Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada has posted a small surplus, despite seeing fewer visitors than expected pass its doors.
The Gallery’s 2006-’07 annual report, released yesterday, showed a small fiscal year-end surplus of $383,000, despite visitation of 365,158, which was 12,000 people fewer than the year before and nearly 25,000 fewer than projected by the Gallery.
“Part of the reason is due to the fact the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is closed,” said Joanne Charette, NGC’s director of Public Affairs. “We had to move the collection to a safe place, so we brought it here, but we had to reduce the programming.”
Charette also said lower summer tourism numbers also affected the gallery. However, the number of non-summer visitors to the gallery increased.
Travelling exhibitions from the National Gallery were successful last year, with more than 445,000 people taking in shows held outside of Ottawa.
The Emily Carr exhibition that travelled to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto last year was one of the largest draws of the Gallery’s 31 travelling exhibits.