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Digitizing the Collection

Behind the Scenes: Digitizing the Collection at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection houses some of Canada’s most important works of art. With nearly 1600 works, the collection contains a range of objects, from paintings and prints to masks and beaded jewellery. The over 340 artists hail from all over Canada, with each province and two territories being represented.

While frequent exhibitions showcasing the Gallery’s collection occur throoughout the year, it is impossible to show everything, and many pieces remain in storage. In an effort to give greater access to these works, a digitization project was begun in Spring 2013. From documenting our collection facilitating the creation of a database of images and information that will be available online, to compiling historical information on the acquisition of each piece, to tracking down copyright holders and more, the digitization project has allowed us to think about our permement collection in new ways.

Here we give you a sneak-peek into this exciting and important project, showcasing a few of the fascinating pieces within our collection, and revealing just a little of the behind-the-scenes digitization process..

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