Nova Scotia

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia seeks $7M from Halifax for new gallery

Ottawa has already agreed to put in $30 million into the $130-million project, and the provincial government has committed just over $66 million. The Art Gallery also plans to fundraise $30 million from corporate and private donations.  

Ottawa, provincial government already agreed to contribute to the $130M project

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is currently located in downtown Halifax on Hollis Street. A new gallery is planned for the city's waterfront. (CBC)

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is looking for a $7-million contribution from the Halifax region to go toward building a new art gallery on the city's waterfront.

Officials with the art gallery made a presentation to the municipality's community planning committee on Wednesday.

"We're hoping HRM will come with a five per cent investment on the project," said Colin Stinson, the director of marketing for the art gallery.

"And we're hoping to secure this over a five-year period, which equates to about $1.4 million per year." 

A formal request for municipal funding will be made at a future meeting of Halifax's audit and finance committee.

Ottawa has already agreed to put in $30 million into the $130-million project, and the provincial government has committed just over $66 million. The art gallery also plans to fundraise $30 million from corporate and private donations.

A slide from the presentation the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia gave to Halifax's community planning committee on Wednesday. (Pam Berman/CBC)

The new art gallery will be located on the Salter Street block of the Halifax waterfront, which is the current home of the jazz festival.

The art gallery's chief executive officer, Nancy Noble, told committee members the new facility will be part of an "arts hub." 

"It is really our intent not to push those festivals off," said Noble. "But to create a new arts district that the art gallery will anchor where we can really bring that site to life."

An international call for companies interested in designing the new art gallery is expected early in 2020. 

Coun. Sam Austin, a member of the community planning committee, noted the Halifax Central Library used international designers.

"Paying a little bit of a premium for good design can pay back returns many times over if you create a space people truly love," said Austin. "It would be exciting to have another signature building added to our cityscape."

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Pam Berman

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Pam Berman is CBC Nova Scotia's municipal affairs reporter. She's been a journalist for almost 35 years and has covered Halifax regional council since 1997. That includes four municipal elections, 19 budgets and countless meetings. Story ideas can be sent to pam.berman@cbc.ca

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