Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 16, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the MacKenzie Art Gallery

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 16, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament (Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre), today announced funding to the MacKenzie Art Gallery for two exhibits: Bob Boyer: His Life's Work and the Jack Sures Retrospective.

This funding will help the gallery circulate a retrospective travelling exhibit of the work of Aboriginal artist and teacher Bob Boyer to five host venues across Canada. It will also allow the gallery to undertake research in support of a travelling exhibition on the influential Regina-based ceramic artist Jack Sures.

"Our Government is proud to help make the works of two significant figures in Saskatchewan's artistic heritage-Jack Sures and Bob Boyer-accessible to Canadians," said Minister Moore. "The MacKenzie Art Gallery's high-quality exhibits contribute significantly to this region's cultural and economic vitality."

"The MacKenzie Art Gallery plays an important role in exhibiting, collecting, and preserving original works of art for the maintenance of the artistic and cultural heritage of Saskatchewan," said Mr. Lukiwski. "By investing in projects such as these today, we can help ensure the sustainability of local arts and cultural institutions for many years to come."

"The MacKenzie prides itself on actively participating in the national discourse on contemporary art," said Stuart Reid, the Gallery's Executive Director. "This generous support from the Government of Canada for the Bob Boyer and Jack Sures projects allows the Gallery to provide scholarly context for two of Saskatchewan's finest artists, bringing their important work to the attention of new audiences across Canada."

Founded in 1953, the MacKenzie Art Gallery allows visitors and residents of Saskatchewan to experience visual art in all its diversity by engaging them through exhibitions, programs and the permanent collection. The gallery receives about 160 000 visitors a year.

The Government of Canada has provided $98,313 for Bob Boyer: His Life's Work and $28,575 for the Jack Sures Retrospective through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-229-5283
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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