Art gallery celebrates record year
The Vancouver Art Gallery says it has set a new attendance record of more than 600,000 in 2017-18.
The gallery said the figure beats last year’s attendance by close to 100,000. Membership passed 37,000.
“Looking back, it has been, by all accounts, a milestone year for the gallery marked by exceptional programs, record attendance and revenue,” Kathleen S. Bartels, VAG director, said in the release.
The VAG’s numbers include attendance at the gallery and an estimate of the number of people who visited Offsite, the gallery’s public art site on West Georgia.
The VAG’s numbers were boosted by two major exhibitions: Claude Monet’s Secret Garden in the summer of 2017 and Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg earlier this year.
The gallery announced it has acquired 240 new art works which brings the collection to almost 12,000.
The gallery’s operational revenue was $21.4 million, which exceeded budgeted expectations by $1.4 million. Admissions generated almost $5 million, memberships $1.25 million and retail sales $3.9 million.
KATHLEEN S. BARTELS