Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the provincial art gallery of Nova Scotia. It is located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a branch gallery in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia by George Lang
Location1723 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1V9
TypeArt museum
Visitors45,455 (2017)[1]
DirectorNancy Noble
WebsiteArt Gallery of Nova Scotia


The gallery was founded in 1908 as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts. It was renamed in 1975 as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 1988, the gallery moved to the historic Dominion Building, built in 1865, designed by architects David Stirling and William Hay. The gallery expanded in 1998 to include several floors of the Provincial Building located just to the south of Dominion Building.[2] The two structures are separated by Ondaatje Court, a public space that besides being used for temporary exhibitions, contains several large permanent sculptures. Underneath the courtyard is a large underground exhibition room which connects the two buildings.


The gallery has over 17,000 works of art in its varied collection, ranging from classical portraits to Nova Scotian folk art to Inuit stone carvings.[3]

In June 2013, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia acquired a collection of works by photographer Annie Leibovitz, including an iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The collection was given to the gallery by the Al and Faye Mintz family of Toronto.[4]

Selected works


Joshua Reynolds, George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, unknown


Joshua Reynolds, Edward Cornwallis, 1756

Andrew Belcher (1761-1841), 1808 by Robert Field

Robert Field, Andrew Belcher, 1808

Edward Mortimer (c.1768-1819)

Robert Field, Edward Mortimer, 1815

Frederick B. Nichols - Excelsior (late Chicago) Mill, Goldenville, 1871.Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Frederick B. Nichols, Excelsior (late Chicago) Mill, Goldenville, 1871

See also


  1. ^ "Performance Scorecard 2016-2017" (PDF). Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Annual Accountability Report for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 2017. p. 10. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ "About Us - History" Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Website Archived January 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Collection". Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  4. ^ "Annie Leibovitz photo collection donated to Halifax gallery". CBC News. June 6, 2013. Retrieved 2017-10-20.

External links

Coordinates: 44°38′52.83″N 63°34′21.54″W / 44.6480083°N 63.5726500°W

Ann James (artist)

Ann James (1925 – 2011) was an English-born Canadian artist and educator.

She was born in Hove, East Sussex and studied at the Brighton School of Art. She came to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1946 and pursued further studies in art at the University of Saskatchewan, studying there with Arthur McKay, Kenneth Lochhead and Jack Sures. James also attended the Emma Lake Artist's Workshops. She moved to London in 1976. She led workshops and gave lectures and demonstrations in both Canada and the United Kingdom, including sculpture and ceramics courses at the Chelsea College of Arts. James died in London in 2011.James' work was exhibited at Expo '70 in Osaka. at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Burlington Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Her art is included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Tokyo Imperial Palace and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina.

Forshaw Day

Forshaw Day (1831 – 1903) was a Canadian artist known for his landscapes.

Frances Bannerman

Frances Bannerman (née Jones) (1855 – 1944) was a Canadian painter and poet. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855. She was the youngest daughter of Lt. Governor Alfred G. Jones and Margaret Wiseman Stairs. She grew up in what is now the Waegwoltic Club. She produced watercolours, oils, and black and white illustrations. In 1886, at age 31, she married Hamlet Bannerman, a London painter, in Halifax and that year they moved to Great Marlowe, England. Her best-known poem is "An Upper Chamber", which is included in the Oxford Book of English Verse.

Bannerman is one of the first North American artists to be influenced by Impressionism. In 1882, she was the first woman to be elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy, and only the second woman to be a member of that academy (the first being Academician Charlotte Schreiber). In 1883, she participated in the Paris Salon. One of the works she submitted, Le Jardin d'hiver (The Conservatory), "is the first Canadian subject ever to be shown in that venue." She moved to Italy in 1901, and stayed there until the Second World War forced her to leave. She returned to Torquay, England, where she died in 1944.

George Lang (builder)

George Lang (Laing) (1821 – July 2, 1881) was a stone sculptor, stonemason and builder. He was born in Roxburghshire (now part of Borders), Scotland and died at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. In 1858 Lang moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he successfully tendered on principal government and commercial contracts. These works made him one of the leading Halifax builders of the Victorian era.

Henry Orenstein (painter)

Henry Orenstein (1918–2008) was a Canadian artist, animator, activist, teacher, soldier and pacifist. He was best known for his contributions to the art world with his works specializing in easel paintings and murals. His work is displayed in private and public collections across Canada, most notably in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Art Gallery of Sudbury.

