HISTORY

The James Baird Gallery commenced operations in 1989 in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada marketing local artists to the world.

Over time through our establishment and operation of the Pouch Cove Foundation, the visual artist residency program located north of the city, it has built connections with many nationally and internationally recognized artists.

In the quarter century since inception the gallery has had numerous solo, group and themed exhibitions at its facilities, at other commercial and public venues throughout Canada, in the United States, South America and Europe.

The gallery has welcomed outside curators, created pop up events, held juried exhibitions, published monographs, books and numerous posters, been involved with site specific installations and performances, assisted in the establishment of other galleries, and acted in many different capacities in furthering the interests of our artists and clients.

ART CONSULTING

Our only rule is "Buy what you love."

Building an art collection essentially involves deciding who should we collect and where should we put the art? James Baird's role as an art consultant will try to answer these questions making the assembly of an art collection a meaningful and rewarding experience. Our role is to escort clients through the sometime perplexing world of the visual arts. There are many galleries throughout the country: the process of art selection can be a daunting experience.

When dealing with corporate collections we assist in assuring that the collection reflect the sensibilities of the corporation. Establishing a mission statement for the corporation's collection, then presenting a variety of works that both fulfill that mandate and provide a positive working environment.

Once the basis of the collection has been established, we will assist with all explorations through slides, studio visits, gallery visits, etc. We will develop short lists of art work, allowing you to try art out in your space, and then make selections that will best reflect your goals.

We provide background and biographical details on each artist: pamphlets, exhibition catalogues, reviews in art magazines etc.. James Baird can also arrange artist visits to the client's site and when appropriate develop site specific works to suit the client.

FINANCING

James Baird offers rental agreements, leasing contracts as well as interest free financing to clients of the gallery. Please inquire as to how we can assist you make the best choice for your circumstance.

INSTALLATION

James Baird offers a variety of practical services.

  • * Artwork selection and placement
  • * Deliveries
  • * Installation
  • * Crating and storage
  • * Arrange shipments worldwide

APPRAISALS

James Baird can appraise works of art for insurance valuations, for resale and for gifting. The cost of insurance appraisal is generally free if the client will endeavour to provide the necessary pertinent data.

CONSERVATION

James Baird can assist you in all manner of conservation and restoration requirements. Through our associations with fully qualified professional art restorers, paper conservators and other fine art professionals, James Baird can facilitate the repair or refurbishment of damaged works of art.

SECONDARY MARKET

In an effort to ensure that our client's are always pleased with the art works that they have acquired from James Baird>Pouch Cove, we have maintained a policy that we will accept any art work that we have sold as a trade in on any other piece of art the gallery offers for sale.

While no fixed amount or percentage can be calculated from acquisition, we have consistently supported both our artists and our clients through this policy.

James Baird also accepts art by many artists as a "trade in" on a new acquisition from our inventory.

James Baird also accepts work on consignment for resale.