NDP pleased with commitments for the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador

NDP Tourism, Culture and Recreation Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) was pleased to hear about the search to fill vacant Art Gallery positions as well as the commitment to the curatorial independence of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mitchelmore wrote a letter in June to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation about layoffs and resignations at the Art Gallery asking for assurance that essential positions at the Art Gallery be replaced and that there are no plans to remove the Gallery’s status as a separate division of The Rooms Corporation. The minister’s response gave those assurances.

“Keeping the Art Gallery independent will allow it to continue to produce world class exhibits and be a leader in Canada in producing and supporting current artists and emerging artists, as well as protecting and promoting our culture,” said Mitchelmore. “It is important to recognize that The Rooms itself was constructed to allow for these three different groups – The Archives, the Museum and the Art Gallery – to work together and yet to be distinct from each other.”

Legislation entitles the Art Gallery to be a separate division of The Rooms Corporation, with its own director in charge of the art. Mitchelmore is opposed to any change in the status of the Art Gallery.

“There was a widespread belief that the Art Gallery would lose its independent status and be subsumed into The Rooms Corporation. I am certainly pleased to see the commitment to keeping its independence,” said Mitchelmore.

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