Media Centre

Media Centre

Media Contact: 

The Rooms is happy to engage with media locally, nationally and internationally on our campaigns, exhibitions, and the art, archives, artifacts and activities that find a home in our important cultural centre. 

Media contact

Jena Mitchell
Marketing Manager
709-757-8144

jenamitchell@therooms.ca
 

Fast Facts about The Rooms

1. The Rooms opened June 29, 2005 with a gala attended by over 5,000 people.

2. Dean Brinton was named CEO of The Rooms Corporation in 2005, and continues to lead The Rooms as it enters its second decade.

3. The Rooms brought together the Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum to create a single, dynamic and multidisciplinary cultural institution.

4. In its first decade, almost 800,000 thousand people visited The Rooms. That number is now close to one million.

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News Releases

November 9, 2018

The Rooms has digitized the Military Service Files of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and Newfoundland Forestry Corps

The Rooms has completed a multi-year project to digitize all First World War military service files and personnel records of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the Newfoundland Forestry Corps. In 2015 The Rooms launched the project as part of the commemoration of Newfoundland and Labrador’s role in the First World War. The project to digitize all the service files is now complete – ensuring that all individuals who served are preserved and represented. More.

October 12, 2018

Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Action and Bravery at Drie Masten, Belgium

The Honourable Seamus O’ Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs; Betty Parsley, MHA for Harbour Main; Earl Ludlow, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors of The Rooms Corporation; and Ronald Penney, Royal Newfoundland Regiment Advisory Committee, will address the public and invited guests on Sunday, October 14, at 1:15 pm at The Rooms as part of the commemoration ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the attack at Drie Masten. More.

August 13, 2018

The Rooms contributes $15,000 to Military Family Resource Centres in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Board of Directors and staff of The Rooms Corporation are very pleased to contribute part of the proceeds from the sale of pewter forget-me-nots in support of military families in our province. More.

June 21, 2018

The Rooms Announces Indigenous Artist in Residence Program

In observation of National Indigenous Peoples Day, and to celebrate the heritage and diverse cultures of the Indigenous peoples of our province, The Rooms, in partnership with Eastern Edge Gallery, has created a new opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous artists. More.

May 8, 2018

The Rooms Unveils First World War Exhibition Catalogue

The Rooms Corporation launched a companion catalogue Monday for the exhibition Beaumont-Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at War and at Home 1914-1949. Sylvain Vinet, Region Head, Eastern Canada Region, CIBC, joined Dean Brinton, CEO The Rooms Corporation to make the announcement. More.

April 17, 2018

The Rooms Wins Two International Business Communications Awards

The Rooms has been named the recipient of two Gold Quill Awards by the International Association of Business Communicators. The Rooms captured the 2018 Gold Quill Award of Excellence in Marketing, Advertising and Brand Communication for the Remember Them at The Rooms campaign, as well as the 2018 Gold Quill Award of Excellence in the Audio/Visual category for the Sing You Home campaign launch video. More.

April 13, 2018

The Rooms Receives Award of Outstanding Achievement in Education

The Canadian Museums Association honoured The Rooms with the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Education for the exhibition catalogue SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut at an event last night in Vancouver. More.

March 14, 2018

Provincial Government Announces Appointments to The Rooms Corporation Board of Directors

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today announced appointments and re-appointments to the Board of Directors of The Rooms Corporation. More.

March 5, 2018

Statement by Dean Brinton, CEO, The Rooms

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January 12, 2018

Canada Council for the Arts Increases Funding to The Rooms

The Rooms has received a significant funding increase from the Canada Council for the Arts with the operating grant increasing by 74 per cent, for a total of $330,000 over two years. This is the first funding increase that the Provincial Art Gallery has received from the Canada Council for the Arts since becoming part of The Rooms in 2005. More.

December 12, 2017

CEO of The Rooms Recognized with Nation's Top Civic Decoration

Dean Brinton, CEO of The Rooms Corporation, was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal in the Civil Division by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, today at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. More.

November 22, 2017

The Rooms Selected as Finalist for Governor General’s History Award

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has selected the exhibition Beaumont-Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou: Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at War and at Home 1914-1949 as one of three finalists for this year’s Excellence in Museums: The History Alive! Award. More.

November 9, 2017

Vimy Flight Team Makes Final Stop of Cross-Canada Tour at The Rooms

Vimy Flight, a team of volunteer pilots and ground support is making the final stop of its cross-Canada tour in St. John’s on Friday, November 10, at The Rooms, beginning at 1:00 p.m. More.

September 27, 2017

The Rooms Reduces Administrative Costs to Offer More Visual Arts Exhibitions to Visitors and Residents

The Rooms Corporation is pleased to announce that Anne Chafe, Director of the Museum Division of The Rooms, will be adding administrative leadership of the Art Gallery Division to her current duties. More.

April 13, 2017

The Rooms Launches First World War Online Exhibition and Virtual Tour 

The Rooms continues its First World War commemorative efforts with the launch of a bilingual online exhibition entitled Beaumont-Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou: Newfoundland and Labradorians at War and at Home 1914-1949. It features new stories, a 3D virtual tour of the physical exhibition and a special section dedicated to the battle at Beaumont Hamel. More.

June 29, 2016

RBC contributes $250,000 to the Where Once They Stood We Stand Capital Campaign for First World War Commemoration at The Rooms

Colin Krulicki, Regional Vice-President, RBC, and Gary Corcoran, Vice-President and Branch Manager, RBC, presented Tom Foran, Chair and Dean Brinton, CEO of The Rooms Corporation, with a cheque for $250,000 towards the Where Once They Stood We Stand Capital Campaign. More.

