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AGNS head supports Yarmouth investment in art and culture centre

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's CEO Nancy Noble stands next to Maud Lewis’s painted home.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's CEO Nancy Noble stands next to Maud Lewis’s painted home.

Proposed location for new centre next door to AGNS western branch

YARMOUTH - The director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia says when a town invests in art and culture that makes her happy.

Nancy Noble says she doesn’t know the ins and outs of the situation in Yarmouth, but says when a town invests in arts and culture it is a positive sign to her and one that the AGNS supports immensely.

A rift exists between the Town of Yarmouth and the Yarmouth Arts Regional Centre (Th’YARC) as to the best location for the proposed new arts and culture centre, along with the governance issue. Noble says the AGNS already partners with other organizations in the Yarmouth area and partnerships will continue, “no matter what happens.”

The town has selected the Collins Street parking lot for the proposed centre, across the street from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s western branch, the only satellite gallery in the province for the AGNS.

Th’YARC, which identified its existing Parade Street lot for a proposed new centre when it rolled out plans once again last year for a new centre, doesn’t feel Collins Street is the best location.

Noble says it’s “great” for a town the size of Yarmouth to invest in a new arts and culture centre.

“I honestly don’t know where the other site is, but I think that’s a town decision that has to be made and I’m sure they’ll do whatever’s right for the town.

“It’s not our role to weigh in on those types of discussions at the local level. From our perspective our gallery is really pleased that the town is going to invest so much in arts and culture, however that rolls out,” she said. 

History of AGNS Western Branch

The 10th anniversary of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth (located at 321 Main St.) was celebrated in May 2016 with a gala and antique door auction organized by the Friends of the Yarmouth Gallery.

The gallery is located in a granite and sandstone building (c 1912), with two floors of exhibits: contemporary, historical and folk art; works on paper; and ceramics. It features works from permanent collection and travelling exhibitions.

Hours of operation

September to June:
Wednesday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday noon – 4:30 p.m.

June to August:
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday noon – 4:30 p.m.

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