Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Aboriginal art in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will once again be exhibited in consecrated galleries after a Mi’kmaw blessing today, Friday, Jan. 10. Galleries dedicated to works by First nations, Inuit and Metis artists have been moved to new space, reflecting a growing collection.
“Nova Scotia has worked for years to build a strong, healthy relationship with Aboriginal people,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Building and showing the province’s collection of Aboriginal art helps us accomplish our goals and helps visitors to better understand this vital relationship.”
The move brings the paintings, prints, sculptures, and fine craft to a larger and more-visited area of the art gallery’s north building, a mezzanine that rings the Zwicker Gallery. The new sightlines invite viewers to make connections between the Aboriginal work and work from the broader permanent collection. The larger space is appropriate given the significant recent growth in work by Aboriginal artists that the gallery has collected.
“Nova Scotia’s collection of Aboriginal art gives us opportunity to see through the eyes of the first peoples of this continent,” said Ray Cronin, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “This growing collection and the works exhibited in the Zwicker gallery below can now be viewed in relation to each other.”
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