About Esker Foundation

Esker Foundation is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Iyarhe Nakoda First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Esker Foundation extends sincere appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on this territory in respect and gratitude.


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. The gallery 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. The gallery is barrier-free.

Esker Foundation programs three exhibition changes per year for the fall, winter, and spring/summer seasons. Read about upcoming exhibitions here.


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 in the Project Space can be viewed day and night, seven days a week, and are on display for approximately three months, for a total of four exhibition changes 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.


Volunteering at Esker Foundation

Volunteers are vital to the work we do. Thanks to dedicated individuals, whose involvement in our exhibitions, programs, events and more is so integral to our success, Esker Foundation has a strong and vital volunteer program. Our volunteers are all ages, come from all backgrounds, and are enthusiastic about sharing their valuable time and skills with us. If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] or complete this online application, thank you.