Art Gallery of Alberta

Famed entrepreneur and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson to speak at your AGA about his two unique “collections”.

Edmonton, AB (April 7/14)W. Brett Wilson, well-known Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and ‘Dragon Emeritus’ from the hit CBC show Dragons’ Den, will be giving a special talk for the first time ever on the subject of his two very unique prairie influenced collections at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm.

One of Canada’s most recognized entrepreneurs, W. Brett Wilson is also a serious collector. In this premiere talk on the subject, Wilson will speak about his two distinct and very large prairie influenced collections—one of which is focused on artworks exclusively by Saskatchewan-based artists dating back over the last 100 years; the second is his collection of well-preserved (but never restored) antique horse-drawn carriages dating back to the mid-1800s.

Tickets are $15/$8 AGA Members and free for Ultra and Curator’s Circle Members and Artist Patrons; tickets are available online at youraga.ca, in person at AGA Member and Guest Services or by phone at 780.422.6223.

The AGA Presents: W. Brett Wilson

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
Tickets: $15/$8 AGA Members
Free for Ultra and Curator’s Circle Members and Artist Patrons.

W. Brett Wilson is a Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and still the all-time leading deal maker on CBC’s hit TV show, Dragons’ Den. Hailing from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he has a regular column on entrepreneurship in the National Post and is the author of the Canadian bestseller Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes. He invests in the energy, agriculture, real estate, sports and entertainment industries through his primary holding company, Prairie Merchant Corporation. He has degrees in engineering and business and is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Often described as a “capitalist with a heart”, Wilson sees corporate social responsibility not as an obligation but as an opportunity and believes that strategic philanthropy can create major social and economic benefits.

This talk is being presented just ahead of Art on the Block, the AGA’s silent art auction fundraiser, on May 2. Art on the Block is an amazing opportunity for new and established collectors to purchase works of art by leading local and national artists. Tickets and more information about the event can be found at artontheblock.youraga.ca.


For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse
Communications Specialist
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca
T: 780.392.2468


ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.