MP Pierre Poilievre speaks to members of the media at The Rooms in St. John’s this morning. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The federal government has announced funding to the tune of more than $300,000 for The Rooms, to support a touring exhibit of artist Mary Pratt’s work.
Ottawa has provided $301,100 to The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, which is partnering with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, to create a retrospective exhibit of Pratt’s work over the past 60 years. It will include about 75 pieces of her art, borrowed from public and private collections in Canada, and will tour across the country starting at The Rooms in May 2013.
Pratt, a native of New Brunswick and longtime Newfoundland and Labrador resident, is known as one of the country’s best photo-realism painters, her inspiration coming from everyday objects.
“I’m pleased that our government is supporting this exhibition, which will enable many Canadians to get to know and appreciate the art of Mary Pratt,” said MP Pierre Poilievre at a media conference at The Rooms in St. John’s this morning, representing Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore.