Lord Cultural Resources will study the costs and benefits of a new, larger facility for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The Ontario-based consulting firm was the successful bidder on the feasibility study and will begin Monday, Oct. 24. The governments of Nova Scotia and Canada and the art gallery are paying for the $120,000 study, which will examine the costs of designing, constructing and managing a new Halifax facility. It will also forecast operating costs and revenue potential. “The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is one of our most vital cultural spaces and an asset not only to the arts community, but to the provincial economy,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “This study is a step toward a revitalized gallery that will provide even better services to Nova Scotians and visitors.” “We are pleased to help the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia undertake this strategic analysis,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt. “The gallery, its holdings and exhibits, are an incredibly important part of our region’s artistic and cultural heritage and our combined goal must be to ensure it continues to make a valuable contribution to the lives of Nova Scotians for generations to come.” Lord Cultural Resources is a global firm that has worked on more than 1,800 projects in 48 countries, developing an international reputation for excellence and innovation in the heritage, arts and culture sector. “On behalf of the board of governors of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, we are pleased to be working with Lord Cultural Resources and we look forward to their completed study in the new year,” said Mark Bursey, chair of the AGNS board of governors. The consulting firm will work with Nova Scotia companies WHW Architects, RBR Development Associates and A.L. Arbic Consulting on the study, which is expected to be complete by early spring.