How can I donate art work to the Gallery?
If you are interested in donating or bequeathing works to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, contact Nadia Kurd, Curator, and provide the following information:
Description of the work(s) with artist, dimensions, and medium if possible
Images of the work(s)
Provenance of the work(s) – when, how, and from whom you acquired these works
How can I view works from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection?
The Gallery frequently exhibits select works from the Permanent Collection. For more information on our exhibitions please visit (insert link to exhibitions page). Works of art not being exhibited are in storage. For the safety and security of the collection, the Gallery restricts the visitors allowed in Collections Storage. For more information contact Meaghan Eley, Curatorial Assistant/Registrar, at email@example.com. The Gallery is also in the process of completing a digitization project, which will provide visitors with greater information and access to the permanent collection.
Can I get art work appraised or restored at the Gallery?
As a public institution, The Thunder Bay Art Gallery cannot provide appraisals regarding the possible value of works of art or restoration services. If you are interested in having work appraised or restored, the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) is an excellent resource. ADAC’s online search engine and database will direct you to affiliated ADAC member galleries as well as gallery listings by province.
How do you care for your works?
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery collection houses over 1600 works of art, the majority of which at any given time are in storage. Our exhibition spaces and Collections Storage are carefully monitored by hygrothermographs that measure temperature and humidity levels. Collections Storage is kept dark and works on paper are stored in acid free boxes. Authorized staff minimize contact and wear cotton gloves while handling artwork.
I want to bring my class or group to the Gallery. How much does it cost ?
Thanks to funding from the Public and Catholic school boards, school tours are FREE of charge.
College and University students can get an educational tour for $3.50 per student + HST
Other community groups can get a tour for $4.00 Per participant and for a tour and art workshop $6.00
Are there any volunteer opportunities in Education at the Gallery?
Whenever possible, we aim to accommodate high school and university students seeking to fulfill volunteer hours or a program placement. These opportunities can provide enriching and hands-on work experiences for students in a dynamic learning environment. We also rely on additional help from trained volunteers who provide assistance as guides on school and group tours or helpers in art classes. To inquire, please contact Vivian Alexander-Wood, Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (807) 577-6427.
How do I register for children’s art classes?
To register for workshops, classes and camps, please visit the the Gallery front desk in person, or call (807) 577-6427 to register by phone. We hope to make online registration an option in the near future!
Can I stay and look at the art while my child is in their art class?
Of course! We encourage you to browse our current exhibits and gift shop, or do errands while your child is busy creating their own works of art.
What if my child has allergies or special needs?
All of our children’s classes and camps exist within a nut-free environment. With advance notice, we can also accommodate some other food allergies, if needed. We also ensure that non-toxic materials are used in the children’s classes. Please feel free to discuss your child’s special needs directly with us. We promote an inclusive atmosphere and will do our best to ensure your child has a positive learning experience at the Gallery!
I’m a teacher, will my students enjoy their visit?
We receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from children, teachers and parents who participate in the Gallery’s Tour/Workshop program. Students typically love some time away from the traditional classroom environment, and most importantly, they get to engage in an interactive art experience. They explore indoor and outdoor Gallery spaces and engage in age-appropriate discussions of the exhibited works with their peers and educators, and participate in a hands-on art workshop. Students of all abilities are actively involved and emerge with a greater understanding of why art is meaningful in our lives.