1250 Grand Lake Rd.
Nova Scotia
B1P 6L2
Phone: 902-563-1342
Fax: 902-563-1142

Cape Breton University Art Gallery

The Art Gallery is a major cultural resource within the educational and research context of Cape Breton University as well as the broader community. The Art Gallery works to broaden and enhance the knowledge and understanding of contemporary and historical accomplishments in visual arts, in particular Canadian and Atlantic art. To fulfill this mandate, the Art Gallery provides exhibitions of permanent collection artwork and work by local artists, averaging eight exhibits per year, along with lectures, artists’ talks, and tours. The Art Gallery was the first full-time, public exhibition space in Cape Breton Island and it is still the only art gallery that houses and exhibits an enviable permanent collection and provides research materials and facilities for studying the collection.

As the longest standing public art gallery on the island offering an ever-changing exhibit schedule, lectures, tours, and other educational opportunities, the Art Gallery remains a beacon to all persons interested in the visual arts and serves all parts of Cape Breton Island.

Permanent Collection

The permanent collection exists as an educational resource for the University community and the general public to foster the appreciation of the visual arts as an expression of our cultural history and identity. This goal is predicated on the collection of works of art of Canadian origin, with an emphasis on the Atlantic region, and in particular, Cape Breton Island; works by international artists are also collected when they support and broaden our existing collection. Works from the permanent collection are exhibited and rotated regularly.

Researchers may access pieces from the permanent collection in storage and also obtain information on the artists and their works through artist files and a research library maintained by the Art Gallery. To date, pieces in the permanent collection have been included in essays, catalogues, and theses by researchers from the Maritimes and beyond. The practice of loaning works externally and internally within the University expands the Art Gallery’s ability to reach audiences and broaden knowledge of the visual arts.

The permanent collection is quite diverse. Among it are oil, acrylic, and watercolour paintings, pastel, charcoal, and graphite drawings, paper collages, photography, and sculpture created with bronze, stone, and whalebone.

Historical pieces include Louise Bradley MacLennan watercolours, Hetty (H.D.) Kimber pastels, and Bill Daye oil paintings, and more, all of which depict bygone lifestyles and landscapes of Cape Breton. A significant portion of the collection consists of photography. Robert Frank, Andre Kertesz, Eadward Muybridge, and Robert Demachy are only a handful of artists whose work makes up the pho...+ [ Read all ]


part of Undercurrents:a VANS exhibition project.
June 8-August 25 2007

Mark Brzutowski
September 8-October 27 2007

A Rare Glimpse
Bobby Nock & Carl Zimmerman
November 2-January 5, 2008


Free Admission

$1/day for Parking

Opening hours

Tuesday – Friday: 9:30 – 4:30

Getting there

The ArtGallery moved into its current location in Cape Breton University’s Great Hall in 1997. To reach the ArtGallery, take Grand Lake Road until you reach University Boulevard. Proceed up the Great Hall and park in one of the adjacent parking lots.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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