Major cyber-gallery unveiled
By Mark Vaughan-Jackson. The Telegram
April 16, 1998. Copyright © 1998, The Telegram. Reprinted with permission. The Telegram can be reached on the web at
At the touch of a button Lt.-Gov. Max
House has launched one of the largest
collections of Newfoundland art into
Lt.-Gov. Max House launches the
SchoolNet Digital Collections sponsored Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador
Reproduced by permission of The Gazette. Photo ©1998
House was guest of honor at the Art
Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador
(AGNL) Wednesday to unveil a new
Web site which contains more than 400
images drawn from the permanent collection held by the gallery.
Featuring works by such artists as
Christopher Pratt, Gerry Squires, Don
Wright and others, the works are either
by artists who live here, or have work
connected to the province in some way.
The new Web site collection was
funded by Industry Canada's Schoolnet
Digital Collections project and
coordinated by Memorial University of
Newfoundland's Smallwood Centre for
Newfoundland Studies and the
Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage
It's also been something of a pet project for MUN dean of arts Terry
Murphy said the numerous benefits
the online gallery will bring make the
roughly $20,000 price tag a good
"From our point of view the first reason is that we're constructing an even larger heritage Web site, trying to use the Internet to provide a valuable educational resource and also as a means of promoting knowledge and interest in Newfoundland and Labrador around the world via this means of communication" he said.
That heritage site was launched last
year as a joint project by the CRB
Foundation, the group responsible for
those Heritage Minute segments on
television, and MUN's Smallwood
Centre for Newfoundland Studies.
Murphy said adding images from the
AGNL's permanent collection to the
heritage site was a logical step since the
gallery's holdings are "arguably the most important collection of visual arts material in the province..."
The new Web site also fits well with
AGNL's ongoing education programs,
"They've done everything they can to promote public education about the visual arts, including bringing several groups of school children into the gallery," he said.
"By putting the images on the site it makes them accessible to students all over the province and in fact the country and the world."
Murphy added that given these 400
images represent perhaps one-tenth of
the entire permanent collection - using
the Web site increases the amount of the
collection available for public view at
any one time regardless of how many
paintings the gallery can actually hang
on its walls.
There are other more tangible benefits
too, Murphy said, pointing to the extensive
information technology training
and experience gained by the team who
constructed the new site.
The online gallery will be accessible
through two sites on the Internet: the
SchoolNet site and the Newfoundland and
Labrador Heritage site at
In addition to the images, the site will
feature biographies on some 30 artists
as well as interpretative writings on the
gallery, the collection and works.
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