By exploring community-identified needs and how the NGC can be of greater service, this initiative strives to increase the visibility and accessibility of art throughout the country’s provinces and territories.
In addition to established means of sharing the National Collection — whether it be through multiple travelling exhibitions, digital programs, or the successful Loans Program — National Outreach is aimed at developing unparalleled new collaborations, including commissions, long-term loans, and co-stewardships. Following extensive dialogue between community members and Gallery staff, opportunities are being developed to connect people with art that reflects and amplifies their own stories, voices and experiences.
National Outreach is designed to build meaningful new regional relationships, while also expanding cultural engagement from coast to coast to coast. The multi-year initiative focuses on highlighting both Canadian and international artists, and will include one large-scale commission per year.
The first three years of National Outreach have been generously funded by Canadian philanthropist Michael Nesbitt, a Distinguished Patron of the National Gallery of Canada.
Liam Gillick and A Variability Quantifier
Launched on October 3, 2022 on Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, A Variability Quantifier is an art installation incorporating an operational weather station.
Nicknamed “The Fogo Island Red Weather Station,” the work is part of the World Weather Network, an array of weather stations conceived by artists and writers around the world.
Established in 2019, the Lacey Prize recognizes the activities and impact of small organizations and artist-run spaces in Canada – in particular their contributions to emerging and experimental practices, and the role they play within their local communities.