New Tribute to Robert Manuge

Image from the Manuge Event

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia honours entrepreneur Robert Manuge in partnership with Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. and the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation

Halifax, March 31, 2016— In partnership with Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. and the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia honoured the contributions of noted business development executive and longtime supporter of the arts, the late Robert (Bob) Manuge, during a reception today. The tribute included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, as well as a designated feature wall in the Gallery’s main entrance to showcase a rotation of works by emerging professional artists making their mark on regional and international stages.

A pioneer in investment attraction and an energetic entrepreneur, Bob Manuge valued fine art and actively championed the sector. As owner and operator of Halifax’s Manuge Galleries Ltd., he understood what prominent companies were looking for in a new location, and believed that arts and cultural institutions like the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia were important in creating vibrant and thriving communities. “Robert Manuge was an extraordinary entrepreneur who fostered and helped shape the province’s arts sector,” said Lisa Bugden, Interim Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “The Gallery is honoured to have a permanent tribute to his invaluable contributions.”

Manuge was a key figure in leading international businesses like Michelin to Nova Scotia in the late 1960s. During his career with Industrial Estates, he worked closely with Frank Sobey, who chaired the provincial business development organization. During this timeframe, he also introduced Sobey to work by the Group of Seven, inspiring a strong—and lasting—interest in the arts, eventually leading to the creation of the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2002.

Like Mr. Manuge, both the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation and Michelin North America (Canada) Ltd. understand the importance of arts and culture to Nova Scotia’s social and economic stability. "We are very proud to honour the involvement of Robert Manuge in the history of Michelin in Nova Scotia," said Jeff MacLean, President, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. "He created a legacy in this province and Robert will always be an important member of the Michelin Canada family."

The generosity of Michelin North America (Canada) and the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation will continue to be recognized through the Gallery’s celebration of works gracing the feature wall, as well as through its ongoing programming. A work donated by the Manuge family is also currently on view in the Gallery’s new exhibition, In the Artists’ Footsteps, until October 16, 2016.

Image: Left to right: Malcolm Fraser & Lisa Bugden, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Rob Sobey, Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation; Jeff MacLean, Michelin North America (Canada); Elizabeth Manuge, wife; Marianne Manuge, daughter; Carla Hall, grand-daughter.

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