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NEXT Gallery
Uses: commercial, civic
Address: 1040 Moss Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Urban core
Storeys: 4
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#341 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 05:26 AM

Chris Lawless, president of the gallery’s board of directors, said it’s still just an idea, but they see potential in the area as a new home for the art gallery, particularly because of the vision for the area as an arts and innovation district.

“The city is very favourable to this arts and innovation district thing, so having that sort of, let’s say moral support is really encouraging for the gallery,” he said.

The gallery is also considering expanding its current Moss Street location, which would require closing for about 20 months for renovations. Avoiding a long-term closure is one benefit to moving locations, Lawless said.

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#342 Barrrister

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 06:46 AM

Moving it downtown as part of the new development is a brilliant idea. Perhaps turn over the old gallery to the historical society which can focus on the history of the city and be located in historical Rockland. This is a win for the developer, the city and especially the art gallery,

 

Lets see how the idiots at city hall and the ones running the gallery manage to screw this up.


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#343 Mike K.

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 06:58 AM

It was certainly looking like the plan as envisioned for the NEXT gallery wasn't going to come to fruition.  This is from August of 2019: https://victoria.cit...rt-pushed-back/

 

The provincial government has given $6 million towards the project, while private donors have contributed at least $5 million, leaving the budget significantly short of its funding goal of $30 million (43% higher than the budget identified in 2018 on the AGGV's website) which has forced the postponement of construction. The federal government has identified upwards of $10 million in funding, although no monies have been committed at this time.

 

 

Two years on, the $30 million budget is likely another 10-15% higher, at least. At some point you enter into a scenario where you're chasing inflation and what was once a $20 million endeavour is now on its way to $40 million.


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#344 Nparker

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 07:02 AM

The AGGV will never reach its potential in its current location. It needs to have much greater visibility and the Capital Iron proposal allows for that.


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#345 Greg

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 07:54 AM

That whole development looks nice to me. The Capital Iron area needs to be better connected to downtown. And the AGGV clearly needs to be downtown, I expect it would see twice as many annual visits in this location.



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Posted 27 August 2021 - 08:39 AM

That whole development looks nice to me. The Capital Iron area needs to be better connected to downtown. And the AGGV clearly needs to be downtown, I expect it would see twice as many annual visits in this location.

 

it has painfully low numbers now (~1000/week).  i would think 5x more downtown.


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#347 Spy Black

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 10:12 AM

it has painfully low numbers now (~1000/week).  i would think 5x more downtown.

Agreed ... at least five time more visits.

 

The thing about the current location is (as we are all aware) the fact that it displays only a tiny portion of the 20,000+ items in the collection. 

 

Were even 50% of those 20,000 items be on permanent display, it would position the AGGV in the top 3 galleries in the Pacific Northwest, as well as in the top 10 in Canada.

Were 80% of the collection to be on permanent display ... well, suddenly you've got a major player (especially if there is an impressive, dedicated Emily Carr gallery which features the majority of the AGGV's Carr collection on permanent display).

 

To put it into perspective, the current few hundred items on display at any given point in time at the AGGV represent less than 5% of the complete collection.


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Posted 30 August 2021 - 07:53 PM

Agreed ... at least five time more visits.

 

The thing about the current location is (as we are all aware) the fact that it displays only a tiny portion of the 20,000+ items in the collection. 

 

Were even 50% of those 20,000 items be on permanent display, it would position the AGGV in the top 3 galleries in the Pacific Northwest, as well as in the top 10 in Canada.

Were 80% of the collection to be on permanent display ... well, suddenly you've got a major player (especially if there is an impressive, dedicated Emily Carr gallery which features the majority of the AGGV's Carr collection on permanent display).

 

To put it into perspective, the current few hundred items on display at any given point in time at the AGGV represent less than 5% of the complete collection.

 

Usually 90% of what an Art Gallery holds isn't worth displaying! Build it and they will come, how many times have we heard that before. Only seems to be the case with Government money though.



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Posted 31 August 2021 - 06:07 AM

Art galleries, libraries, and theatres are the three physical cornerstones of any cities demonstration of its support for the arts.

None of those three institutions are capitalist endeavours designed to make anybody wealthy ... rather they're seen as a benefit to the residents who will access them, and further seen as an indicator of a relatively high quality of life through that access.

 

Victoria being a Provincial Capital, and with a gallery that has some incredibly impressive holdings (but no room to display them), it's almost a no-brainer to build a new, accessible gallery in the downtown core.


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#350 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 31 August 2021 - 06:14 AM

Art galleries, libraries, and theatres are the three physical cornerstones of any cities demonstration of its support for the arts.

 

None of those three institutions are capitalist endeavours designed to make anybody wealthy ... rather they're seen as a benefit to the residents who will access them, and further seen as an indicator of a relatively high quality of life through that access.

 

Victoria being a Provincial Capital, and with a gallery that has some incredibly impressive holdings (but no room to display them), it's almost a no-brainer to build a new, accessible gallery in the downtown core.

 

i agree.  

 

i also want more things for people to DO when they are here so they stay longer.  we've got food and beverage covered - but so do most cities.  we need other filler.


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#351 Mike K.

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Posted 31 August 2021 - 06:17 AM

A gallery at the north bookend of downtown is going to be the bridge to developing the southern portion of Burnside. But the City is so far adamant that it wants industrial and commercial uses to dominate there, with residential as a secondary usage.

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 06:51 PM

As part of a planned September 25th ceremony, TCAC and Aragon will celebrate the opening of Gallery Splash in a community flex space adjacent to Greater Victoria Public Library’s (GVPL) new Esquimalt branch slated for opening later this fall. Featuring artist works from around the community, Gallery Splash will hold hours in tandem with the library, and enable creators from all walks of life and a wide spectrum of genres to display their art for public viewing and sale.

 
Gallery Splash will launch as a four month pilot initiative, with the potential for an extension into 2022 and beyond. Support for the space has also come from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) which is helping guide the TCAC with setting up their operation.
 
“The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria through the generous help of Karen Cooper is providing assistance to the TCAC, for free, and we hope to host the AGGV within our Gallery Splash space,” Tomlinson said, adding that the AGGV has assisted TCAC with selecting the appropriate hanging system for its art displays.

 

 

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