April 17, 2019 2:53 pm

Nova Scotia set to unveil future plans for provincial art gallery

A photo of Queen Elizabeth is viewed as a collection of artwork by famed American photographer Annie Leibovitz is donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

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A major announcement is coming Thursday on the future of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Premier Stephen McNeil and federal cabinet minister Bernadette Jordan will unveil plans in an event at the Halifax gallery with its CEO and director, Nancy Noble.

McNeil has said Halifax needs a new art gallery to house collections from “world renowned” artists ranging from Alex Colville to folk painter Maud Lewis.

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Last June, the province announced that Halifax’s Architecture49 had been given a $250,000 contract to prepare a facility plan for a “cultural hub” on the waterfront that would include the art gallery as well as NSCAD University, the provincial art and design school.

The province said at the time the proposed building will “help position Nova Scotia as a world leader in the visual arts.”

A feasibility study said the art college and art gallery “have both long endured inadequate, inefficient and expensive to operate buildings.”

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