Tonight The New Gallery – Calgary’s oldest Artist Run Centre will open its new location.
By the end of July, The New Gallery left its location in Art Central. They have since spent the past month and a half upgrading and getting their new location in Chinatown exhibition ready. The new gallery space is located in an area that got hit hard during the June flood, but it is uncertain if their building was affected or not.
The staff and board must have seen the writing on the wall for Art Central. It was a good decision for The New Gallery, as Telus, along with the Art Central ownership group made a major announcement around the time they left. The announcement was that the Art Central building will be destroyed to make way for a new office/residential development called Telus Sky. It will be designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) based out of Copenhagen and New York and is scheduled to be open in 2017.
I have seen the renderings and it looks like a very interesting building and will create an interesting dialogue with the Norman Foster designed Bow Building and the new Brookfield Place building that is now only a hole in the ground — as the Telus Sky complex will be located in the middle. Development seemingly has already started at the other end of the block. Within days of the announcement, construction hoarding went up surrounding the Telus-owned Len Werry building which is part of the same Telus Sky development.
The New Gallery is now located at 208 Centre Street SE. It is on the main floor in the first building at the bottom of the Centre Street Bridge. In this photo taken yesterday it is the unit with the ladder in the window.
The opening begins at 5:00pm tonight and features Sam Blanchard in a show entitled Older & Overwhelmed. It is a show that “examines the trials and tribulations that constitute a day in the life of the “everyman”.”