Our New Home
The New Presentation House Gallery Will:
- Create a beautiful and welcoming waterfront landmark at the gateway to North Vancouver, attracting local residents and visitors to the Lower Lonsdale area
- Showcase North Vancouver’s acclaimed Presentation House Gallery
- Provide greatly expanded cultural, social and educational opportunities for local citizens and visitors
- Enliven the public space on the Lower Lonsdale plaza with engaging facilities and programs
- Stimulate the economy by promoting cultural tourism
- Serve as a model for operational sustainability through an efficient and revenue-generating new facility
A beautiful landmark designed by local architects.
Governor General Prize-winning firm Patkau Architects has designed a welcoming building which will gleam on our city’s harbourfront, beckoning visitors from around the region and around the world. The new Presentation House Gallery will be a landmark residents can be proud of, drawing people to the Foot of Lonsdale gateway to North Vancouver.
Patkau Architects have designed a beautiful and welcoming building.
Great art in our community.
Over the past 30 years, the Gallery has presented compelling exhibitions by such artists as award-winning Vancouver photographers Stan Douglas and Fred Herzog and world-renowned artists Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus and Andy Warhol. In its new home, the Gallery looks forward to expanding the range and type of cultural opportunities available to residents and visitors, in an ever-changing calendar of historic and contemporary exhibitions and programs.
Andy Warhol is one of the dozens of renowned artists whose work has been exhibited at Presentation House Gallery.
Expanded cultural opportunities for residents & visitors.
The new Gallery’s 19,000 sq. ft. includes expanded space for galleries, preparation work area, and event and lecture space. With this additional space, Presentation House Gallery will be able to greatly increase the range of cultural opportunities it offers residents and visitors.
The new facility will feature:
- more than double the current exhibition area.
- purpose-built galleries able to accommodate newer types of contemporary art, such as the large-format work of internationally renowned Vancouver School artists Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Rodney Graham and Ken Lum.
The new Presentation House Gallery is expected to draw 33-thousand people in its first year of operations.
Room for talks & lectures.
In 2013, PHG presented 19 free lectures and artist talks. Because of the limited space of the current Gallery, we regularly have to turn away people who are interested in our programs because of space limitations. In the New Presentation House Gallery, a multi-purpose space with room for 300 people will enable many more people to take advantage of our programming.
Up to 300 people will be able to attend our events in the new building.
Presentation House Gallery has an active program of community engagement, with the very popular Chester Fields youth photography contest involving about one hundred North Van students each year. In collaboration with North Vancouver schools, the Gallery looks forward to greatly expanding educational programs at the new facility.
The plaza space outside the proposed new Gallery also offers wonderful new opportunities for collaboration with North Shore arts institutions and other groups to present different art forms – such as dance and music – to engage and expand appreciation of exhibitions inside the Gallery.
Hundreds of North Van students have participated in our Chester Fields photo contest over the past seven years.
A social hub for all ages.
With a cafe, bookstore and plaza space, the new Presentation House Gallery will become a community gathering place and cultural hub, offering opportunities for residents and visitors to relax and meet in a welcoming and engaging environment which will be a key part of the revitalized Foot of Lonsdale area.
The new Presentation House Gallery will be a social and cultural hub.
A destination for tourists.
Vancouver has become renowned as an international art centre, and Presentation House Gallery is a key part of that reputation. Cultural tourism is a fast-growing and lucrative segment of the North American travel industry, spurred by the retiring baby boomer generation. In British Columbia, spending by cultural tourists in 2007 totalled $755 million.
An expert evaluation of the new Gallery facility estimated attendance in the first year at 33-thousand visitors, many of whom would be tourists drawn to the newly revitalized Lower Lonsdale area by the new Gallery and nearby restaurants and shopping.
Cultural tourism is a booming sector.
Affordable and fully accessible.
The new Presentation House Gallery will have very affordable admission fees, planned to be $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and free for youth and children. The current gallery is not accessible for people using mobility devices, a serious drawback in a community with an aging population. The new facility will meet all modern accessibility standards and enable many more people to visit.
The new building will be fully accessible.
A solid business plan.
The Gallery business case outlines a financially sustaining operational plan, based on enhanced fundraising and revenue-generating capacity and no growth in the current level of municipal financial support.
Strong financial support already exists for the project.
The new Presentation House Gallery facility will cost approximately $15 million. We already have a great building site through the generous support of the City of North Vancouver Council. An independent expert evaluation of Presentation House Gallery’s fundraising potential for a new building stated that “significant financial support has been identified for the project.”
The Gallery has a proven record of success in fundraising.
Presentation House Gallery has an established record of success in fundraising, raising more than one million dollars in the past five years. We’re working now to raise the funds for the new building.