You helped make it happen! Thank you!

The City of Duncan Mayor and Council voted unanimously on February 22 to extend an option to CPAG to purchase 135 Kenneth Street. Here’s the motion that was passed:

“That Council direct staff to maintain the current gravel parking lot use of the 135 Kenneth Street lot and negotiate a purchase option with the Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society for future purchase of the property at an appraised value at the time the option is exercised and including registration of a pedestrian Right of Way.”

This means the lot is “reserved” for CPAG, giving us time to raise the estimated $35 million to create an international-calibre art gallery. There is no cost to taxpayers & the lot will continue to provide parking for the foreseeable future.

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click on the image below to see a larger version (street view: May 2018…not much different today)


What happens now?

Fundraise. Fundraise. Fundraise. Won’t it be a great thing to see $35 million spent in our community? We’re working with our Project Champions, advocating for capital investment. Our Gallery Champions are: MP Alistair MacGregor, MLA Sonia Furstenau & MLA Doug Routley.

We’re launching our first public fundraising campaign in the next few weeks. We so appreciate the generous support from our community – cash, sponsorship, in-kind & advocacy. That’s what made it possible for CPAG to reach this milestone & reserve a location for what will be the largest art gallery on Vancouver Island.

Of course, no need to wait for the campaign, you can DONATE NOW. CPAG is a registered charity, contributions are tax deductible.


What’s the next big thing?

CPAG is developing an intimate art gallery in the Green Door Heritage Building in Downtown Duncan. And we’ll continue our annual exhibition series – Watch for news, dates & times for the IceBear Exhibition coming next!!

Want to know more?  Click on the image below to see our latest Cowichan Gallery promo video