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Public Spaces and Facility Standards

 

The Main Floor

 

Click on the icon above for detailed view of main floor public spaces.

The main floor of The Nickle Arts Museum contains four separate but contiguous public spaces; the Main Gallery, the East Gallery, the Coin Room and the Museum Shop.


The Main and East Galleries;

One of the best exhibition spaces in western Canada, it totals over 12,000 sq. ft. of (9,000 sq. ft. in the Main Gallery, 2,520 sq. ft. in the East Gallery). The galleries can also accommodate lectures and gallery talks for up to 300 people and special functions (such as opening receptions) for up to 600 people.

Both spaces can be used as one to accommodate large scale exhibitions and a portable wall system is available to extend the total running footage of the galleries.


The Coin Room;

The Coin Room houses both permanent and rotating displays of The Nickle Arts Museum's numismatics collection as well as traveling exhibitions of a Numismatic or Archeological nature. The coins on display represent about 2% of the museum's collection of 16,000 numismatics items.


The Museum Shop;

The Museum Shop offers one of the most extensive selections of Canadian exhibition catalogues and books in the city as well as unique gift items. It also sells all catalogues, past and present, published by The Nickle Arts Museum. Admission to the shop is free and it is open during regular museum hours.



The Second Floor


Click on the icon above for detailed view of the Second Floor gallery (formerly known as The Teaching Gallery) and storage space.

The Jean and Marie Erikson Collection;

The second floor of
The Nickle Arts Museum (formerly called The Teaching Gallery) is now home to the largest public collection of rugs in Canada. The rugs date from the 16th to mid 20th century and are predominantly tribal in origin. Most are from Turkey, Persia or the Caucasus regions of East Asia. The collection will be on exhibition on a permanent rotating basis and eventually made available through accessible storage. The exhibition space can also accomodate lectures for up to 50 people.

 

Facility standards at a glance

 

 Lighting

 Environment

 Running Length
(Minimum)

Area

 Alarm System

 Main Gallery

 Electronic Dimmers

50% RH (summer)
35% RH (winter)
20 C

 85 m

 836 sq. m

 24 hr.
multi-point
monitored

 East Gallery

 Electronic Dimmers

 50% RH (summer)
35% RH (winter)
20 C

 61 m

 234 sq. m

 24 hr.
multi-point
monitored

 Coin Room

 Track lighting

 50% RH (summer)
35% RH (winter)
20 C 

 30.5 m

 75 sq. m

 24 hr.
multi-point
monitored

 Jean and Marie Erikson Collection

 Track lighting

 50% RH (summer)
35% RH (winter)
20 C

 55 m

 193 sq. m

 24 hr.
multi-point
monitored

 


 

Facilities and Standards

The Lighting Systems:

In the Main and East Galleries, fixtures are halogen type incandescent spots and floods hung from a rigid pipe grid and controlled by electronic dimmers (24 dimming and 6 non-dimming circuits). Numerous areas of the galleries can be isolated and any level of illumination can be achieved in each gallery independently.

In the Coin Room and the Teaching Gallery, track lighting is in place using standard flood and spot type lamps. Light levels are controlled by replacing the lamps with ones of appropriate wattage. Daylight and fluorescent light are excluded from all exhibition areas.

Light levels in all galleries are maintained in accordance with standard Canadian conservation practices as outlined by The Canadian Conservation Institute or in accordance with the instructions provided by the source of the exhibition.


Environmental Controls:

All exhibition, holding and preparation areas are controlled with respect to temperature and relative humidity. The following standards are maintained;

 Temperature 20 degrees C plus or minus 2%
Relative Humidity

50% RH (summer)
35% RH (winter)
+ or - 2% RH

Temperature and humidity are constantly monitored and other aspects of air quality are monitored on a regular basis. Equipment is also upgraded on a regular basis.



Security and Fire Prevention:

The Nickle Arts Museum is equipped with a state of the art interlocking, multidimensional security system which is maintained by the Telecommunications Department at The University of Calgary and monitored 24 hours a day by Campus Security. The University Campus security force is the first response in the event of an emergency. Their dispatch center is next door to the museum, allowing for a very rapid response time. The recent installation of a campus wide outdoor closed circuit television system allows Campus Security to monitor the exterior of the museum on a 24 hr. basis as well.

During regular opening hours, the museum staff provides exhibition security. In-house security procedures and regulations are in place during operating hours and vary according to the needs of the individual exhibitions. Additional security personnel can be hired when necessary.

Surveillance cameras have been permanently installed in the museum and additional cameras can be added on either a permanent or a temporary basis. The closed circuit television system was upgraded in the fall of 2003 and includes a digital recording function.

The fire alarm system is equally state of the art and is maintained and updated on a regular basis by The University of Calgary Safety Services and Maintenance Department. It uses a combination of smoke and heat detectors and is connected directly to the Calgary Fire Department. There is a fire hall located less than 1 km. from the museum.



Shipping, Receiving and Exhibition Preparation:

The museum is equipped with a ground level loading area with a forklift available for heavy objects. Loading, preparation and holding areas are humidity and temperature controlled. Our two highly experienced preparators also handle shipping and receiving. Standard museum handling practices are followed.

A wide variety of display techniques are used. Our staff regularly attend seminars and training sessions on exhibition design and display construction. Many different display units are available in house, with the capacity to construct to specifications as needed.


For further information please contact us at;

The Nickle Arts Museum
c/o The University of Calgary
2500 University Dr. N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2N 1N4

Or e-mail us at nickle@acs.ucalgary.ca