Janice Wright-Cheney

Janice Wright Cheney is a Canadian visual artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Wright Cheney studied visual arts at Mount Allison University (1983) and Critical Studies in Education at the University of New Brunswick (2003). She teaches at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.Her textile art considers "themes pertaining to natural history and domestic labour". For example, one of her exhibits, Cellar at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, featured "hundreds of rats created from recycled vintage fur coats". Trespass, featured at the New Brunswick Museum, comprised individual animals and insects such as coyotes, fleas, and a giant squid, all incorporated into other exhibits throughout the museum. Disorderly Creatures at Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario "transfigured insects from signs of shabby housekeeping into objects of beauty and power" by embroidering insects onto linens. Wright Cheney was one of the artists included in the 2012 "Oh, Canada" exhibit of contemporary Canadian art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art: her contribution was a "giant, rose-encrusted grizzly bear".Wright Cheney won the Strathbutler Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2004 and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2010. Her artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the New Brunswick Museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and the Canadian government's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

Jeffrey Spalding

Jeffrey Spalding (Canadian, born in Scotland, 1951) is an artist, curator, author, and educator from Canada. For more than forty years, Spalding has taught at various education institutions and been actively involved as a museum professional. Over the course of his career he has worked as a curator and director at various visual arts institutions including the University of Lethbridge, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Glenbow Museum, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Between 1999 and 2002 Spalding served as the director of the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida. From 2014 to 2017, he was the Chief Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

In addition to his work as an educator and museum professional, Jeffrey Spalding has also led a successful career as a painter and printmaker. His work can be found in major collections in Canada and around the world including the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Glenbow Museum, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. His work is also in the collections of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as the Canadian Consulate in Sydney, Australia.

John Greer (sculptor)

John Greer is a Canadian sculptor.

Kym Greeley

Kym Greeley (born 1973, Topsail, NL) is a painter based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, known primarily for her screen-printed paintings of the province's landscape and roads. In 2011, she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award, one of Canada's most prestigious contemporary art awards.

MacCallum Grant

MacCallum Grant (May 17, 1845 – February 23, 1928) was a Canadian businessman and the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Born at Loyal Hill (in the area of Summerville) in Hants County, Nova Scotia, the son of John Nutting and Margaret (MacCallum) Grant, Grant was educated in Newport, Nova Scotia. He commenced his business career with S. A. White & Co, in 1873. He was a member of the firm Black Bros. Co. from 1875 to 1893. He then formed the firm Grant, Oxley & Company. Grant, Oxley & Company merged with Alfred J. Bell & Co. Ltd. in 1964 and still operates today under the name of Bell & Grant Insurance.

In 1899 he was appointed as Imperial Consul of Germany in Halifax. From 1916 to 1925, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. He was Lieutenant Governor (Canada) at the time of the Halifax Explosion. During the 1919 visit to Nova Scotia by Edward VIII as Prince of Wales, Grant hosted the royal party at Government House (Nova Scotia).

He married Laura MacNeill Parker (a daughter of Daniel McNeill Parker) in 1887. They had five children:

Eric MacNeill Grant - born 1889;

Captain Dr. Gerald Wallace Grant, MC, MB, CH - born 1890;

Margaret Frances MacNeill Grant - born 1893 (later Mrs. Arthur William La Touche Bisset);

Captain(N) John Moreau Grant, CBE - born 1895;

Major Grainger Stewart Grant, MC - born 1897;

Vice Admiral Harold Taylor Wood Grant - born 1899;He received honorary degrees from Acadia University (LL.D.) in 1919 and from the University of King's College (D.C.L.) in 1921.

A portrait of the Honourable MacCallum Grant by Henry Harris Brown was donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2006 by Grant's granddaughter, Margaret H. Grant. The portrait was unveiled by the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Myra Freeman. The portrait is on loan to Government House (Nova Scotia) and can be viewed there in the ballroom.

He died in Halifax in 1928.

Marguerite Porter Zwicker

Mary Marguerite Porter Zwicker (née Porter, 1904–1993) was a Canadian artist and art promoter from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Known for her watercolor paintings of landscapes and villages in Nova Scotia, Zwicker exhibited her work at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Montreal Art Association, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Together with her husband, Leroy Zwicker, she owned and operated Zwicker's Gallery; for most of the 20th century, Zwicker's Gallery was the only Halifax gallery that routinely held art exhibits open to the public. It still operates.

