January 20, 2023 Media Release: The Bateman Gallery is Moving

Victoria, BC – After ten years of calling the Steamship Terminal home, the Bateman Gallery is moving. It will temporarily close its gallery doors in mid-February to focus on an opportunity to develop a new space opening later this year. The Foundation has decided a new location is required for the future growth and sustainability of the organization, increased accessibility of its programs, and care for its extensive collections. 

“We have been honoured to house the Bateman Gallery in the Steamship Terminal for the past ten years, where we delivered over 30 thought-provoking exhibits featuring a wide variety of nature-based artists. But like most cultural institutions, we’ve re-examined our goals and future and decided that we need a new location integrating art, nature, and education in a meaningful and impactful way. Our goal is to secure a new art and nature centre that will inspire thousands of global visitors and reinforce our commitment to the community,” said Sarah Theophilus, Executive Director of the Bateman Foundation. 

Knowing the Maritime Museum of BC has an active proposal to establish a permanent location in the Steamship Terminal; the Foundation reached out to collaborate on a transition of space that would enable both organizations to achieve their strategic goals.

“We approached the Maritime Museum of BC to discuss an opportunity to gain the space in the Steamship Terminal with the potential agreement that we create a temporary gallery space in their location,” said Theophilus.

Working with the Maritime Museum of BC, the City of Victoria and the Ministry of Transportation, the Bateman Foundation is working to gain approval for the exchange of spaces with the Maritime Museum and create a temporary gallery in the Maritime Museum’s current location at 744 Douglas Street. This potential interim location will allow the Bateman Gallery to continue delivering programming and art exhibits as they take steps to develop a new customized space.

“The Maritime Museum of BC enthusiastically supports this collaboration and believes we need to work together to create more cultural offerings for Victoria residents and visitors,” said Jamie Webb, President of the Board of Directors for the Maritime Museum of BC.

“Although it is bittersweet that we are leaving the Steamship Terminal, we are happy to assist the Maritime Museum of BC. It allows them to be one step closer to having a home in the inner harbour of Victoria while we reimagine how we can connect people to nature through the power of art in a community-focused interactive space. Both organizations have ambitious strategies and are key to establishing a culturally vibrant inner harbour,” said David Schneider, Chair of the Board for Bateman Foundation.

The Bateman Foundation plans to create a new space ensuring the preservation of Canadian artwork while integrating their education into a new community-focused, interactive art and nature centre.

“We are grateful for all the support from our sponsors, donors, members, and volunteers for ensuring we provided world-class exhibits and programming during our time in the inner harbour. We hope we can rely on the support of Victorians and members as we forge forward to create a new space for all – especially as we approach the 10th anniversary of our gallery,” said David Schneider.

The Bateman Gallery will end the two exhibitions: The World of Robert Bateman and Robert Bateman: Heart & Home, in mid-February as the Foundation prepares to organize and protect the collection of artwork. Education and NatureSketch programs will continue running in partnership with other cultural organizations.

To donate or enquire about supporting the Bateman Foundation’s new cultural community space, please contact them at 250-940-3630 or go to batemanfoundation.org/donate. Find more information about both organizations on their websites: Bateman Foundation, batemanfoundation.org and Maritime Museum of BC, mmbc.bc.ca.

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 more than 15,000 visitors to 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: 778.400.6086