Accessibility Commitment

MSVU Art Gallery strives to make its collections, exhibitions, programs and services accessible to all visitors. This includes ensuring a safe, dignified and welcoming environment that complies with accessibility legislation and regulations. To uphold this commitment, MSVU Art Gallery is dedicated to identifying, preventing and removing barriers to participation in a timely and effective manner. If concerns arise while visiting the Gallery, visitors are encouraged to discuss the issue with the Gallery Attendant on duty or contact the Gallery Director by phone or email at any time.

Information about accessibility for exhibitions and events is available throughout the MSVU Art Gallery website. American Sign Language interpretation is available for all public programs. Advance request at least 10 days before scheduled events is necessary to ensure an interpreter is available. Please contact the gallery (902.457.6160 / art.gallery@msvu.ca) to request an interpreter or for more information about accessibility.

Consistent with the principle that exhibition spaces are civic spaces, the gallery is committed to normalizing accessible presentation practices throughout its public programs.

Since many contemporary artists treat art making as a form of inquiry, the university galleries are uniquely positioned to promote access to their work. MSVU Art Gallery aims to foster informed, critical responses to works of contemporary and historical art, in keeping with its academic setting. Gallery publications, lectures and talks by visiting artists and scholars are announced in the semi-annual Newsletter.

The Gallery encourages interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge, and its exhibitions are used by students and faculty in their course work. In addition, the gallery supports the MSVU Cultural Studies curriculum.

On behalf of the University, MSVU Art Gallery manages a collection of art that reflects priorities set by the exhibition program and the University’s mission. Many works can be viewed in the E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre. The special collection of wares by Nova Scotia ceramicist and Mount alumna Alice Hagen is also displayed on campus.

About the Art Gallery Space

MSVU Art Gallery has a large exhibition space on the ground floor and a smaller mezzanine gallery on the second floor, which can be reached via stairs inside the gallery or a nearby elevator. The floor is level in all gallery spaces and on-site seating includes benches and chairs. Lighting in the space varies depending on exhibition design.

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Automatic Doors

Seton Academic Centre main entrance has an automatic door opener and two of the Gallery’s three entrances have automatic door openers.

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Elevators

Elevator buttons are a minimum of 135 cm above the floor and may be difficult to reach for some people or certain kinds of wheelchairs – Gallery Attendants can assist with elevators.

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Service Animals

Certified service animals are welcome in the Art Gallery and drinking water is available upon request.

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Viewing Height

Art is installed at a lower viewing level.

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Washrooms

There are multi-stall gendered washrooms on the ground floor near the main gallery entrance. Neither of these have automated doors.

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Accessible Washrooms

There is a single-stall washroom on the 4th floor of the building, accessible by elevator but the door is not automated. This washroom is not clearly marked as “gender neutral” but is available for everyone. Gallery Attendants can assist visitors in finding this washroom.

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Water Fountain

A water fountain is on the ground floor near the gallery entrance.

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Wheelchair Loan

There is a manual wheelchair available for visitors to borrow.