The creation of a new visual, media and performing arts space will become reality at 176 Lakeshore Drive in North Bay.
It is the result of a partnership between the Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective (NRCC), the Department of Canadian Heritage and Pronor Developments. The new galleries, known as NOVAH, will be an integral part of a new “Innovation and Co-working Hub” that focuses on Arts, Wellness and Commerce called coworking176.space.
The NRCC oversees and supports professionally curated art events and exhibitions, organizes and produces professional development workshops for professional artists, and develops touring exhibitions across the region of Northern Ontario.
Currently their two main projects are NOVAH (Northern Ontario Visual Arts Hive) and NACM (Northern Arts and Crafts Movement).
Renovations at 176 Lakeshore Drive are underway with completion in May 1.
The new gallery will feature 500 linear feet of new presentation wall space, a video and film showcase gallery along with a unique Outdoor Gallery on the property. The Outdoor Gallery will feature exhibits of sculptural works, earth art, and ice art, along with two 14 foot screens for media arts on the side of the building.
“This project has been a long time coming and we are very excited about it!” says Dermot Wilson, Project Leader at NRCC. “I would like to acknowledge the hard work of my project partners Lori Grace Nickerson, Richard Fortin, Christian Fortin and the entire NRCC collective! What we are creating here is unique for the entire region!”
The new NOVAH gallery space will be a place where curators from across Northern Ontario can display the newest and best in contemporary Northern Ontario visual, media and performing arts.