Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Theatre Dance Music Film & Media Visual Art Literary Festival Promotion Free Visual Art Michelle Atkinson's Human Sprawl is an art installation created from industrial waste | Photo: Courtesy of Leighton Art Centre April 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023 April Exhibitions Enjoy spring to the fullest with these visual art offerings Haider Ali Location Various Venues Price Prices Vary Don’t miss out on some great art this April! This month’s visual arts roundup is packed with new and ongoing exhibitions and spring art sales ready to delight, surprise and challenge your mind. 21st Annual Juried Members Exhibition April 1 – June 4, 2023 Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. W, Millarville) By donation This annual exhibition at Leighton Art Centre celebrates the talent and creativity of their artists. The 2023 jury panel has selected 56 works from 40 artists, exploring a wide range of themes and media including ceramics, paintings, wearables and textiles leightoncentre.org Human Sprawl April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024 Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. W, Millarville) By donation Michelle Atkinson explores humanity’s tendency to live in excess, with personal consumption impacting biodiversity. Born from industrial waste, animal sculptures were created using thick slabs of once broken office window glass destined for the landfill. leightoncentre.org MFA in Craft Media Thesis Exhibition 2023 April 4 – 15, 2023 Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW) Free to explore Explore bodies of work created by students Anahita Mosayebi, Cici Lai and Kate Ritchie while they we were mentored by internationally acclaimed artists and scholars during their intensive 20-month program. auarts.ca False Promises: BFA Honours Degree Student Exhibition April 6 – 29, 2023 Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW) Free to explore Through various mediums, multidisciplinary artist Justine Bui’s BFA Honours Degree exhibition, False Promises, explores the layers of impact that colourism imposes on one’s body. nickle.ucalgary.ca Palette Fine Art Show and Sale April 14 & 15, 2023 Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW) Free to explore The Palette art show and sale features paintings by many independent artists in a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolour, pastel and mixed media that you can browse and buy. calgarycommunitypainters.com FCA Spring Art Show April 15, 2023, 10am – 4pm Haysboro Community Association (1204 89th Ave. SW) Free to explore You are invited to celebrate the arrival of spring surrounded by a collection of paintings carefully juried by the Federation of Canadian Artists at this annual spring art show! federationgallery.com Easter Group Show April 15 – May 10, 2023 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free to explore This group exhibition focuses on all things that our beautiful countryside has to offer, featuring works by Robin Smith-Peck, David Alexander, Simon Andrew, Bob Kebic, Dorothy Knowles, Brent Laycock and others. wallacegalleries.com Acclaimed Fine Art Show and Sale April 21 & 22, 2023 Crescent Heights Community Association (1101 2nd St. NW) Free to explore Enjoy a stroll through original artwork by 12 of Calgary’s professional fine artists. This beautiful show features hundreds of paintings in a variety of styles, sizes and prices with the artists in attendance to chat. acclaimedfineart.com The Animal Show April 21 – 23, 2023 Nvrlnd Boutique (1048 21st Ave. SE) Free to explore Local artists Daniel Audet, Heather Buchanan, Amy Gaulin, Tobias Luttmer, Karin McGinn, Gary McMillan, Nick Rooney, John Ross and Carl White express their relationship to animals through painting, sculpture and drawing in this exhibition. instagram.com Starry Dynamo Arts Market April 22, 2023, 11am – 4pm Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 (116 7th Ave. SE) Free to explore Check out this art market showcasing smaller makers including low income, minorities, LGTBQ+ and other folks who don’t get the same opportunities to show their work. Enjoy live music, weird photo installations and over 50 local artisans! instagram.com Last Chance + Ongoing Exhibitions Astral Dance Until April 9, 2023 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Astral Dance is the first solo exhibition of works by Chitra Ganesh in Canada, and a significant survey of her practice. Ganesh delivers fantastic, dreamlike worlds where the past, present and future are merged into new, speculative propositions. contemporarycalgary.com Jean McEwen Until April 12, 2023 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free to explore Celebrating the centennial of his birth, Jean McEwen is a renowned Canadian Quebecois artist known for his ground-breaking work during the action expression movement of the ’50s and ’60s and beyond. wallacegalleries.com Snap Shots: Pages from the Past Until April 12, 2023 Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW) Free to explore Wallace Galleries presents works on paper by Ted Godwin, Kenneth Lochhead and Harold Town. Snap back in time with some historic modern works of artists from the