What does an art gallery have to do with Confederation?
Charlottetown is the birthplace of Confederation, an important part of the history of Canada. The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is located within the Confederation Centre of the Arts, which was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 6, 1964, as Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and their historic Charlottetown meeting, the constitutional conference of 1864, which eventually led to the formation of the country.
As a result of its commemorative responsibilities, the Confederation Centre of the Arts has as its purpose "to celebrate and interpret the origins and evolution of Canada through heritage and the arts." The Confederation Centre Art Gallery has a special role to play within the Confederation Centre, presenting art as a way of thinking about and interpreting Canadian history and cultural identity. The historical and contemporary art work that is within the gallery's collection as well as that which is shown within its ongoing program of exhibitions contributes to the overall collection of stories that make up Canada.