Marshalltown, Nova Scotia

Marshalltown is a rural community located just west of Digby, on Digby Neck, an isthmus of Nova Scotia, Canada, between the Bay of Fundy and Saint Mary's Bay. There was once an almshouse and poor farm. Marshalltown was the birthplace of Samuel Edison, father of Thomas Edison (1847-1931), and it was also the home of folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) from 1938 until her death. Her small decorated house is preserved at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax while a steel memorial sculpture inspired by the house has been erected at the original site in Marshalltown. A replica of the house and interior is located a few kilometres north of Marshalltown on the road to Digby Neck.

Maud Lewis

Maud Kathleen Lewis (née Dowley; March 7, 1903 – July 30, 1970) was a Canadian folk artist from Nova Scotia. Living in poverty with her husband in a small house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, most of her life, she achieved national recognition in 1964 and 1965. Several books, plays and films have since been produced about her. Lewis remains one of Canada's best-known folk artists. Her works and the restored Maud Lewis House are displayed in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Nancy Edell

Nancy Edell (November 12, 1942 – June 9, 2005) was an American-born Canadian artist, best known for her rug hooking practice that pushed the boundaries between art and craft. Her practice also included animated film, woodcut, monotypes and drawing which often expressed surrealist themes. Edell believed an artist’s work should be an expression of their own personal experience. Her work was rooted in feminism and drew inspiration from her dreams, religion and politics. Her work is recognized for its dream like qualities, art historical references, sensuality, unabashed sexuality, narrative and subversive wit.

Ned Pratt

Ned (Edwyn) Pratt (born 1964) is a Canadian photographer based in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Pratt grew up in the community of St. Catherine's in St. Mary's Bay, Newfoundland. In 1986 he graduated with a BA in Art History from Acadia University then moved on to the University of British Columbia to study architecture. He returned to eastern Canada and earned a BFA in Photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.Upon graduation, Pratt worked as a freelance photo editor for the Sunday Express, a newspaper published in Newfoundland from 1989-1991. In subsequent years his work appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic and the Financial Post.Pratt's photographs are in various private, public and corporate collections including the Ford Motor Company of Canada's Photographic Collection at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Department of External Affairs in Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and The Rooms.Pratt is the son of painters Christopher Pratt and Mary West.

Provincial museums of Canada

Provincial museums of Canada are museums maintained by the provinces of Canada to preserve their local history and culture. However, the collections of some museums extend beyond its provincial boundaries, showcasing historical and natural works from around the world. Provincial museums are the equivalent to national museums, operated by the provincial governments of Canada. In the mostly French-speaking province of Quebec, the provincial government uses the term "national" to refer to provincial museums.

Many provinces have separate facilities for human and natural history museums, art galleries, and archives. However, in the case of Newfoundland and Labrador, all these functions are housed in one complex, The Rooms, in St. John's

Ray Cronin

Ray Cronin (born 1964) is a Canadian artist, writer and contemporary art curator and has been Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia since June 2008. Prior to his appointment, Cronin was the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Senior Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art. In addition to these duties, Cronin was curator of the first five Sobey Art Award exhibitions.

Sarah Jackson (artist)

Sarah Jeanette Jackson, née Sherman (Detroit, November 13, 1924 – Halifax, May 18, 2004) was a Canadian artist, who first became known for her sculptures and drawings and then became one of the pioneers of 20th century digital art.

Sobey Art Award

The Sobey Art Award is Canada's largest prize for young Canadian artists. It is named after Canadian businessperson and art collector Frank H. Sobey, who established The Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A jury consisting of an international juror and representatives of galleries from the West Coast and the Yukon, the Prairies and the North, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces creates a longlist of 25 artists, five from each region. The jury meets to select the winner and four other finalists, one from each region. 2017 was the first year to see the shortlist dominated by women and also the first year that more than one Indigenous artist was shortlisted.Up to 2013, a total of $70,000 in prize money was awarded each time the prize was presented; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists. In 2014 the total was increased to $100,000 with $50,000 to the winner and $12,500 to the other four finalists. In 2017, the money awarded to longlisted artists was increased from $500 to $1,000. In 2018, the prize money increased once again, to a total of $240,000; $100,000 to the winner, $25,000 for each of the other four finalists, and $2,000 for each short-listed artist.The award was presented biennially until 2006 at which point it became an annual award. From its inception until 2015, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia organized and administered the Sobey Art Award and its accompanying exhibition. The National Gallery of Canada assumed responsibility for the award in 2016.

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