Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 02, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Construction and Relocation of Gallery Lambton

SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Pat Davidson, Member of Parliament (Sarnia-Lambton), today announced funding for Sarnia's Gallery Lambton.

The County of Lambton will undertake a large-scale construction and relocation project to improve Gallery Lambton. The facade and tower design of a historical building will be preserved and new gallery space constructed within its shell to create a 17 400-square-foot heritage facility to house the Lambton collection of modern and contemporary art and host its many programming initiatives.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government's Economic Action Plan is delivering funding for cultural infrastructure projects like the one at Gallery Lambton," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is thrilled to invest in the creation of a new art space in Sarnia. The vastly enlarged and improved facilities will help elevate the status of Lambton's growing collection."

"Sarnia is the proud home to an important collection of Canadian art that includes works by the Group of Seven," said Ms. Davidson. "The increased gallery space will greatly improve the visitor experience while also drawing new art enthusiasts to Lambton."

"This support will ensure the appropriate level of care for our significant and growing collection of Canadian art. It will also support the implementation of the Gallery's new and dynamic artistic vision. Gallery Lambton plays a pivotal role in the community of Sarnia Lambton. The relocation of the Gallery into a socially and historically significant building in downtown Sarnia will establish a permanent home for the Gallery Lambton, just in time to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2011," said the Curator/Supervisor of Gallery Lambton, Lisa Daniels.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $3 million for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund ( , formerly known as Cultural Spaces Canada. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays.

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