About the Gallery
The Lookout Gallery is a place where people are invited to make meaningful connections between art, theology, and the human condition.
The Gallery exists to:
- enrich the life of Regent College through the celebration of creativity and excellence in the visual arts
- promote theological education and learning through engagement with the arts
- stimulate thought and reflection on the beauty and complexity of the world and on fundamental questions of meaning and identity
- foster dialogue and discussion about our shared humanity with those of other faiths and of none
- encourage active participation in the creative arts
A Brief History of the Lookout Gallery
When the Regent College building opened in 1988, the space occupied by the Lookout Gallery was originally intended as a boardroom and classroom. But the openness of the space didn’t quite work for meetings or classes. And so the purpose for the area remained for a time, until its potential as a space for art began to take shape.
Things started happening organically in the space: some walls were built to provide a studio for a fine arts professor on sabbatical, who painted on site and showed his work on the walls. Student Lindsey Farrell came to Regent from Australia on a government grant that stipulated a public exhibition of the work he did while at Regent. Well respected Vancouver artist John Koerner, with strong family ties to UBC, held an exhibition of his work in the space.
These shows indicated great promise for the space to become a formal art gallery that showcased first-rate artwork and brought together a virbant mix of people. Individuals such as Laurel Gasque worked very hard to promote the value of the new gallery, which officially opened in 1990 under the direction of Dal Schindell. Sculptor David Robinson held a very successful show here, and news of the Lookout Gallery spread throughout the city as he also began to exhibit elsewhere.
Over the past twenty-five years, the Lookout Gallery has thrived as a place where work by students, as well local and international artists, has been shown without the demands of the commercial gallery scene. This freedom has allowed emerging artists to have a place to exhibit their work. The College's commitment to allow the gallery to be a place of development and challenge has been key to its mandate.