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character and culture of Vancouver’s visual arts community is
recognized worldwide, and the Vancouver Art Gallery strives to
both reflect and augment this vibrant arts scene. Every innovative

exhibition, every new initiative that celebrates art and artists
within and beyond our walls, and every school program, perfor-
mance and artist talk offered by the Gallery aims to represent the

creativity and sheer diversity of the city Vancouverites call home.
I am thrilled to report that this past year the Gallery took a major step forward in realizing
its vision to construct a new, purpose-built Vancouver Art Gallery. When Vancouver City Council
voted to dedicate a new downtown Vancouver site for the future Vancouver Art Gallery, it was

the culmination of many, many years of planning and hard work. This confirmation of the site is
terrific news for the citizens of Vancouver and British Columbia, and represents the opportunity

to establish a new and innovative hub for our arts community. It will allow us to do justice to
the many fascinating stories of this place, to shine an important light on our thriving First
Nations cultures and the region’s growing links with the Asia Pacific, and to more prominently
position Vancouver artists on the international stage. I am most grateful to the many individuals

in the cultural community who played an especially significant and generous role this past year
by actively supporting the Gallery’s vision for a purpose-built facility. We have certainly achieved
this milestone together, and there will undoubtedly be many thrilling days ahead to share.

What I find so remarkable is just how much the Vancouver Art Gallery continues to accom-
plish. I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done over the past twelve months. We’ve
launched pioneering exhibitions that informed and inspired viewers, and found new ways to

bring important works to an ever-widening community of artists, art lovers, scholars and
families. In 2012/13, we featured an exciting array of exhibitions, whether uncovering the pro-
found cultural impact of hotels in our world; addressing the remarkable contributions of one

of Canada’s most significant contemporary artists, Ian Wallace; examining Canadian conceptual
art; creating a residency environment for Haida artist James Hart to complete his magnificently
carved dance screen; assembling the first North American survey of Paris-based artist Patrick
Faigenbaum’s photographs; exploring 17th century Dutch and Flemish masters in tandem

with contemporary works; presenting the first career survey of the renowned comic artist
Art Spiegelman; or mesmerizing passersby at our outdoor public art space, Offsite, with a
compelling installation by MadeIn Company. And so much more!

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