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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR We are experiencing

one of the most exciting eras in the 82-year history of the
Vancouver Art Gallery. In April 2013, Vancouver City Council,
under the leadership of Mayor Gregor Robertson, unanimously
approved the site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for a new

Vancouver Art Gallery building. This historic decision in sup-
port of a new purpose-built art museum has been vigorously
lauded by artists and representatives from other arts organi-

zations, tourism associations, donors and community leaders. The Gallery’s vision is for a
building that promises to enrich lives and play a pivotal role in enhancing Vancouver and
British Columbia’s reputation as one of the most dynamic and creative places in the world.
We are confident of achieving this with a great deal of rigorous work over the next few years.

Our next steps in our building project include continued community engagement, an archi-
tect selection process that is already underway, the unfolding of a major capital campaign, and
the realization of big ideas that will lead us effectively to an exciting future in a new home.

Through our strong ties with the Province of British Columbia, we have lead government funding
of $50 million in the bank and we will continue to work closely with all our government part-
Visitors view Art Spiegeleman: CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps, Photo: Melissa Baker.
ners to realize this enormously important Canadian cultural project. At the same time, we will
continue to nurture strong commitments of private funding that will be critical to our success.

I commend the Gallery’s extraordinary management and staff, led by Director Kathleen Bartels,
for delivering another year of groundbreaking exhibitions and programs, strong membership,
important art acquisitions and a deficit-free budget. I extend my appreciation to our many generous

donors and funders for their incredible support. In particular, I wish to express my deepest thanks
for the multi-year contributions from five philanthropists — all Gallery Board and Foundation
Trustees—whose donations are earmarked for primary areas of endeavour and will contribute
in profound ways to the institution’s long-term sustainability. These Visionary Partners are: David

Aisenstat, the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts in British Columbia, the Diamond Foundation,
the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation, and the Peeter and Mary Wesik Family Foundation.
Looking forward with great excitement, I extend my sincere gratitude to our Board Trustees,
our staff, volunteers, members, sponsors, donors and funders and, of course, the artists. Each

one will play an important role in ensuring excellence in all our programs and operations and
will be instrumental as we undertake this next historic phase in the Gallery’s life.

Bruce Munro Wright, Chair, Board of Trustees, Vancouver Art Gallery

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