Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada will consult with the photographic artists community on the future of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

Ottawa - April 8, 2009

The Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada has instructed the Museum staff to undertake a consultation with the photographic community across Canada on the long-term future of its affiliate the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

The Board approved in March 2009 the permanent move of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) to the main Gallery facility situated at 380 Sussex Drive from its leased facility at 1 Rideau Canal. 

“The Gallery decided that the CMCP should not return to its sub-grade leased space for environmental reasons” said NGC Director, Marc Mayer.  “Following numerous delays in the renovation project, the Gallery’s management felt that the facility could no longer ensure the adequate protection of the CMCP’s important collections from water damage.   Understanding the needs of the public and of the artistic community is very important to us.  Therefore, we will undertake a consultation process to help determine the best way forward," he concluded.

In the meantime, the CMCP staff, collections and program will remain comfortably housed at the National Gallery of Canada. 

About the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
The collection, which comprises over 17,700 photographic works and 144,000 negatives and transparencies, has been developed through purchases, assignments and donations of the best documentary and art photography by Canadian photographers.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has outstanding collections of Inuit, European, American and Asian art, as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible to all Canadians, the NGC has one of the largest touring art exhibition programs in North America.

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For more information, please contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada

Claire Schofield
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
National Gallery of Canada