The Robert Bateman Centre is now open in Victoria, BCOn his 83rd birthday, artist Robert Bateman was joined by The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia to officially open The Robert Bateman Centre, showcasing the largest collection of his work ever assembled for the public.
Located in the Steamship Terminal along Victoria's Inner Harbour, the centre invites guests to explore their relationship with the environment and pay homage to the majesty of nature. Supported by The Bateman Foundation, the centre was created to house and preserve Robert Bateman's legacy, as well as to be a multi-purpose meeting place for collaboration, creative thinking, and networking about in-nature education initiatives. Crossing the years and continents, visitors will explore the life of this iconic artist from his childhood to his latest masterpiece, with 160 works on display. While admission is free during the opening weekend (Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from noon to 6 p.m.) regular admission to The Robert Bateman Centre is $12.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and students, and $6 for children. A family pass (two adults and two youth) is $25.âThe Robert Bateman Centre showcases more than seven decades of work, motivated by our natural surroundings, life experiences and those who have brought so much inspiration to my life,â says Bateman. âI can't think of a better way to educate visitors, especially youth, on the importance of ecology, the environment and preservation.âThe Robert Bateman Centre features leading edge technology engagement including a motion-sensor activated gallery of birdsong (The Kathryn Iredale Gallery), which will bring the sounds of the forest into the room as each bird featured within the artwork will call out from a series of speakers.Visitors to The Robert Bateman Centre have the ability to use a tablet or their own smart phone, to activate The Robert Bateman Centre app (tablets will be available at registration for visitors to borrow). The app allows visitors to scan QR codes next to each piece of art, which will reveal further detailed information, videos and facts about each piece within the collection. The Centre also provides visitors with the opportunity to complete the collection in the Mammals and Landscape (Suzanne & Walter Scott Galleries) and Human Scale galleries. Guests can participate in curating the last six images in each collection, using digital interactive technology. âThe foundation will use the power of Robert Bateman's art to inspire individuals, and particularly youth, to become personal change agents in how we treat our planet,â says Paul Gilbert, executive director for The Bateman Foundation. âThe Foundation has a bold vision of collaboration across generations, across ideologies, political persuasions, and economic situations and The Robert Bateman Centre will serve as the foundation's hub.âThe Robert Bateman Centre will be open Sunday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the summer. And visitors to Victoria who stay at the Inn at Laurel Point (www.laurelpoint.com) , just down the street from the centre, will receive 10 per cent off admission along with in and out privileges, simply by showing their room key. For more information on The Robert Bateman Centre, visit www.batemancentre.org. About The Robert Bateman CentreOpened in May 2013 in the Steamship Terminal along Victoria's Inner Harbour, The Robert Bateman Centre showcases more than 160 works by Robert Bateman, spanning his seven decades as one of Canada's premier artists. The exhibit invites guests to explore their relationship with the environment and pay homage to the majesty of nature. For more information, visit www.batemancentre.org.-30-Media Contacts:Deirdre Campbell, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199(cell) or firstname.lastname@example.orgBrian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838 or email@example.com Aimee Ippersiel, The Robert Bateman Centre: 250-940-3626 x305 or firstname.lastname@example.org