Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 23, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Oshawa), today announced funding for the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

This funding will be used to support the transportation and preparation of a travelling exhibition entitled Gerald Ferguson: Frottage Works 1994–2006, which the Gallery is hosting from April 17 to June 13, 2010. It will be the only venue in the Greater Toronto Area to host this exhibition, which celebrates the life of this recently deceased Maritime artist and builds awareness of his work through a symposium and themed tours both for adults and children.

"Our Government is very proud to increase the access of Canadians to the works of this renowned artist and educator," said Minister Moore. "The McLaughlin Gallery, the City of Oshawa, and everyone who attends this exhibition will benefit greatly from its presence."

"I am extremely pleased to see continued investment from our Government in the arts," said Dr. Carrie. "The McLaughlin Gallery is a hidden gem in Oshawa, and my hope is that with new exhibits rolling through, more and more people in Oshawa will come out and enjoy this beautiful gallery."

"We are grateful that through the generosity and support of the Government of Canada's Museums Assistance Program, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery can continue to exhibit and explore a broad range of work by Canadian artists," said Gabrielle Peacock, CEO of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. "Gerald Ferguson is known not only for his rigorous artistic practice, but also for his contributions as an important educator at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. This funding will also enable us to enhance our audience's understanding of Ferguson's important contribution to conceptual art."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,145 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 under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations