The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art goes under wraps

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      The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is now closed until the spring of 2018 for a renovation that will create more exhibition space, a dedicated programming space, and a more welcoming lobby.

      For now, the gallery is running a Satellite Shop located at the SFU Bookstore in Harbour Centre (555 West Hastings Street). The aim is to finish the $1.5-million overhaul by April, with plans for the gallery’s 10th-anniversary gala in June. The makeover of the gallery at 639 Hornby Street is being funded in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program, as well as the province and private donors. Vancouver-based Merrick Architecture, the original designers of this purpose-built gallery (and whose drawing of the new mezzanine gallery is shown here), will oversee the project.