NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – North Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery is getting a new home and a new name.
The $20 million Polygon Gallery opens for business today.
It’s five times larger than the previous space at Presentation House, but even more important than the bigger digs is the more central location. The 25,000 sq ft facility is right next to Lonsdale Quay.
“It’s such an optimum part of the waterfront, looking out over [Burrard] Inlet, and then a beautiful, truly architecturally significant building that really does a lot of honour and respect for the site that it’s on,” Polygon Gallery director Reid Shier says.
“We can do bigger and better exhibitions but ones that really improve on the long history that we’ve already had. It’s going to allow us to do what we’ve always wanted to do, but do it properly.”
Shier is also the curator of the gallery’s inaugural exhibit N. Vancouver. It pays tribute to the evolution of North Vancouver, from its earliest known history as a Coast Salish village through to its industrial growth in lumber and shipbuilding, to its emergence as a gateway for leisure industries devoted to its mountain settings.
“I really want people to come in and see that you can make great art out of very local circumstances,” Shier says.
Known as Presentation House Gallery for nearly four decades, the Polygon Gallery is a non-collecting gallery with a focus on photography and media-based art.
Admission is free all weekend.