1948, a key event occurred that would have long-ranging implications. During its first term in office, T.C. Douglas’ CCF provincial government created the SASKATCHEWAN ARTS BOARD, the second arts council in the world and modeled after The British Arts Council. Through an Order-in-Council, Premier Douglas was quoted as saying:
“The people of the Prairies are hungry … for things of the mind and the spirit: good music,
literature, paintings and folk songs.”
Weyburn Arts Council was the first arts council established in Saskatchewan in 1964 by a City bylaw, and is governed by a 10-member volunteer board.
The council is funded by grants, fees and donations which are graciously accepted. As a non-profit charitable organization, Weyburn Arts Council can issue charitable donation receipts. Legacies or bequeathments are accepted.
Weyburn Arts Council is an affiliate of the Saskatchewan Arts Council and a member of the Museum Association of Saskatchewan. We are an advisory board overseeing the City of Weyburn galleries (Allie Griffin, Credit Union and Signal Hill) and programming. As well, we manage the City of Weyburn permanent arts collection.
2019 WAC Members
Chair: Jessica Payette
Vice-Chair: Carol Reeve
Treasurer: Elizabeth Lambe
Secretary: Tanya Musk
Directors: Linda Aiken, Krista Klemmer, Tana Torkelson, Olha Matiusheva and Tasha Hill
Interested in becoming a WAC member?
Check out the brochure and application form for more information!
Weyburn Arts Council Mission
To provide the opportunity to experience art in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.
The Purpose of an Arts Council is to provide leadership in the education, promotion, presentation and preservation of the arts in our community.
City of Weyburn Permanent Art Collection
The permanent art collection is managed by the City of Weyburn. New works are purchased that fit the criteria of documenting life and history of our locale and province. We do not accept related donated artwork. The works are kept in a secure and environmentally safe environment (they are generally displayed yearly). Some works are presently displayed in City Hall offices and open spaces.
THE ALLIE GRIFFIN ART GALLERY
Located on lower level of the Weyburn Public Library (45 Bison Ave.)
This is our largest gallery, primarily showing exhibits by established artists. We utilize the Saskatchewan Art Council’s “Art on the Move” program to bring high quality shows by nationally and provincially acclaimed artists. This gallery also plays host to the annual James Weir People’s Choice in January, and the Local Adjudication winners show in April.
SIGNAL HILL ARTS CENTRE GALLERY
Located at Signal Hill Arts Centre (424 – 10th Ave. SE)
This gallery exhibits local artists and artist groups. Being located at the Signal Hill Arts Centre (SHAC), we have a lot of leeway in this gallery and are able to host larger joint exhibitions. Every March-April, the Local Adjudication takes place, starting in the gallery and spilling out to take over the two whole floors of the SHAC.
CREDIT UNION GALLERY
Located at the Weyburn Credit Union (205 Coteau Ave.)
Focused on emerging local talent, this gallery often gets the honour of being the first show for many artists.