Michele Smith, The Polygon Gallery, Canada
Operating as Presentation House Gallery for forty years, the organization presented more than 300 exhibitions highlighting photography and media art, and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s most adventurous public art institutions. Some of the most important local and international artists have been featured—from acclaimed Vancouver photographers Stan Douglas and Fred Herzog to world-renowned artists Alexander Rodchenko and Anne Collier—as well as the work of North Vancouver students participating in innovative education programs, such as Gallery School and Chester Fields.
Officially opened on November 18, 2017, the new gallery expands on the organization’s long history of presenting the work of artists who respond to transformations taking place in the world. The Polygon Gallery building is intended as a home for art and an incubator for new ideas, as well as an architectural contribution to Vancouver’s North Shore. Governor General’s Award-winning firm, Patkau Architects, who received the commission in 2013, have described the building as their response to the history and powerful personalities of both the art gallery and its new site at the Shipyards in Lower Lonsdale, “ It’s the most historically resonant site – the home to the port industries on which North Vancouver was built. It is the most geographically evocative site – where sea meets mountain. And it’s the place where, in some ways, the community is most connected to the larger region – which it views just across the harbour.”
The proposed tour will include the building and the inaugural exhibition, N. Vancouver, and is an occasion to speak with staffabout the challenges and rewards of creating a new public gallery from the foundation up.
1:00pm – Guests meet at the North Lobby of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre hotel, and take a ten-minute leisurely walk to Vancouver City Centre Station, where they will ride the underground Canada Line one stop to Waterfront Station. At 1:30, the group will board the SeaBus, Vancouver’s shuttle ferry which sails across the Burrard Inlet every 15 minutes.
1:45pm – Guests will arrive at Lonsdale Quay, and take a three-minute walk to The Polygon Gallery next door, where they will check in with admissions. Gallery director and exhibition curator Reid Shier will greet them. Guests will enjoy a walking tour of the current exhibition, N. Vancouver, as well as a Q&A with gallery staff.
3:00pm – Guests will return to Lonsdale Quay terminal to take the SeaBus back to Waterfront Station.
3:45pm/4:00pm – SeaBus depart Lonsdale Quay terminal.