Saturday, September 5, 2015
It never occurred to me that Vancouver's Gallery Gachet took its name from the doctor whom Theo Van Gogh asked to treat his ailing brother, Vincent, during his final days.
This is what happens when a person, a place or a thing enters the news cycle; in our attempt to know more, we make connections made prior to them occurring to us.
According to CKNW, the Vancouver Coastal Health is cutting their $126k per annum contribution to Gallery Gachet because the gallery does not have a "clear health mandate." This figure amounts to half of the gallery's annual budget.
For those concerned about Gachet's future (or indeed the future of any public art centre whose mandate extends beyond aesthetics), the gallery is hosting an emergency meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 6pm.