Grenfell College's campus will soon experience
another growth spurt, with the addition of a new, state-of-the-art
building. The West Coast Exhibition Centre got underway
Sept. 12 with the turning of the first sod by Memorial and
political leaders. On hand for the event were Premier Roger
Grimes; Minister of State for ACOA Gerry Byrne; Grenfell
College Principal Adrian Fowler; as well as Environment
Minister Bob Mercer, MHA for Humber district.
The West Coast Exhibition Centre, as an affiliate of the
provincial Rooms cultural complex, will showcase the province's
artistic, museum and archival treasures. This $4 million
state-of-the-art facility will be about 1,400 square metres
in size and will include environmentally controlled exhibition
and storage spaces, a workshop, studio space for visiting
artists, and a high quality multi-media lecture theatre.
The centre will showcase works of art, museum exhibits and
archival exhibits and support the academic programming of
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
The building will be located on the campus of Sir Wilfred
Grenfell College in Corner Brook, directly across from the
Fine Arts Building. The centre will also be connected to
the Fine Arts Building by a pedway.
The West Coast Exhibition Centre will support the mandates
of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial
Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Archives
of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
The facility will draw on the collections and resources
of these institutions and agencies to curate and mount exhibitions,
to undertake public education initiatives and to host regional,
provincial and national traveling exhibitions.
The Corner Brook facility will be operated by Memorial University
and will complement existing cultural attractions such as
the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, the Arts and Culture
Centre and the many commercial art galleries, as well as
the numerous festivals and community museums on the west
coast of Newfoundland.
The Exhibition Centre will further enhance
Grenfell College's programming in the fine arts, humanities,
social sciences and community education. It will provide
fine arts students with enhanced opportunities for exposure
to the work of professional artists and enable the college
to expand its community outreach programming in the arts.
“The Exhibition Centre will be a magnificent addition
to our campus,” said Dr. Adrian Fowler, principal
of Grenfell College. “It will significantly increase
our capacity to provide first-rate educational experiences
at Grenfell College – more interactions with visiting
artists, additional high quality teaching space and a venue
designed to host traveling exhibitions. It will also enable
us to respond more effectively to the artistic and cultural
needs and aspirations of the broader community.”
The project is on schedule for completion in December 2004.