July 15, 2022 Media Release: Free Admission for Children in the Bateman Gallery All Summer Long

Victoria, BC – The Bateman Foundation is offering free admission to children and teens in celebration of the new heartwarming exhibition, Robert Bateman: Heart & Home, this summer from July to August 31st. Children and youth under 18 years old will have free admission or admission by donation to see the current exhibitions in the Bateman Gallery, including Robert Bateman: Heart & Home and the permanent exhibition The World of Robert Bateman.

“We hope to make the Bateman Gallery a welcoming environment for families and their children,” said Andrea Terrón, Bateman Foundation Head of Galleries and Exhibitions.

“The new exhibition showcases Bateman’s artwork in many forms meant to be lasting gifts for his family and friends. We need to share this beautiful message and show the many ways we can express our family connections, legacy and values we leave with our loved ones. You’ll see that each gift is personalized while conveying the importance of nature – the unwavering story that Bateman continues to tell his children and grandchildren.”

The Bateman Foundation is a non-profit organization making art and connections to nature more accessible to families and children. This summer, the Bateman Foundation’s free admission campaign aims for all children to see inspiring artwork on display in the Bateman Gallery and access the free art activities to cultivate their creative minds.

“With this initiative, the Bateman Foundation is making sure the next generation knows you can connect with nature through art and see an artist pass down these values through his artwork,” said David Schneider, Board Chair of the Bateman Foundation.

“We are excited to make our gallery more accessible to youth and families. We hope experiencing the artwork leaves a lasting impression that will inspire them to pay closer attention to relationships with our loved ones and our environment.”

The Bateman Gallery attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year. Donations to the Bateman Foundation support the free admission for children in the gallery. It allows for hundreds of young people to have the opportunity to engage with art inspired by nature, foster their creativity, and build a foundation of respect for nature.

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. It is one of the only non-profits in Canada that primarily uses artwork to promote a connection to nature.

The Bateman Foundation reaches over 300,000 people across North America, educates more than 4,000 people through the flagship education program NatureSketch, and welcomes over 20,000 visitors inside 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 batemanfoundation.org.

The Bateman Foundation is 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
The Bateman Foundation
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 250.940.3626 ex.320