IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Bateman Gallery is Moving!

After ten years of calling the Steamship Terminal home, the Bateman Gallery is moving! We are temporarily closing our gallery doors in mid-February to focus on an opportunity to develop a new space opening later this year. 

We have been honoured to house the Bateman Gallery in the Steamship Terminal for the past ten years, and thank everyone who has supported us and visited our gallery over the last decade, but we have determined a new location is needed for the future growth and sustainability of our organization, increased accessibility of our programs, and care for our extensive collections.

Imagine a place that unlocks the imagination while surrounded by an incredible collection of Robert Bateman’s artwork, the sights and sounds of nature, and learning and activity opportunities throughout the space. The world will see and experience the remarkable legacy of Canada’s renowned artist, naturalist, and conservationist while learning about eco-literacy and artistic techniques. This new art and nature centre will inspire thousands of global visitors and reinforce our commitment to the community.

As we transition to secure an interim space, we will end our two current exhibitions: The World of Robert Bateman and Robert Bateman: Heart & Home, in mid-February to begin the work of securing our collection for the move. If you haven’t already seen these unique exhibits, come and visit us before they’re gone!

Education and NatureSketch programs will continue running in partnership with other cultural institutions, while the online shop will remain active to fulfil orders for popular Bateman prints and local artist merchandise. You can find more information about our in the official Media Release.

To donate or enquire about supporting the Bateman Foundation’s exciting new art and nature community space, please call 250-940-3630 or go to our Donation Page.

Nature is the focus,
art is the medium,
learning is the outcome.

The Bateman Foundation envisions a world that values ecoliteracy and mindfulness, in which the general public knows the names of their neighbours in the natural world. This knowledge and connection is crucial – not only for environmental conservation efforts, but for community-building, the removal of fear and isolation, and the creation of safe spaces in our shared world. Our mission is to build relationships with nature through art. Founded by renowned artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, we use art to understand our environment and unlock creativity.


Local artists in the Gift Shop


Visitors since opening


Unique exhibits a year

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