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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR I am so very proud to

be leading this extraordinary institution during such an unprecedented and
exciting time in our 83-year history.
Once again this year, the Vancouver Art Gallery raised the bar for the
visual arts in Canada with remarkable exhibitions and dynamic public
programming, showcasing some of the most significant art from British
Columbia and around the world. Our institutional reach continued to widen,
bringing innovation and inspiration to more people than ever before, and
our public programs further extended their reach to our many diverse
audiences here in Vancouver and throughout the region. I am very pleased
to report that the Gallery remains in healthy financial shape, thanks to the hard work of our staff and Board and
the commitment and support of our donors, funders, members and visitors.
Our vision for a new, purpose-built Vancouver Art Gallery reached significant milestones in the past twelve
months, and we continue to make large steps toward a new Gallery that promises to enrich lives and play a pivotal
role in raising the profile of Vancouver and British Columbia. We are thrilled to have selected the talented team
from Herzog & de Meuron who are now developing the master plan and conceptual design for the new Gallery
that we plan to unveil to the public in spring 2015. Meanwhile, we are laying the foundation for a major capital
campaign and anticipate making some exciting announcements in early 2015. Of course, we remain grateful
to the Province of British Columbia for their initial commitment of $50 million to this project, and to the City of
Vancouver for their contribution of the site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for a new Vancouver Art Gallery.
This fall, the Gallery hosted Herzog & de Meuron’s first public talk in Canada with a sold-out presentation at the
Vogue Theatre. We were elated to see so many members of the general public turn up for this event and we look
forward to many more opportunities to engage our community as we build momentum with this major civic project.
I would like to personally thank the Gallery’s esteemed Director Kathleen Bartels, who has led her impressive
management and staff in delivering another year of groundbreaking exhibitions and programs, unprecedented
art acquisitions and a deficit-free budget. Kathleen’s dynamic leadership and bold vision for this institution
continue to propel the Gallery forward, and in such exciting ways.
I would like to extend my appreciation to our many generous donors, sponsors and funders for their incredible
support. In particular, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to our Visionary Partners, whose multi-year con-
tributions are making a tremendously positive impact on the Gallery’s core programs and long-term sustainability.
These seven Visionary Partners, all of whom are closely connected to the Board of the Gallery and its Foundation,
are: David Aisenstat, The Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts in British Columbia, Concord Pacific, Diamond
Foundation, Michael O’Brian Family Foundation, the Peeter and Mary Wesik Family and the Richardson Family.
I would also like to extend my sincerest gratitude to our Board of Trustees, our staff, volunteers, members
and, of course, the artists with whom we are so proud to collaborate. We have so much of which to be proud,
and I look forward with great anticipation to all that lies ahead.

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

OPPOSITE: Lawren Harris, Eclipse of the Spirit , c.1954, oil on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery
Acquisition Fund

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