Annual Report 2006-07: A Year of Impressive Accomplishments for the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
Ottawa - October 31, 2007
For both the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), 2006–07 was the year of the visitor, as highlighted in the annual report submitted to Parliament.
”The 2006-07 year has been one of impressive accomplishments,” noted the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Donald R. Sobey. “This year was visitor-centred throughout Gallery operations, with notable innovations in education and public programming, and increased emphasis on the experience of the visitor in the Gallery.”
“I am proud of the accomplishments of an exemplary year at the Gallery – one marked by outstanding acquisitions, ground-breaking program enhancement, and operational change – made possible through the energetic performance of Gallery management and staff, and through the invaluable support of a tireless Board of Trustees,‘‘ added the Gallery’s Director, Pierre Théberge.
HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
In 2006, the gallery added 273 historical and contemporary works of art with outstanding quality to the collection. Among the notable acquisitions are a quartet of challenging and significant works by artists with Aboriginal roots: Vancouver artist Brian Jungen’s People’s Flag; Norval Morriseau’s Artist and Shaman Between Two Worlds, an innovative work created in 1980; Shelley Niro’s video The Shirt (2003); and Carl Beam’s imposing Time Warp.
The 2006-07 year featured exhibitions to awaken the senses, challenge assumptions, and open the mind of visitors. In the summer of 2006, the audacious works of Emily Carr, a legendary Canadian artist who is known for her sense of adventure and love of wild nature, were on display in an exhibition organized in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery. In the winter, two major exhibitions were presented: Clarence Gagnon, 1881-1942: Dreaming of Landscape, produced by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and Edwin Holgate, produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The versatile work by one of Canada’s most inventive aboriginal artists, Robert Davidson, was presented in the spring of 2007. This season also included the exceptionally realistic figures by Ron Mueck, an internationally renowned and tremendously popular Australian born sculptor. Attendance at the fall and winter shows exceeded projections. The strength and popularity of the overall program throughout the year allowed the NGC to meet its revenue objectives.
Impressive Public and Educational Programming
The Gallery’s programming provided fresh ideas in 2006, bringing surprises to Gallery regulars and luring new visitors. Artsparks, the Gallery’s new evening program, offers a new way to experience the collection, special exhibitions, and the Gallery space itself. On the menu: music, dance, and hands-on art projects. As well, the school program brochure was redesigned as a 12-month, school-year calendar featuring 12 works from the Gallery’s collection. Master workshops for the mentally ill, tactile tours for the visually impaired, and workshops for families with children who have Down Syndrome were offered. These are just a few of the successful educational and public programming innovations developed in 2006–07.
CyberMuse, the Gallery’s Virtual Alter Ego
The CyberMuse Web site continues to build deeper content, with new visual, text, audio, and video material. In 2006, eight new meet-the-artist interviews, 20 new artist biographies, 1,500 new images, and 106 new audioguide stops were added to the CyberMuse content. With a total of 1,104 new items, CyberMuse has evolved into an even more diverse and comprehensive resource for contemporary and historical art.
Launched in the winter of 2007, the interactive floor plan, in the form of colour-coded links on the home page, allows users to tour the Gallery one exhibition space at a time, displays reproductions of the works hanging in each space, and offers links to information about each piece and its creator.
Artistic Outreach: Travelling Exhibitions
The Gallery operates one of the largest travelling exhibition programs in North America. A combination of Gallery-originated exhibitions (some made exclusively for travel) and exhibitions created in partnership with other institutions, high-calibre exhibitions masterworks and drawings from the Gallery’s collection, contemporary art, Inuit sculpture, and modernist photography – and including five new exhibitions in 2006 – were sent to 31 venues in Canada and abroad. In all, more than 445,000 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to experience artworks that might not otherwise have appeared in their communities. In addition, more than 800 works were loaned to other institutions.
CMCP Collection Protected from Harm
When the National Capital Commission, which owns the 1 Rideau Canal facility, undertook structural repairs in fall 2006, the NGC and the CMCP eagerly tackled the task of moving more than 161,000 photographic artworks, negatives, and transparencies from one building to another in the dead of winter, without any adverse side-effects to a single item. According to current projections on the NCC’s construction schedule, CMCP will be reopened in time to host the exhibition Imaging a Shattering Earth, which opens in May 2008.
An Essential Role: The NGC Foundation
By fostering strong partnerships and relationships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada’s visual-arts community locally, nationally, and internationally. During the 2006–07 fiscal year, the Foundation welcomed several new donors and partners, whose combined generosity, along with that of the Gallery’s loyal patrons, have allowed the Foundation to raise over $3,364,000, including the highest single donation received in its history, $2 million from the Audain Foundation.
A FEW STATISTICS
- Over 830,000 visitors have come to admire the Gallery’s exhibitions in Ottawa and across the country.
- Over 34 million visitors spent time exploring NGC and CMCP’s Web sites, including CyberMuse.
- 20 touring exhibitions were presented at 31 venues in Canada and abroad.
- 970 activities were organized for Adult Programs.
- 796 activities were organized for Family and Youth Programs.
- 207 activities were organized for Special Needs Programs.
- 34 766 audioguides were used.
The entire text of the annual report is available on the National Gallery of Canada’s Web site at Annual Report.
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada (NGC)’s mandate is to develop, maintain, and make known, throughout Canada and internationally, a collection of works of art, both historical and contemporary, and to further knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of art in general among Canadians. The Gallery is a member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio. To find out more about the NGC, visit http://www.gallery.ca/.
About the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography was established as an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada in 1985 to collect, interpret, and disseminate Canadian contemporary photography.
Note: References to ‘’The Gallery’’ or ‘’Gallery’’ designate both the NGC and the CMCP.
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