Enriching the Arts

New Art Spaces in Calgary

Openings in the city for artists

Calgary_skyline_from_elbow_bow_intersection_2005.jpegThe closure of Art Central downtown has left many artists searching for new studios and galleries to showcase their artwork in the city. After the closure of the final two remaining spaces in the building on June 27, 2014, Art Central is set to be demolished in October to make room for the Telus Sky building after ten years of acting as an arts hub in Calgary.

However, several new initiatives are pushing for new spaces for artists in the city. The Calgary Arts Development Authority and Contemporary Calgary are two organizations behind these initiatives. The City of Calgary is also creating space for artists through established municipal art centres such as the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre and the Wildflower Arts Centre.

The City of Calgary is also opening a new arts centre in the southeast quadrant of the city. The International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre is set to be constructed on 2601 17 Avenue SE, with the mission “To actively develop performance, exhibition, teaching and innovative facility on International Avenue, and collaborate with local partners to deliver and expand arts programs for cultural, educational, arts and community groups.”

Calgary Arts Development continues to push for art space

The Calgary Arts Development Authority is also working on developing new spaces for artists in the city. The organization aims to play “A leadership role to promote, foster and direct investments that develop the capacity of Calgary’s arts sector to achieve public and artistic impact.”

One of their goals is to transform King Edward School into a permanent arts hub through renovating the building and installing artists and arts organizations as tenants. Holding several open houses in May and June, the building put out a final call for tenants in July. The building is set to open to the public in 2016.

Another initiative of the Calgary Arts Development Authority is to transform empty buildings into temporary art space. An example is the Billingsgate Seafood Market in East Village. Artists turned the building, which is slated for demolition, into gallery and studio space until its permanent closure. With a multitude of unused buildings and warehouses in Calgary, it is likely that artists will be able to set up again in a temporary location.

Contemporary Calgary to transform planetarium

Contemporary Calgary, created by the merging of the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of Calgary and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art became involved in the transformation of the old planetarium into a new art space.

The plan is to turn the building into a major public art gallery in Calgary. Twenty citizens assisted the art organization in crafting the pitch that the city selected.

Although artists in Calgary have witnessed the closure of several art spaces in the city in the past few years, new art spaces are moving in to fill in their place. With the transformation of the planetarium and King Edward School, as well as the construction of the International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre, new opportunities are becoming available to artists in the city.

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