About Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery


Esker Foundation is a privately funded contemporary art gallery located in Calgary, Canada. As a leader in the Calgary arts community, Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. Esker Foundation reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Founded in 2012 by Jim and Susan Hill, Esker Foundation is a new model for institutional relevance, curatorial focus, and audience engagement. Admission is free.

Esker Foundation programs three exhibition changes per year for the fall, winter, and spring/summer seasons.


The Project Space

In addition to the main exhibition space on the fourth floor of the Atlantic Avenue Arts Block, Esker Foundation hosts the Project Space at street level. As a vital alternative exhibition venue, the Project Space aims to engage the community by increasing the presence and accessibility of contemporary art. The Project Space program invites emerging and established artists to develop new, responsive exhibitions that directly address the neighborhood and explore important contemporary issues.

Exhibitions are visible to the public 24 hours a day and run for approximately three months, for a total of four exhibitions a year.



Esker Foundation’s exhibition programming is developed by a curatorial team rather than through unsolicited proposals or submissions.


Gallery Rental

Esker Foundation does not rent the gallery space for any external events, programs, or exhibitions.