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Artists of BC

British Columbia€„¢s artists past, present and future are brought together thanks to this wonderful museum and exhibition space.

"Designed by Patkau Architects of Vancouver, British Columbia, the Audain Art Museum is nestled in a grove of Englemann and Sitka Spruce hybrids and was designed to integrate seamlessly into its surroundings."

"The feeling is that the museum will be quietly inserted into a void within the forest," explains architect John Patkau. Patkau's design features a main section for the art collection of Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko, as well as a wing for temporary exhibits. The main section is two levels, with the first floor featuring 1,300 square metres (14,000 square feet) of exhibition space. The temporary exhibition wing is 557 square metres (6,000 square feet) and boasts a ceiling that will soar in places up to 9 metres (30 feet) in height. The Audain Art Museum's Permanent Collection of nearly 200 works of art is a visual journey through the history of art from coastal British Columbia. Spanning from the 18th century to present day, the Collection contains one of the world's finest collections of Northwest Coast First Nations masks; a large collection of works by Emily Carr, encompassing all periods of her artistic career; as well as art by important post-war modernists such as E.J. Hughes, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadbolt. In addition to these historical works, the Collection showcases art by internationally renowned, contemporary British Columbia artists including Jeff Wall, Dana Claxton, Marianne Nicolson and Stan Douglas, amongst others.

The interior design of exhibition elements and wayfinding was performed by Bricault Design, also based in Vancouver, who specialise in projects in architecture, interior design, graphic design, and product development. Bricault's collective background includes academic training in architecture, industrial design, and fine arts, as well as millwork and project management experience, making their selection of ClickNetherfield quite a natural one.

We were originally contacted by Bricault Design in late 2014 to support the design development process, budget estimating and ultimately final design of the First Nations and special exhibition cases for the Emily Carr galleries.

Oversized, angular and architecturally integrated cases span floor to ceiling, wall to wall, providing the visitor with an intimate view of the artefacts. Integrated fully dimmable, adjustable and concealed LED driven fibre optic lighting provide both pinpoint highlighting and soft wall wash detailing within the fully bespoke cases. Installed over the Summer of 2015 with a Grand Opening in March 2016, the new Audain Art Museum will showcase some of our finest work in North America, rivalling institutions many times larger. ClickNetherfield USA once again teamed with Kubik in fabricating a comprehensive turnkey package of the built-in cases, architectural surrounds, structurally engineered supports and a floor to ceiling 'column case' which mimics the three massive wall cases.

With seismic structural engineering, LED driven fibre optic lighting, massive yet simple to operate hinged glass panels with surface bonded details throughout, the Audain Art Museum cases are amongst the finest examples of our work anywhere in the world.

The Audain Art Museum celebrated their Grand Gala Opening on March 5th 2016.

"The feeling is that the museum will be quietly inserted into a void within the forest"

John Patkau, architect

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"Permanent Collection of nearly 200 works of art is a visual journey through the history of art from coastal British Columbia"


Audain Art Museum


March 2016


bricault design

Cases Used

custom, inca, vista