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News / April 25, 2013

Vancouver Art Gallery Gets City Thumbs-Up for Expansion

A view of the Vancouver Art Gallery as seen from below grade, Robson Square / photo Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons A view of the Vancouver Art Gallery as seen from below grade, Robson Square / photo Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver City Council has unanimously approved an expansion and move plan for the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Currently, the gallery is located at 750 Hornby Street; is hopes to double its exhibition space by creating new facility at 688 Cambie Street, currently a parking lot.

The approval was gained last night, and remains conditional on the gallery fundraising the majority of its necessary budget in the next two years.

“We are elated by today’s vote and thank the mayor and city council for this tremendous show of support,” Kathleen Bartels said in an emailed statement. “This is a great day for Vancouver and the province, and we’re looking forward to working together to make the vision of a new gallery a reality.”

For more information about the gallery’s planned expansion, view our recent news story on the issue.

Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is news and special sections editor at Canadian Art. She has also written for the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail, among other publications. She welcomes tips, corrections and comments anytime at leah@canadianart.ca.