National Gallery Launches New Education Programs On Family Funday Sunday 26 September 1999
Ottawa, Canada - September 23, 1999
« Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada inaugure de nouveaux programmes éducatifs lors de la fête familiale du dimanche 26 septembre 1999 »
On Sunday 26 September, the National Gallery invites you to experience two new education programs that enhance the Gallery's superb permanent collection: an audioguide to the European Collection, and a series of self-guided walking tours.
Five walking tours explore some of the fascinating themes to be found in the permanent collection. Dab, Daub, Stroke, Drip explores the rich visual effects of paint textures and colours; Interactive Sculpture features a work in the Canadian collection that viewers are invited to touch, move, and change; Women Artists: An Historical Tour acknowledges the work of women artists, and examines some of the barriers that prevented them from becoming better known;
Self-Portraits by Artists and Portraits of Artists, examines the notion of the artist as subject and model; and Spatial Treasures, explores the architectural delights and highlights of the National Gallery.
"The National Gallery is strongly committed to developing new educational programs designed to enhance the Gallery experience for all visitors," said Pierre Théberge, Director, National Gallery of Canada. "We hope these education tools will play an important role in ensuring that a visit to the Gallery is a memorable one."
The new European Collection audioguide features some 200 works from the Gallery's superb collection. Explore portraiture, Impressionism, landscape, sculpture, and more in such masterpieces as Portrait of a Man With a Felt Hat (1541?), by Lorenzo Lotto, Lot and His Daughters (c. 1621 24), by Orazio Gentileschi, Mercury and Argus (before 1836), by J.M.W. Turner, Portrait of Meyer de Haan (c. 1889 90), by Paul Gauguin, and Waterloo Bridge: the Sun in a Fog (1903), by Claude Monet. Narrations feature the voices of Gallery Director Pierre Théberge, as well as CBC radio personalities Robert Clipperton and Karen Flanagan McCarthy.
A special feature of the European tour is the inclusion of readings by Canadian poets, who have been inspired by various works in the permanent collection. These include Stephanie Bolster, winner of the 1998 Governor General's award for poetry, Diana Brebner, John Brook, Elizabeth Gourlay, Seymour Mayne, Colin Morton, Heather Pyrcz, Douglas Burnet Smith, George Whipple, and Michelle Winegar.
"We are dedicated to the optimization of the visitor experience," says Karen Spierkel, Director, Public Affairs." These tools give visitors an exciting new way of exploring the collection."
Audioguides for both the Canadian and European collections as well as the thematic walking tours will be available at the Great Hall Information Desk beginning Sunday 26 September. While there is no fee for these new services, donations are welcome. On Sunday, we also present another in our series of popular Family Fundays featuring the Artissimo cart in the Great Hall. The theme of the day is Now You See It, Now You Don't! From noon to 4 pm, discover how today's artists use different types of patterns over images to change how we look at people and objects. Families can then return to Artissimo and create their own patterned pictures through weaving and collage. The Family Fun Days of the National Gallery of Canada have been made possible thanks to the generous support of The Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation.
Director, Public Affairs
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Karen Lisa Oxorn
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