Halifax Art Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Halifax

Halifax is an art-oriented city where many budding artists make their mark, which is why its streets are full of galleries. Whether you prefer classic paintings or modern sculptures, realistic photographs or abstract drawings, Halifax has a gallery to suit your taste.
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Halifax Art Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Halifax Art Galleries Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Halifax (See other walking tours in Halifax)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Khyber Centre for the Arts
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Zwicker's Gallery
  • Studio 21
  • ViewPoint Gallery
  • Dalhousie Art Gallery
Khyber Centre for the Arts

1) Khyber Centre for the Arts

The Khyber is a three story multipurpose arts centre located in a building owned by the Halifax Regional Municipality and is a registered Historical Property. Its current occupancy consists of the Khyber Arts Society (Khyber ICA) and the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. The Khyber building at 1588 Barrington Street, was originally erected as The Church of England Institute in 1888. It was designed by architect Henry Busch in the Victorian style with Gothic Revival features. In 1997, the Khyber Arts Society signed a five-year renewable lease with the City to occupy the Khyber Building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

2) Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (must see)

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia was founded in 1908 as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts. In 1988 the gallery moved to the historic Dominion Building, built in 1865, designed by architects David Stirling and William Hay. The gallery expanded in 1998 to include several floors of the Provincial Building located just to the south of Dominion Building.

The two structures are separated by Ondaatje Court, a public space that besides being used for temporary exhibitions, contains several large permanent sculptures. Underneath the courtyard is a large underground exhibition room which connects the two buildings. The gallery has over 14000 works of art in its varied collection, ranging from Nova Scotian folk art to Inuit stone carvings.

One of the most popular attractions in the gallery is the restored former home of rural folk artist Maud Lewis. The home was moved from its original location near Digby, Nova Scotia, dismantled, restored, and reassembled in the South Gallery of the AGNS. Most of the home, including the doors, part of the windows, and the wallpaper, was painted for decoration by the artist herself. Many of Maud's paintings reside in the same room as her home. A gift shop, art store, and cafe are located off the main lobby.

Operation hours: Saturday to Wednesday : 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday, Friday: 10 am - 9 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Zwicker's Gallery

3) Zwicker's Gallery

Zwicker's Gallery, opened in 1886 by Judson Zwicker, is the oldest art gallery in the country. Its interior has a classical look, differing from other galleries in the city. It contains sculptures, maps, paintings and crafts from the 17th century to today. Zwicker's Gallery is open every day except Sundays.
Studio 21

4) Studio 21

Studio 21, a contemporary art gallery, was opened about 20 years ago by Ineke Graham. It displays the best Canadian and international artists, including wonderful modern paintings, drawings, pottery, graffiti and sculptures.
ViewPoint Gallery

5) ViewPoint Gallery

ViewPoint Gallery displays the work of Nova Scotian photographers. Opened in 2000, it initially displayed the works of its founding members, but has since grown into a very active gallery exhibiting the photographs of hundreds of other artists. Also offering diverse themed workshops and seminars, the ViewPoint Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Dalhousie Art Gallery

6) Dalhousie Art Gallery

In addition to the Dalhousie Art Gallery’s rich permanent collection of paintings and sculpture, it also hosts a large number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Though most works on display are by Dalhousie students and alumni, lately other artists have sought to exhibit their work here.

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