Current Learning Programs

Esker Foundation provides free public programming to encourage participation and to increase accessibility to contemporary art. Learning programs are created in response to, and in tandem with our current exhibitions. All are welcome to attend. Our programs are very popular, securing your spot by registering is strongly recommended. Programs often have wait lists: if you register and are unable to attend we ask that you please cancel in a timely manner.  Scroll down to view all of our current and upcoming programs.

 

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Thursday, November 23rd, 7-7:40pm > Esker Film Series: ‘The Fence (La Barda)’

Dir. Rory Kennedy

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In October 2006, the U.S. government decided to build a 700-mile fence along its troubled 2000-mile-plus border with Mexico. Three years, 19 construction companies, 350 engineers, thousands of construction workers, tens of thousands of tons of metal and $3 billion later, was it all worth it? The Fence (La Barda) investigates the impact of the project, revealing how its stated goals – containing illegal immigration, cracking down on drug trafficking and protecting America from terrorists – have given way to unforeseen consequences.
 
Dir. Rory Kennedy, 2010, 36 mins.
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We are excited to partner with local bakery, Sidewalk Citizen who will be providing complimentary treats, inspired by and accompanying every screening this fall.
 

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Saturday, November 25th, 10am-5pm > Introduction to Oil Painting

Douglas Williamson

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Oil painting is a centuries-old tradition and nothing compares to the luminosity that is created by mastering this media. In this workshop, Douglas Williamson will teach a classical approach to painting with oils, showing connections between historic and contemporary practice. He will demonstrate alla prima (wet into wet) painting and working with a limited colour palette to create harmonious old-world quality paintings. Participants will paint a small study of domesticated animals or wildlife. Some basic painting experience is preferred and participants must be over the age of 16. All materials will be provided.

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Wednesday, November 29th, 7-8:30pm > Wildlife in Our City

Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society

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Did you know that over 400 species of wildlife live within the City of Calgary? Do you have questions about the wildlife that we share our city with? The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society’s expert staff will provide information on local wildlife and wildlife-human conflict and then open up the floor for your questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the various species in your backyard and receive answers to your wildlife related questions. A permanent resident animal from the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be in attendance, but there will be no physical interaction with the animal. This is a family-friendly program; however, children must be over the age of 7 to attend.

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Thursday, November 30th, 7-8pm > Exhibition Tour: We are all in this together

Naomi Potter

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Although the materials used in the work of Mary Anne Barkhouse and Postcommodity share little in common, how they do connect is through a commitment to challenging mainstream social, political, economic, and historical discourses by creating space for Indigenous narratives. Giving space to both human and animal perspectives, this tour will consider the various connections between immigration and migration, borders in relation to boundaries, and imperialism versus the environment.

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Thursday, December 7th, 7-8:30pm > Esker Film Series: ‘Boy’

Dir. Taika Waititi

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Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy’s other hero, his father Alamein, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality Alamein is an inept, wannabe gangster who has been in jail for robbery. When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.
 
Dir. Taika Waititi, 2010, 87 mins.
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We are excited to partner with local bakery, Sidewalk Citizen who will be providing complimentary treats, inspired by and accompanying every screening this fall.

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Saturday, December 9th, 1-2pm > Exhibition Tour: Whose side are you on anyway? 

Shauna Thompson

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As we maneuver together through the subtexts of violence in Mary Anne Barkhouse’s seductive, tableau-like Le rêve aux loups into Postcommodity’s disorienting and uncomfortable A Very Long Line, we will consider the disruption of borders (physical, psychological, political, and social) and the deconstruction of binary, colonial thinking as strategies of adaptability, resistance, and resilience.
 
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