August Hours

We are open every Thursday to Saturday:

Thursday 11am-7pm
Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm

11am-12pm for vulnerable and at-risk people

Last entry 45 minutes before closing and don't forget this summer is 'Pay what you May' for essential workers and our friends working in arts and culture.

Please note that in the interest of public health and safety, all high-touch and interactive areas are closed. This includes Zinc Restaurant and the Children's Gallery.
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Opening August 29

Building Your AGA with Photographs by Edward Burtynsky

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the AGA’s “new” building, this exhibition looks back at the initial drawings, concepts and models for this now iconic Edmonton landmark. When architect Randall Stout was designing the building, he was inspired by the geography of the City itself, primarily the organic curves of the river winding its way through the urban grid of streets and avenues. This exhibition includes photographs taken by renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky who was commissioned by the AGA to record the demolition and construction of the building in the years between 2007 and 2010.

Building Your AGA with Photographs by Edward Burtynsky is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, and curated by Catherine Crowston. Presented as part of the Poole Centre of Design.

100 Years: The Group of Seven and Other Voices

On May 7, 1920, the Group of Seven held their first formal exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), initiating the first coordinated Canadian art movement. 100 Years commemorates the anniversary of the Group of Seven and charts their development from the early 1910s to the middle of the 20th century. This exhibition also includes work from the AGA collection by artists who were mentors, colleagues and students of the Group, or who worked entirely independent of their influence, offering a more expansive view of Canadian art from this period.

100 Years: The Group of Seven and Other Voices is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, and curated by Danielle Siemens. Presented by Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.


Closing September 5

Make sure to see the thought-provoking works in Nests for the End of the World before it closes on September 5! For this exhibition the AGA commissioned artists to envision and create a ‘nest’ to cope with the end of the world; however, it may come about. The 'nests' will inspire you to think about what your own personal nest might be, how you face current challenges both big and small, and what the future might look like.

Cindy Baker and Ruth Cuthand | Bruno Canadien and Niki Little | Jake Chakasim | Luanne Martineau Camille Turner

Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and curated by Amery Calvelli, Catherine Crowston, Franchesca Hebert-Spence, Lindsey Sharman and Jessie Ray Short.

Exhibitions on now

Live Music

Downtown Live

The AGA is proud to partner with the Downtown Business Association on Downtown Live which helps increase the vibrancy of downtown with a series of fun, public events and provides much needed employment to our friends in the arts and culture sector.

Join us this Friday, August 21 at 4pm on the AGA terrace with artist Shawnee, winner of CBC's Searchlight 2020.

The performance is included as a bonus with your regular admission to visit the AGA and see our current exhibitions; however, to help ensure capacity/safe distancing, prebooking with timed admission is required here.

Please note this is a fair weather event but the galleries are open to enjoy rain or shine 🌦️
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Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the AGA

Have you taken in our summer series with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra? Join us every Thursday and Saturday to enjoy these mini-concerts, included with your membership or AGA admission! Be sure to come early to explore our exhibitions then finish your day with a live performance from the ESO.

To help us manage capacities and keep everyone safe, pre-booking is required here.

If you would like to support the ESO, the musicians will be accepting donations onsite and every little bit helps. Online donations, and donations by cheque, will be eligible for a tax receipt. Thank you so much for your generosity!

August 22: Bach to Beatles

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presents a micro concert of “Bach to Beatles" at the Art Gallery of Alberta with ESO musicians Allene Hackleman, Frederic Payant, John McPherson, Robin Doyon and Tyler Cairns.

This is a 25-minute fair weather event located on our City of Edmonton Terrace.

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Collaborative Chance Drawing with Sean and Emma Caulfield

Saturday, September 5
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Artist Sean Caulfield's work considers what legacies are passed from one generation to the next. For our September 5 AGA live, get the whole family together and join Sean and his daughter Emma for a virtual drawing activity.

Sean will be featured in the upcoming exhibition borderLINE: the 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art presented by ATB Financial at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

borderLINE: 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art / Remai Modern Biennial of Contemporary Art is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and Remai Modern, and curated by Sandra Fraser, Felicia Gay, Franchesca Hebert-Spence, Lindsey Sharman. Presented by ATB Financial at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

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Stay tuned for upcoming AGA live.

Get the latest and watch past sessions here.

250 AGA: An online design investigation by Amery Calvelli
Week six - “The basics of mud construction.”

Responding to Michael Sorkin’s outline of 250 things an architect should know, Amery Calvelli, Adjunct Curator of the Poole Centre of Design, explores number 31, “the basics of mud construction." Humans have constructed with the earth (clay, gravel and sand) for millennia. Curious to know how traditional construction might blend with contemporary technologies, Amery spoke with Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello who run the architecture studio Rael San Fratello. Watch their conversation below.
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The Poole Centre of Design is made possible by a generous donation from the John and Barbara Poole Family Fund, through the Edmonton Community Foundation. John and Barbara Poole were great patrons of the arts who believed in engaging people of all walks of life in art and design. The AGA is honoured to continue their legacy through the Poole Centre of Design.


Keep the family entertained with fun art activities from AGA Education and Learning

Saturday Online Art Class
Animal Architects: Suspended Homes

Join AGA Educator Kerri in our studio this summer and discover the creative habits and building behaviours of animals inspired by our children’s gallery exhibition Animal Architects.

Gather up the listed supplies below, review our prep list and meet us online at 10am Saturday! Register through Webinarjam.

August 22 | Suspended Homes

Fun fact: Spiders and caterpillars have special glands that enable them to produce silk threads, a very useful building material! Transformed into cocoons or webs, you can find them hanging from a tree branches or sticking to the sides or corners of a building. This week, let us explore these amazing structures before building our own using materials from around the house.

Materials Needed:

  • An old T-shirt or two
  • Scissors
  • An embroidery hoop (20-30 cm) OR a piece of cardboard cut into a circle about 20-30 cm with slits around the perimeter every 2 cms about 1 cm deep. See example here
  • Scrap yarn, fabric strips, embroidery thread, buttons, beads, twine
  • Flexible wire such as floral wire, jewelry wire or twist ties
  • Optional: Crochet hook, plastic large-eyed yarn needle
Register here
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Community News

Apply for the Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund (EATF)

The EATF was established in 1997 by John and Barbara Poole, Edmonton Community Foundation and the Clifford E. Lee Foundation and was intended to invest in Edmonton’s creative community. The award recognizes an artist’s work and contribution to the community as well as providing financial stability to renew, develop, create or experiment.

For the 2020 deadline, ten $15,000 awards are available (thanks to the Foote Foundation established by Eldon and Anne Foote for additional funding support in 2019).

The EATF Award is open to any artist who is 18 years or older; a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident; and a resident of the greater Edmonton region for at least one year prior to the deadline. This region includes the City of Edmonton and the Counties of Sturgeon, Parkland, Leduc and Strathcona and the Indigenous communities adjacent.

Deadline to apply: September 1, 2020

For more information and to apply


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