ViewPoint Gallery is an artist-run co-operative, whose members are photographers working together to nurture and promote their artistic passion and the practice of their craft, to exhibit and market their work, and to actively engage in the cultural life of the broader photographic community.
ViewPoint Gallery presents a dynamic approach to the display of photography with a mixture of solo and group exhibitions. The Gallery continually displays work by all its members, and showcases individual members through month-long solo exhibitions, accompanied by artist talks, presentations and other events. In addition to the solo shows there are several group as well as guest exhibitions shown each year.
Founded in July, 2000, ViewPoint Gallery began as a joint project between a small group of Nova Scotian photographers and printmakers who desired a gallery space in which to display their work. Initially a major component of the gallery, the printmaker portion of the co-operative membership gradually dwindled over time, until in 2006, after 2 years with no printmaker members, the gallery formally shifted to focusing on promoting fine art photography exclusively.
Since its founding, ViewPoint Gallery has hosted over 140 exhibitions, bringing the finest of Nova Scotia’s photography to tens of thousands of visitors. In January 2008, ViewPoint moved to its new location at 1272 Barrington Street, in downtown Halifax. This new location moved ViewPoint Gallery to a street level, storefront location, near the centre of Halifax’s busy downtown. With the new location comes oppotunity for the Gallery to expand its operations, including a new Open Print Review and Guest Speaker series, and a partnership with PhotoWorkshops.ca to provide educational classes within the gallery’s new space.