Regina Five and Painters Eleven wallacegalleries.com A Time for Stories Until April 14, 2023 Inglewood Bird Sanctuary (425 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore As part of a rotating exhibition of artworks that feature connections to the land, this exhibition features 2D, 3D and sound artworks, by Shirley Hill, Amy Hill and Sonny-Ray Day Rider. calgary.ca Human Capital Until April 16, 2023 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Human Capital presents work that offers insight into the impact of Canada’s immigration policies and history: how it treats humans as capital, and the role it plays in shaping the complex and contested formation of a Canadian identity. contemporarycalgary.com Retainers of Anarchy Until April 16, 2023 Glenbow at The Edison (2nd floor, 150 9th Ave. SW) Free to explore, tickets required Experience the mesmerizing 25-metre hand-drawn animation from artist Howie Tsui. The exhibition showcases Tsui’s talent at bringing together martial arts characters and techniques with social and political realities of present-day Hong Kong. glenbow.org David Garneau: Métissage Until April 22, 2023 Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW) Free to explore Edmonton-born artist David Garneau documents his Métis heritage and his struggle to shape a contemporary Indigenous identity. With imagination, wit and some ambivalence, this exhibition of more than 50 artworks celebrates historical and contemporary Métis lived experiences. nickle.ucalgary.ca Don’t miss David Garneau: Métissage | Photo: Courtesy of Nickle Galleries The Birth of Portraiture Until April 22, 2023 Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW) Free to explore This exhibition explores the life of Alexander the Great and his successors through their portraits on ancient coins. Tiny masterpieces of Hellenistic art, these coins record likenesses and suggest the distinct personalities of their subjects. nickle.ucalgary.ca After Holbein – Turkish Carpets and the Tudors Until April 22, 2023 Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW) Free to explore Hans Holbein the Younger, a 16th-century artist, famously painted portraits of Henry VIII and other nobles that frequently included richly patterned Turkish carpets. Curator Michele Hardy offers a selection of these carpets and explores how they signalled power and wealth. nickle.ucalgary.ca The Visitors Until April 30, 2023 Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Ragnar Kjartansson creates performances exploring the intertwining of pathos, humour and collective emotion. The Visitors is a large installation consisting of nine audio and video channels documenting a single-take musical performance. eskerfoundation.com Interiors Until April 30, 2023 Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE) Free to explore Margaux Williamson is a painter who also writes and makes videos. Within her multifaceted practice, Williamson’s painting has evolved through long rhythms; her bodies of work have been produced over the years. eskerfoundation.com We Were Here: Stories from Early Chinatown Until April 30, 2023 Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW) $4.95 – 9.95 Bring your family and learn about Chinese history on the prairies through art and imagination, discover fictional stories written by members of the Chinese community and explore two iterations of Chinatown in Calgary. heritagepark.ca It Looks Nice from a Distance Until May 6, 2023 TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW) Free to explore Taking the form of a 12-channel video installation incorporating text, sound, video and sculpture, Anahita Norouzi’s multimedia installation explores the themes of otherness and displacement. truck.ca The Desert Turned to Glass Until May 7, 2023 Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) With admission Contemporary Calgary presents Charles Stankievech’s The Desert Turned to Glass, a transmedia installation that inhabits both the projection room of the planetarium’s dome and the subterranean space below. contemporarycalgary.com 11,104 Days: From Artists to Zenith Ongoing Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW) Free to explore In honour of its 30th anniversary, 11,104 Days: From Artists to Zenith displays each of Newzones’ represented artists, including spectacular new work created by gallery artists in celebration of this milestone. newzones.com Canadian Music Hall of Fame: Nickelback Until September 30, 2023 Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE) With admission This exhibition features numerous instruments, personal items, concert footage and behind-the-scenes photos. The gallery includes a large video wall outfitted with a full stage display with many of Nickelback’s outfits and customized instruments. studiobell.ca Music & Wellness Ongoing Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE) With admission Check out National Music Centre’s new permanent Music & Wellness exhibition, which taps into the power of music on mental and physical health through a series of powerful video interviews that create an immersive sense of personal conversation. studiobell.ca Have a visual arts event that’s not listed? Email us at email@example.com or fill out this form.