Image of artworks hanging from clothesline at Leighton Art Centre
Don't miss the annual Clothesline Art Market | Photo: Courtesy of Leighton Art Centre

June Exhibitions

Kick off summer with these visual arts offerings

Haider Ali

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This month is teeming with great exhibitions you’ll love. Whether you head out to a gallery you visit often or discover a new favourite, make sure to take in some visual art this June!

Good Job Arcade

May 26 – July 1, 2023
TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Good Job Arcade is a Teresa Tam led project that utilizes work and play to explore themes of asynchronicity experienced by diaspora communities that form into nostalgia. Visitors have the chance to engage in all of their senses, with many little treasures and moments to find.

Spotlight: Margaret Hall

May 25 – July 15, 2023
Alberta Craft Gallery & Shop, cSPACE King Edward (2nd floor, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

This collection of summer hats and headpieces highlights traditional millinery techniques in vintage and modern hat styles with a contemporary aesthetic. Summer is a time to celebrate all that is floral and light with a colour palette of white and pinks and reds.

Pulse of the Planet

May 26 – August 27, 2023
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Pulse of the Planet is a major solo exhibition by Paris/Sydney-based artist Mel O’Callaghan that synthesizes several years of research, collaborations and ways of knowing. For the last 20 years, O’Callaghan has explored resonant objects, spaces and tools and how they affect, codify and connect bodies.

Devotion: Louis Riel Writes Home

May 29 – September 1, 2023
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to explore

In 2022 the University of Calgary’s Libraries and Cultural Resources acquired an important collection of archival materials from the descendants of Louis Riel. A selection of personal artifacts from this collection is featured in this  exhibition at Nickle Galleries.

Woman’s Work

June 2 – 30, 2023
Sparrow Artspace (36 4th St. NE)
Free to explore

After learning that job losses disproportionately affected women during the pandemic, artist Veronica Funk created the project Woman’s Work which includes portrait paintings and stories of women from around the world.

Hearing Home / Seeing Home

June 1 – October 1, 2023
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
With admission

The Lougheed House exhibition brings together Tyler J. Stewart’s Hearing Home, an audio exhibit with listening stations throughout the house, and Seeing Home, a re-interpretation of the collection by members of the Lougheed House Re-Imagined Community Advisory Committee.

Of Vision & Light

June 3 – 30, 2023
Artpoint Gallery (1038 17th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

In this exhibition, artists Erin Freed, Dianne J Leong, Terra McDonald and George Silas use different media to communicate their visual impressions, which may be improvised, transcribed, transposed or relocated to suit their form of self-expression.

Fuel by Nat Cann

June 9 – July 21, 2023
Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free to explore

In summer 2022, Nat Cann participated in a residency with the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation’s to find what fuels Calgary. The resulting exhibition is an inspection of glass pillars built atop localized establishments, and the people, things and actors who dwell between such venues.

Clothesline Art Market

June 10 & 11, 2023, 10am – 4pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. W, Millarville)
By donation

Head to Leighton Art Centre’s annual Clothesline Art Sale where local artists set up outdoors to present their original artwork. Inside the Leighton’s heritage home, you’ll discover more fine art and craft as well as free tours, food trucks and live music!

Last Chance + Ongoing Exhibitions

A Provisional Vista

Until June 11, 2023
Esker Foundation (street level, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Morgan Melenka’s A provisional vista offers a collage of forms that reference architectural and decorative elements commonly found in our contemporary built environment, such as bollards, awnings, wind-resistant mesh banners and ornamental architectural facades.

Little México

Until June 17, 2023
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. S)
Free to explore

The project Little México by Carlos Colín critically engages with the community of Mexican labourers, their socio-political-cultural diasporic contribution to British Columbia, where the project was created, and Canada.


Until June 17, 2023
Newzones Gallery (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Newzones’ third edition of FreshFaces brings together select artists for a one-time group show analyzing the ways in which they challenge the traditional use of materials and formal aesthetics through painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture.


Until June 24, 2023
Alberta Craft Gallery & Shop, cSPACE King Edward (280, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Carissa Baktay’s Form(ed) presents a series of O.O.U.U.s (Objects Of Unidentified Uses) exploring memory, body and femininity. These mixed material sculptures come to life through intuitive process and intimate performative acts.

A promo image for form(ed)

Check out form(ed) by Carissa Baktay | Photo: courtesy of Alberta Craft Council

It’s About Time, Space & Place

Until June 24, 2023
ASA Gallery, Crossroads Art Centre (Suite #222, 1235 26th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

The Alberta Society of Artists presents group exhibition It’s About Time, Space & Place featuring the work of artists Bonnie Scott, Debra Ward, Mary Ann Wilson and Wanda Rottenfusser. Presented is a contemporary sense of place developed through years of art-making.

Treelines — Here and There

Until July 21, 2023
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to explore

Gwen MacGregor explores the multilayered and contradictory relationships that settlers on Turtle Island have to land. Her installation brings together photographs and videos with a forest of crocheted trees — altering perspectives, toying with memory, loss and environmental degradation.

Prairie Persuasion

Until August 27, 2023
Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr. SW)
With admission

Beginning in the 1860s, propaganda was everywhere. It brought settlers and tourists to the province, helped form community groups, enlisted troops for war efforts and opened doors for fake remedies and advertisements. Join Heritage Park for their newest temporary exhibit all about propaganda.

Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971

Until September 17, 2023
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to explore

In 1956, photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971) marked a roll of film with the number 1 and her career as an artist began. Over the next 15 years, she produced a body of work that would revolutionize not only the portrait genre, but the medium of photography.

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.

Human Sprawl

Until 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.

11,104 Days: From Artists to Zenith

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.

Music & Wellness

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
With admission

National Music Centre’s permanent Music & Wellness exhibition 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.

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