National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada

September 15, 2005 14:36 ET

Media Advisory/The National Gallery of Canada Unveils a Donor Wall Under the Distinguished Patronage of the Governor General

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 15, 2005) - In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the National Gallery of Canada will unveil a Donor Wall, a tribute to over 1,500 donors of works of art who contributed in the making of the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, its Library and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography over the last 125 years. The Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson will be present for the unveiling as well as several donors.

On March 6, 1880, the Governor General of Canada, the Marquis of Lorne, inaugurated the first official exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy and launched what is now the National Gallery of Canada. At the time, each Academician agreed to deposit a diploma work with the Government to form the nucleus of the collection of the newly formed Gallery. Over the years, many individuals, foundations and corporations followed the example of the Marquis of Lorne and the Academicians, and contributed in the making of our national collection.

Medias are invited to the Donor Wall unveiling:

Tuesday 20 September at 4:30 pm
National Gallery Main Entrance
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Following speeches, the dignitaries will move to the Colonnade for a photo opportunity. Invited guests will then be able to see the Donor Wall and have light refreshments in the Great Hall.

Contact Information

  • National Gallery of Canada
    Anouk Hoedeman
    Senior Media Relations Officer
    (613) 990-6835
    National Gallery of Canada
    Yves Theoret
    Chief, Marketing and Communications
    (613) 990-3142