Robert Bateman Centre secures high-profile Victoria harbour location

World-renowned artist's gallery, store and educational space slated for CPR Steamship building

The Bateman Foundation is establishing a centre for art and education in the newly-renovated CPR Steamship Terminal.

It has signed an agreement with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, subject to final lease negotiations, for a 5,000-square-foot gallery, retail store, educational and office space. It will be located on the second, third and fourth floor.

“Needless to say this is a dream come true, but it is far beyond any wildest dreams I could imagine,” the world-renowed artist said in a press release.

Renovations will begin Aug. 1 and the gallery is targeted to open in spring 2013.

The Bateman Foundation supports educational programs that promote engagement with nature, especially for youth, policy-makers, families and First Nations.

Originally, the centre was planned at Royal Roads University.

“We will continue our very active collaboration with Royal Roads University in environment and sustainability education and research,” said executive director, Paul Gilbert. “This new location helps us add other strategic partners to the team including the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Learning Institute.”

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