Vancouver Art Gallery Annual Report.

"While 1974 brought its full share of happy events and more than its share of expanded activities which we are pleased to record, it also brought a sobering and stressful period related to the resignation and departure of an able and admired Director. Evidence of Tony Emery's dynamic and fruitful direction during the past seven years was the momentum by which the gallery programmes continued to be impelled throughout the second half of 1974 in spite of Tony's absence and the sense of loss suffered by the staff." -Abraham Rogatnick, interim director (1974-1975).

The gallery received a record contribution from the Canada Council, as well as funds from National Museums which directly aided the expansion of the Extension and Education departments, the Audio-visual and workshop activities, and the cataloguing of the permanent collection. Additional funds also made possible the expansion of Vanguard magazine and the creation of Criteria magazine, a quarterly insert in Vanguard:

"Criteria was born out of the need for sincere critical coverage of the arts in Western Canada, with particular emphasis on art in and around Vancouver. It is an attempt to encourage and publish work by (and about) Vancouver artists, be they poets, painters, filmmakers or critics, and to strengthen ties with other regions by publishing articles and interviews by / about artists visiting Vancouver. Contents and editorial policy are determined independently of the Gallery by editors Ardele Lister and Willard Holmes."

A small grant from the [Federal] LIP (Local Initiatives Program) enabled the gallery to re-activate the satellite program which ran out of funds in the middle of the year. Nevertheless, from January to May, the program gave 63 workshops to 12,000 people. 1974 also saw the development of an architectural program for a future gallery in the Courthouse.

Related people
   Abraham Rogatnick - Interim Director


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