Today, we work hard to share our own treasures through in-gallery exhibitions, loans to other institutions, and the organization of touring exhibitions.
As we work towards construction of our new facility, we are actively building our collection.
We are energized by the current large-scale commissioning project called Madaabii – the Anishnaabemowin (Ojibway) expression for “s/he/they go down to shore.”
Major works by 27 artists will form the first exhibition when the Thunder Bay Art Gallery goes down to the water’s edge and opens its doors to the public.
The commissioned artists are diverse: Indigenous, non-Indigenous, young and emerging, mid-career, and established artists, including nationally recognized artists who have connections to our community. All have ties to our city and region. Their materials and methods are also varied, expansive, and as dynamic as the waves of Superior. Madaabii was made possible through unprecedented financial assistance from the New Chapter program of the Canada Council for the Arts.
When we look to the future, we see the value these exciting new works will bring to our collection and our capacity to engage visitors. They will contribute to evolving ideas about art, community and the landscape. In our new gallery home, they will help define Thunder Bay as a major arts and cultural destination in Canada.