Established in the late 1970s, the Cape Breton University Art Gallery was originally located in the Campus Centre, adjacent to the Boardmore Playhouse. In 1997, it moved to its current location off of the Great Hall in the Student, Culture and Heritage Centre.
The Gallery is a hub for visual arts activity and education on Cape Breton Island. The first and only full-time public art gallery on the island, the CBU Art Gallery is committed to promoting arts appreciation, visual literacy, and critical scholarship. By providing members of the university and the community with exposure to a wide variety of artistic practices, the CBU Art Gallery works to broaden and enhance the knowledge, understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of contemporary and historical accomplishments in the visual arts.
The art gallery achieves its goals through the collection, preservation, interpretation, research, and exhibition of works of art, as well as through high quality programming and diverse educational opportunities.
The gallery is home to a significant collection of art which it holds in trust for the public. The care and preservation of this collection is an important function of the Gallery, and every consideration is given to its safekeeping for the enjoyment of future generations.
As an academic support unit, the CBU Art Gallery acts as a teaching and learning resource for the university and broader community. The Gallery is a site for visual arts appreciation, education, and research on campus. A small art library and comfortable research area are available for student and public use.
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