemmings House.
Party at the Pavilion
Then, in the evening, the party really started. Hundreds of guests joined us for an evening of music, refreshments, and art! The Thomists entertained in big band style, while guests danced the evening away. Ticket holders were also treated to a special performance by Canadian songstress Holly Cole, who performed to Allen Cole’s piano accompaniment. In the newly named International Wing, guests saw the return of some of our beloved Masterworks, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks – talk about culinary arts!
The evening also featured some of the talented artists of the region, who were set up in the new RBC Learning Centre to capture portraits of the attendees.
On Sunday the 15th, we threw open the doors to everyone for the public pavilion opening! The day was packed full of activities, artist workshops, performances, and of course, art in new exhibition spaces.
Guests were thrilled with the performances of the Muskrat Singers and a group of first nations elders, singers, and dancers, from the Wolastoq region.
Throughout the whole afternoon visitors were able to explore and take in the artworks in both the existing building and the new pavilion.
The whole weekend was an historic event, and one that won’t soon be forgotten. We want to thank our sponsors and funders for making it possible, and all the volunteers, staff, artists, and community members, for coming out to participate in the official opening of the Pavilion!
The fun isn’t over though: the Gallery has ongoing regular programming for all ages, as well as a new lecture series happening into November (see this page or call 458-2028 for more information). We look forward to seeing you on the next visit to your Bigger Better Beaverbrook!