CALGARY, Alberta, July 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Contemporary Calgary hosted its annual LOOK fundraiser from June 6-16. With rallies and restrictions in place due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery has taken to the digital space to host its annual LOOK fundraiser which has been one of the most coveted events of the city since their inception in 2014. This year’s digital auction, which featured amazing artwork and experiences, raised over $ 150,000 for the gallery after spending.
“We are very grateful to the sponsors, donors, artists and community members who have supported us by placing bids on the items, especially after a very difficult year for all of us,” said David Leinster, Managing Director by Contemporary Calgary. “This support helps Contemporary Calgary continue to advance our mission of delivering world-class exhibitions and programs to our great city.
LOOK2021 was once again presented by Banque Nationale Banque Privée 1859 which has been the main sponsor of the gala since 2016. National Bank is a strong supporter of contemporary art in Canada, with one of the most important corporate art collections contemporary in the country.
“Banque Nationale Banque Privée 1859 was delighted to once again be the presenting sponsor of Contemporary Calgary’s annual LOOK fundraising event,” said Jeff Young, Regional Vice-President, Banque Nationale Banque Nationale 1859. auction , it was certainly no less impressive, with an incredible collection of art and experiences. We are grateful to Contemporary Calgary for promoting the democratization of contemporary art and celebrating local artists, and we were thrilled to be a part of LOOK2021.
Given the pandemic and the forced closures, it has been a difficult year for Contemporary Calgary, but it has also been a difficult year for practicing artists. LOOK2021 was once again showcasing incredible artwork, and with 30% of the hammer price going to donor artists, LOOK2021 offered the community the opportunity to support the gallery and artists in the community and across the country.
In addition to great art, this year’s auction featured a huge range of amazing and curated experiences for people to bid on and look forward to enjoying.
“With the province finally emerging from a year of restrictions, there was an incredible appetite to come back out into the world,” Leinster said. “From dinner parties at the gallery, craft beer for a year or weekend getaways to Longview, Victoria or Palm Springs, our auction had something for everyone, and the success of the way. whose experiments took place in the auction shows that people are looking forward to things getting back to normal, ”he added.
Contemporary Calgary officially reopened on June 17 after 9 months of closure with two exciting exhibitions. Everywhere We Are draws on one of Canada’s most important contemporary art collections and is organized and presented in collaboration between Contemporary Calgary and the Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary. Notes for Tomorrow, organized and broadcast by New York-based Independent Curators International, celebrates its Canadian debut at the gallery. Presenting works selected by curators from around the world, Notes for Tomorrow reflects on the new global reality ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic and this cultural moment of transition.
Contemporary Calgary is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 10 for single entry, or you can purchase an annual membership with free entry all year round for just $ 20.
Contemporary Calgary would like to thank our sponsors LOOK2021, in particular: presenting sponsor Banque Nationale Banque Privée 1859; presenting sponsor Holt Renfrew; Support Sponsor Mawer and Media Sponsor Avenue Magazine. We are also touched by a group of in-kind sponsors who have helped make LOOK2021 a huge success. For a list of these partners, please visit Contemporarycalgary.com/look2021
SOURCE: Contemporary Calgary
Kate Silver, Contemporary Calgary