Director's Welcome

Welcome from Kathleen Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

Happy New Year, and welcome to the Vancouver Art Gallery! With much anticipation, I look forward to an incredible year of programming at the Gallery. Our 2014 exhibition schedule will feature an exciting mix of contemporary and historic presentations highlighting outstanding artists from British Columbia, Canada, and around the world. The Gallery will also be very honoured to present The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, a monumental exhibition featuring approximately 200 treasured objects from the collections of the renowned Palace Museum in Beijing. At the same time, our diverse range of educational and public programs serving adults, children and families will provide meaningful encounters with art through lectures, tours, workshops, artist talks, symposia and special events.

I also look forward to sharing exciting updates regarding the Gallery's building project. On the heels of last year's unanimous decision by Vancouver City Council to designate the city-owned site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for a new Vancouver Art Gallery, I look forward to realizing many more milestones in 2014, including the selection of a design architect and the launch of a capital fundraising campaign. After more than a decade of research and planning for a new Gallery, I am thrilled that we are moving forward with our vision to create an innovative and inspiring visual art museum that will enrich lives and play a pivotal role in enhancing Vancouver and British Columbia's reputation as one of the most vibrant, creative, and progressive places in the world.

Happy New Year, once again! I hope you will enjoy many inspiring moments at the Vancouver Art Gallery in our 83rd year of bringing the best of the world to Vancouver, and the best of Vancouver to the world.

Kathleen S. Bartels