January 18: With the strike over and all the jobs complete, the Gallery celebrates its re-opening with a “First Night” gala opening. Over 2,400 guests were greeted by Gallery President John Bulman; Minister of Tourism Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Honourable Laurent Desjardins; and Mr. John MacAulay, Honourary President of the Gallery. The WAG permanently opens to the public the next day. To hear artist Warren Carther discuss how he was inspired by the new gallery, click the link below.