June 15, 2016

Scotiabank Joins Province in First World War Commemoration - Funds New Volunteer Program at The Rooms 

Today, Ken Birmingham, District Vice President, Newfoundland Southeast and Labrador District at Scotiabank, presented Tom Foran, Chair of The Rooms Corporation, and Dean Brinton, CEO of The Rooms Corporation with a $350,000 donation to The Rooms Where Once They Stood We Stand capital campaign. More.

June 7, 2016

Where Once They Stood We Stand Capital Campaign Reaches $11.1 Million

Today, Sylvain Vinet, Senior Vice President, Retail Markets, Eastern Canada for CIBC, presented Tom Foran, Chair of The Rooms Corporation, and Dean Brinton, CEO of The Rooms Corporation with $100,000 donation to The Rooms Where Once They Stood We Stand capital campaign. This brings the total raised to date to $11.1 million. More.

February 1, 2016

Commemorating Our First World War Story

This afternoon, the Honourable Brian Tobin, PC, OC, former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Vice-Chair, BMO Capital Markets, and Victor Pellegrino, Senior Vice-President, Atlantic Provinces Division, BMO Bank of Montreal, presented a major donation of $1,000,000 towards The Rooms Where Once They Stood We Stand Capital Campaign for First World War Commemoration. More.

October 29, 2015

Commemorating Our Province's History

On Thursday morning, The Rooms launched the Remember Them at The Rooms public campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Beaumont-Hamel and Newfoundland and Labrador's involvement in the First World War. General Rick Hillier and Tom Foran, co-chairs of The Rooms First World War Capital Campaign, and Dean Brinton, CEO of The Rooms Corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador, unveiled the Where Once They Stood We Stand donor acknowledgement wall, recognizing the major contributors to the capital campaign to date. More.

June 26, 2015

Province's Cultural Heritage Continues to be Celebrated

On June 29, 2005, Newfoundland and Labrador opened the doors to a new era of celebrating our culture and preserving our heritage. In the decade since The Rooms opened, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have come to recognize it as an emblem of their passion and pride of place. Visitors have included thousands of school children from across the province, tourists from around the world, British royalty, the Governor General, premiers from every region of Canada, international dignitaries and ambassadors, and of course our nearby friends and neighbours. More.

June 4, 2015

Fortis Steps Forward as Centennial Leader Corporate with $3.25 Million Donation to Support First World War Commemoration 

Today, Barry Perry, President and CEO of Fortis Inc. presented a cheque for $3.25 million to General Rick Hillier and Tom Foran, Co-Chairs of the Where Once They Stood We Stand Capital Campaign, to support the commemoration of our province’s contributions to the First World War. The contribution from Fortis is the largest known corporate donation ever made to a cultural institution in Atlantic Canada. More

May 29, 2015

The Rooms Announces an Extraordinary Legacy Donation from Centennial Leader Individual, Elinor Gill Ratcillfe

The Rooms announced today that local philanthropist, Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, has given an additional $1 million to The Rooms towards the Where Once They Stood We Stand Capital Campaign for the First World War commemoration. Ms. Gill Ratcliffe will name the gallery to contain the First World War exhibition The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery. Today’s gift brings her total contribution to $3.25 million. More

May 28, 2015

Students Explore Canada’s North Like Never Before with the Arctic Alive! Giant Floor Map

Newfoundland and Labrador students will have the opportunity to “walk” across Canada’s Arctic and challenge their perceptions of the North. This new educational project produced by Canadian Geographic Education and the Canadian Museum of Nature and sponsored by Subsea 7 will be on display at The Rooms this coming weekend. The Arctic Alive: Explore the natural history of Canada’s Arctic program includes a giant floor map, measuring eight metres x 11 metres, that can be easily rolled out in gyms or large rooms. The map is part of a portable learning kit that will be available to schools across Newfoundland and Labrador starting in September 2015. More

February 25, 2015

Exhibition and Concert Honours Generosity of Edwin Procunier

Memorial University and The Rooms are celebrating the single largest bequest to the university’s School of Music and an extraordinary donation of fine art to this province with a series of special events. On Friday, February 27, a special Faculty Gala Concert at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall will pay tribute to the late Edwin Procunier, a Newfoundlander and Labradorian and long-time supporter of the arts who passed away in 2011 at the age of 83. More

September 24, 2014

Newly Discovered Fossil on Display at The Rooms

An internationally significant fossil, discovered recently on the Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador, is now being housed at The Rooms for conservation, safe keeping, future research and public viewing. Haootia Quadriformis, believed to be the earliest evidence of muscular tissue found on record, dates back 560 million years and impacts the current understanding of the origin of animals. More

February 7, 2013 

Director/Chief Curator Announced for The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Division

The Rooms Corporation has appointed a new Director/Chief Curator of the Provincial Art Gallery. Vicky Chainey Gagnon will assume the position at The Rooms on July 1 of this year. “The Rooms is embarking on its 10th year of operation, and we are tremendously proud of our accomplishments to date," said Dean Brinton, CEO, The Rooms Corporation. "Ms. Chainey Gagnon’s appointment signals an evolution in the art gallery division, moving towards a truly interdisciplinary approach to engage the public in dynamic new ways.” More

November 6, 2013

The Rooms Launches First World War Campaign with $2.5 Million Donation 

The Rooms Corporation today announced its multi-year plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel and the First World War. Co-chaired by General Rick Hillier, former Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Forces, and Seamus O’Regan, The Rooms Board of Directors, the Where Once They Stood We Stand campaign will commemorate the province’s role in the Great War. General Hillier and Mr. O’Regan were joined by Tom Foran, Chair of The Rooms Corporation and Dean Brinton, CEO, The Rooms Corporation, for the announcement. More