Saskatoon’s art gallery surpasses expectations in first year
- EFN Staff | October 24, 2018
A contemporary art museum in Saskatoon recently celebrated its first anniversary in operation. After a year in operation, Remai Modern outpaced membership and revenue expectations in their first year since opening in October 21, 2017.
“What has happened at Remai Modern since is the birth of a vision,” said Executive Director & CEO of Remai Modern Gregory Burke in a media release. “I’m delighted that the people of Saskatoon and beyond have embraced the exhibitions, the space and the programs as we bring a global art experience to the local community.”
Since opening, Remai Modern has shown more than 120 artists, with works dating from 1860 (a painting by Cornelius Krieghoff, one of Fred Mendel’s original gifts) to today. Visitors have viewed, heard and experienced works by leading contemporary artists from Saskatchewan and around the world.
People have also explored their own creativity in the Cameco Learning Studio, taken home one of-a-kind gifts from the Art & Design Store, dined on fabulous food at Shift and shared in memorable experiences, from LUGO and Fireworks on the Terrace to live performances and films.
“Seeing this building alive with art, activity, conversation and community has been immensely gratifying,” said Scott Verity, Remai Modern Board Chair. “On behalf of the entire board I want to thank the people of Saskatoon for supporting the museum in its first year.”
Remai Modern had a first-anniversary celebration this past weekend of October 19-21. Some of the festivities included the museum hosted a concert by Cairo-based artist and musician Hassan Khan and evening performances by Saskatoon musician respectfulchild and local DJ The Gaff.
On Sunday, October 21st people had the opportunity to visit the Cameco Learning Studio free of charge for a special anniversary artmaking program.
According to data from the release, in Remai Modern’s first year, there were 453,176 visits, $484,579 in admission revenue, 9,138 members, 54,525 participants in Learning & Engagement programs and 44,365 patrons at Shift Restaurant.
Forty per cent of visitors are from outside of Saskatchewan.