The E. A. Rawlinson Centre is the hub of arts and cultural activities in Prince Albert.
It houses both the The Mann Art Gallery and the Olive and John G. Diefenbaker Theatre. It. houses both the Mann Art Gallery and the John G. and Olive Diefenbaker Theatre. The facility itself is operated by the Prince Albert Arts Board, who have contracted its operation to Star Development Corporation.The Mann Art Gallery organization is governed by a separate Board of Directors and membership.
The E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts is named for the late Mr E. A. ("Ed") Rawlinson, pioneer Canadian broadcaster, Prince Albert community leader and Founder of Rawlco Radio Ltd. A gift of over one million dollars from Rawlco Radio Ltd was significant in making the dream of a visual and performing arts centre for Central and Northern Saskatchewan a reality.
During the developmental years of the E. A. Rawlinson Centre, the Prince Albert Arts Board remained consistent to their commitment that our community needed both visual and a performing arts facilities - ones that could showcase our local talent and allow us to present arts and entertainment from around the world.
The Diefenbaker Theatre, a 600+ seat auditorium with all the latest amenities, is the answer to the performing arts portion of the Arts Board's mission. It has been embraced by the community, housing over 250 events each year. The Rawlinson Centre presents professional shows whose proceeds are used to subsidize local non-profit groups. This provides affordable access to the community, allowing non-profit groups to provide audiences with top-notch local entertainment. It is also often rented for other events, including graduations, art shows, and conventions.
Prince Albert has been truly enriched for nearly three decades by the strong presence of the Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert and surrounding area’s only professionally run contemporary art space. The Mann Art Gallery features an exciting and varied exhibition schedule promoting local, provincial and national artists as well as curated exhibitions, lectures and workshops. We also house an excellent Permanent Collection of over 850 individual works of art from well known provincial artists such as Winona Mulcaster, A.F.L. Kenderdine, George Glenn, Aganetha Dyck, Myles MacDonald, Bob Boyer, Joe Fafard and Ernest Lindner just to name a few. Through our strong and varied education and professional development initiatives we encourage public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts people of all ages and cultural diversities. We are open Monday - Friday | 10:00am – 6:00pm as well as Saturday and Sunday | 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Admission is Free.