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Burnaby Art Gallery tackles underrepresentation of women, artists of colour

New Acquistions showcases the gallery's efforts to purchase works of art by women and artists of colour since 2013
Nour Bishouty
Nour Bishouty’s Al-Quds Kabeer is one of the works in the City of Burnaby’s permanent art collection. It’s featured in the New Acquisitions exhibition at Burnaby Art Gallery.

How do collections form, and how are our values reflected in their development?

The Burnaby Art Gallery asks this question as it presents New Acquisitions from now until Jan. 23, 2022. A gallery press release notes the exhibition features significant contemporary and historical work by 40 influential artists whose works have recently been acquired through both gift and purchase.

Curated by director/curator Jennifer Cane, this exhibition focuses on the gallery’s direction to significantly enhance its collection of works created by women artists and artists of colour.

New Acquisitions includes an incredible array of artworks from historical to present day, with works gifted from generous donors as well as contemporary purchases. Since 2013, the gallery has mandated the acquisition, by purchase, of works of art by women and artists of colour. This year, the gallery has invited a number of distinguished artists and curators to bring forward their own recommendations for the permanent collection. These individuals, together with the gallery's director/curator and the Burnaby Art Gallery acquisitions committee, work to broaden the scope of the collection while supporting the vital work of living artists.

Over the past two years, the gallery has made purchases of work by Kim Kennedy Austin, Nour Bishouty, Deanna Bowen, Nathan Eugene Carson, Lucie Chan, Gabi Dao, Iris Haussler, Charmian Johnson, Aaron Jones, Ingrid Koenig, Jenny Lin, Anne Low, Atheana Picha, Mary Pratt, Carol Sawyer, Thea Yabut, and Shaheer Zazai. Significant works have also been added, through donation, of works by Marc Chagall, Alexander Colville, Robert Davidson, Max Ernst, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Bill Reid, Hiroshige Utagawa, and Roy Henry Vickers.

Exhibition viewing is available during normal hours of operation:

  • Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Enhanced cleaning procedures and safety protocols at the gallery will ensure visitors can continue to connect with culture safely. All visitors must follow safety signage and staff directions at all times, and are asked to postpone their visit if they are feeling sick.

The gallery is at 6344 Deer Lake Ave.