Campus Life

On-Campus Creativity

For Saint Mary’s students, there’s no shortage of cultural exposure. Not only are we located in a culture-rich city filled with music, galleries, and theatre, we also added our own on-campus gallery in 1971. The gallery, which was built to National Gallery of Canada Standards, was the first purpose-built university art gallery in Halifax.

As you explore the gallery, you’ll notice that it focuses on contemporary art, and features both emerging and established artists. We maintain a constant rotation of new work by showing between ten and twelve exhibitions every year.

Information on our exhibits is easily accessible, since we produce publications for most exhibitions. We also frequently host panels, lectures, and artists' presentations. Some of our recent exhibitions include Peter Dykhuis: You Are Here, Burning Rubber and Léopold Foulem: Récupération.

We’re also home to one of the finest pianos in the region. This gives us the flexibility to offer performances, concerts, and readings.

Visit the Art Gallery on the first floor of the Loyola Building.


Our collection

We have over 1500 works in our permanent collection, which focuses on contemporary Canadian artists. Some of our most notable pieces are works by Nelly Beveridge Gray. We’re proud to feature her watercolours and rubbings of historic reliefs in Mesoamerica, Europe, and Asia.

Many works from our collection are displayed throughout the campus, including commissioned works by John Greer and Mathew Reichertz. We also show works by a variety of artists associated with the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD), including Gerald Ferguson, Mitchell Wiebe, and Lucy Pullen.

All of our exhibitions and associated programmes receive significant support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

Contact Information

The Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Loyola Academic Complex on the Saint Mary's University Campus, accessible from Gorsebrook Avenue or off Robie Street south of the McNally Building.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Friday 11am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Closed Mondays and holidays

Please see Exhibitions page for our schedule. The gallery is closed for installation between exhibitions. Our offices are open, but please call or email ahead.

Admission is free.

Keep up with us on our FACEBOOK page.

 

General Information
Phone: 902.420.5445
Email

Robin Metcalfe
Director/Curator
Phone: 902.420.5444
Email

Pam Corell
Assistant Curator
Phone: 902.420.5194 office  902-456-3632 cell
Email
Please email Pam with any questions or concerns about Permanent Collection Works on Campus

Natalie Slater
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 902.420.5445
gallery@smu.ca

Mailing address:

Saint Mary's University Art Gallery
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS
B3H 3C3

Location

Shipping address
5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Loyola Bldg, 1st Floor, Halifax, NS B3H 1G3

GPS coordinates: N 44 37 47 W 63 34 43