The renovation and expansion of the WAG’s basement vault begins, long delayed since it was first proposed in 1992.
For the $2.25 million renovations to take place, the collection had to be moved out of the main storage vaults to off-site storage and into what are currently galleries one, two, and four, which are then closed to the public. In addition to refurbishing the main vault area, new features include separate photography and decorative arts vaults, as well as an art transit room to house works of art that had not yet been formally acquired by the Gallery. A new mist sprinkler system was also installed, the first of its kind in Canada. The WAG uses the vault expansion to make much needed upgrades to the security and ventilation systems.