May 11, 2022: The Bateman Foundation Celebrates Robert Bateman’s 92nd Birthday

Free admission to the Bateman Gallery, Contests, Prizes and Donation Campaign

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2022

Victoria, BC – Robert Bateman, iconic Canadian artist, naturalist and activist, is celebrating his 92nd birthday on May 24. In celebration of this momentous occasion, The Bateman Foundation will have a month-long celebration of activities to inspire creativity and sustain his legacy.

“How do you recognize a remarkable Canadian treasure like Robert Bateman?” says Sarah Theophilus, Acting General Manager of the Bateman Foundation.

“To celebrate his upcoming 92nd birthday, our goal is to engage people locally and across the nation to celebrate Robert with free admission and activities in the gallery, a birthday card challenge, and a donation drive for the foundation.”

Celebrating Robert Bateman’s Birthday

At the Bateman Gallery

  • The Bateman Gallery will be accessible to all with admission by donation from May 24 to 28. The gallery will be the center of all festivities to celebrate his birthday with free activities and prizes all week long. This will also be the last week of the guest exhibit Environment Impact II and signals the closure of the gallery for three weeks in preparation of a surprise new and exciting Robert Bateman exhibit which is set to open on June 18. More information about the exhibit will be coming soon.

Supporting the legacy of Education

  • The foundation invites the community to support Robert’s legacy of education. Donations will ensure the sustainability of the flagship learning program NatureSketch, doubling the reach and making it accessible to marginalized community groups and schools. The goal is to raise $50,000 before the end of 2022.

Bateman Birthday Card Challenge

  • What’s a birthday without birthday cards? The Bateman Foundation is challenging everyone to create an original birthday card design inspired by the artist and his philosophy. The card designs will be shared with Robert and one will be selected to win a NatureSketch course. Designs can be submitted in person, by social media #BatemanBirthdayCard and by email at [email protected].

For more information about the Bateman Foundation, please visit

About The Bateman Foundation

The Bateman Foundation is a nationally registered charity with a mission to build a relationship with nature through art. Founded by renowned artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, the foundation uses art to understand the environment and is one of the only non-profits in Canada that primarily uses artwork to promote a connection to nature. 

Reaching over 300,000 people across North America, the Bateman Foundation educates more than 4,000 people through the flagship education program NatureSketch and welcomes over 20,000 visitors in the gallery. 

Through educational programs, community collaborations and gallery exhibitions, the Bateman Foundation inspires a generation of people to build a deeper relationship with the natural world. For more information about the Bateman Foundation, visit

The Bateman Foundation and gallery are both located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Katherine Dalusong
Head of Marketing and Sales
The Bateman Foundation
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 250.940.3626 ex.320