Image of still from film When I Walk (2013)
Don't miss a free screening of documentary When I Walk (2013) | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Cinematheque

Free This Week

Explore a new week of free arts happenings

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Manoeuvre into April with a fresh set of free events including a documentary screening, creative workshops and student art exhibitions you’ll want to check out!

When I Walk

April 5, 2023, 7 – 9 pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to watch, with tickets

This autobiographical documentary explores how filmmaker Jason DaSilva’s life and relationships change over the course of several years as he progresses from cane, to walker, to wheelchair after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Free First Thursdays

April 6, 2023, 5 – 9 pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend

Join Contemporary Calgary for a late-night gallery experience! Explore the galleries on your own or with hourly guided tours, connect with Antyx Community Arts Hip-Hop Club, discover YYC/LRT Free Art Thursdays, and more!

False Promises: BFA Honours Degree Student Exhibition — Opening Reception

April 6, 2023, 5 pm
Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free to attend

Join multidisciplinary artist Justine Bui to celebrate the opening of her BFA Honours Degree exhibition, False Promises, which explores the layers of impact that colourism imposes on one’s body.

MFA in Craft Media Thesis Exhibition 2023 — Opening Reception

April 6, 2023, 5 – 7pm
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to attend

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.

Once Upon a Time

Until April 29, 2023
Sparrow Artspace (36 4th St. NE)
Free to participate, registration required for select events

Throughout April, Sparrow Artspace’s storybook residency with Yiting Hui and McKenna Prather is offering various workshops encouraging both kids and adults to create, share stories, and access their whimsical sides.

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