Current Learning Programs

Esker Foundation provides free public programming to encourage participation and to increase accessibility to contemporary art. Programs are developed in response to our current exhibitions. Securing your spot by registering in advance is strongly recommended. Our programs are very popular and often have wait lists; if you register and are unable to attend we ask that you cancel your registration in a timely manner. Tickets are non-transferrable, if you are unable to attend a program please do not redistribute your ticket. We ask that you cancel your ticket, so it can be offered to the wait list. All programming requires that an adult accompany children under the age of 16.

 

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Thursday, October 18th, 7-8:30pm > Crash Course: Discussions in Contemporary Art

Caitlind r.c. Brown

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In this new informal lecture series presented monthly over the course of our current exhibitions, guest speakers will present on different aspects of contemporary art and practice.

Tickling the Underbelly is a conversation with Caitlind r.c. Brown. Drawing from her experiences as a public artist, collaborator, and DIY-curator, Caitlind intends to explore the relationship between critical mass + critical discourse, public engagement + artistic autonomy, collaboration + individual focus. Audience members are invited to “choose their own adventure,” picking from a range of possible subjects, objects, and projects, and Caitlind will structure her presentation to their interests.

Caitlind r.c. Brown is a Calgary-based artist creating intimate, immersive, and participatory installations for diverse publics. A serial collaborator, Caitlind is a co-curator with WRECK CITY and works frequently with Wayne GarrettLane Shordee, and a handful of other artists.

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Friday, October 19th, 7-8pm > Exhibition Tour: The silver cord

Naomi Potter

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Please note: new revised date.

Drawn, etched, painted, and suspended, the line forms the central core from which all three artists in these fall exhibitions are connected. The simplicity and variation of a line, and the intervals of space between, are emblematic of the gratifyingly modest practice of each artist. This tour will draw together the practices of Campbell, Martin, and Stevenson, with particular focus on how their work, specifically the course of the line, inscribes the movement of the body through the hand.

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Saturday, October 20th, 4-5pm > Discussion: The Growth of Weeds

Alana Bartol & Mia Rushton + Eric Moschopedis

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What is a weed? Why are they unwanted? What can we learn from them? Artists Alana Bartol, Eric Moschopedis, and Mia Ruston invite you to participate in conversations about the plants we call weeds. Over the course of an hour, participants will discuss various topics and questions through one-on-one conversations. This program will take place at Bea’s Eatery located inside Bite Grocer & Eatery on the main floor of the Atlantic Avenue Art Block building. 

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Throughout this program we will be serving dandelion tea provided by Light Cellar as well as weed inspired chamomile cookies made by Bite Grocer & Eatery.

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Friday, October 26th, 7-8pm Friday, October 26th, 8:30-9:30pm > Tour of the Alberta Printmakers’ Gallery and Studio

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Join Esker Foundation for a private tour of Alberta Printmakers’ Gallery and Studio. Established in 1989, this Calgary based non-profit and artist-run centre features a fully equipped print studio and a contemporary gallery specializing in print-based exhibitions of established and emerging artists. On this tour we will view the current exhibition, Fiercely Open by John Graham, followed by a lithography demonstration by local artist James Boychuk-Hunter, while learning about this long-standing artist-run centre. Participants will meet at the Alberta Printmakers’ Gallery and Studio, transportation will not be provided.

16+ only. Registration essential.

 

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Saturday, November 3rd, 9am-12pm Saturday, November 3rd, 1-4pm > Workshop: Introduction to Silkscreen

Heather Huston

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Wear your artwork home in this basic silkscreen class with local printmaker Heather Huston. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the silkscreen process and work with paper stencils to print simple designs inspired by the current exhibiting artists on a t-shirt or other cotton fabrics. Alberta Printmakers is generously providing some of the support materials for this program. Participants are asked to bring a cotton t-shirt or other garment on which to screenprint.

16+ only. Registration essential.

 

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Friday, November 9th, 7-8pm > Artist Talk: I feel the air of another world

Jen Reimer and Magnus Tiesenhausen

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Collaborators Jen Reimer and Magnus Tiesenhausen will speak about their shared practice, tunnel. tunnel is a platform and methodology by which Reimer and Tiesenhausen interact with acoustic spaces and produce sound works. In this talk, the artists will discuss their project’s formation and process, the aural agency of architectural spaces, science fiction, the mystical in music theory, archaeoacoustics, and resonance.

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Following the talk, join us at the Esker Project Space to celebrate the opening of A tender proposition to the din. Refreshments and snacks compliments of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery will be served.

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Thursday, November 15th, 7-8:30pm > Crash Course: Discussions in Contemporary Art

Mark Clintberg

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Continuing this new informal lecture series presented monthly over the course of our current exhibition, guest speakers present on different aspects of contemporary art and practice.

Defining and locating “modernism” is one of the thorniest subjects of art history. Modernist art has been argued to be both deeply tied to site and social identity (as with national and regional schools of artistic practice), and completely non-contextual – or even universal – in its values and aesthetics. By referring to a limited set of examples, this talk will identify qualities that connect to pivotal iterations of modernism in different locations and moments of continuum.

Mark Clintberg is an artist who works in the field of art history. He teaches the history of art at the Alberta College of Art + Design, where he is an Assistant Professor.

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Saturday, November 17th, 1-2pm > Exhibition Tour: Living Above the Line

Elizabeth Diggon

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While Tammi Campbell, Agnes Martin, and Sarah Stevenson each create work in different media, their practices are linked through a shared fascination with the grid and its infinite permutations. Join Elizabeth Diggon, Esker’s assistant curator, on this informal tour that parses the conversations occurring between Campbell’s, Martin’s, and Stevenson’s work on the visual language of the grid and its different material expressions.

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Friday, November 23rd, 7-8:20pm > Film Screening: ‘Gabriel’

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In 1976, Agnes Martin filmed Gabriel, her only completed cinematic work. Photographed in California, Colorado, and New Mexico with an Aeroflex camera, it follows a ten-year-old boy, played by Peter Mayne, as he wanders aimlessly across varied landscapes. These scenes are interspersed with sequences of running creeks, fields of flowers, and excerpts of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. For Martin, her film was about “happiness, innocence, and beauty…it’s about this little boy who climbs a mountain and all the beautiful things he sees” and was made “to protest the commercial films being negative, [those that are] about deception and deceit and violence.” The title references the Biblical Archangel, Gabriel, who symbolized purity.

Dir. Agnes Martin, 1976, 78 mins.

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Esker Foundation is proud to partner with Sidewalk Citizen on our film series. The bakery is generously providing complimentary treats inspired by each film screening this fall.

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Saturday, November 24th, 9am-12:30pm Saturday, November 24th, 1:30-5pm > Workshop: Introduction to Linocut

Mark Eadie

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Join Calgary-based artist Mark Eadie for an introductory class in linocut printmaking. Participants will learn the basics of this form of printmaking including a short history of the medium, tools, techniques, registration, editioning, hand printing, and using a printing press. Alberta Printmakers is generously providing some of the support materials for this program and the rest of the materials will be included

16+ only. Registration essential.

 

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Friday, November 30th, 6:30-8pm > Date Night at Esker

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Come escape the winter chill and let Esker be your host for date night! Drawing inspiration from our current exhibitions, you will have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and create your own artwork while honing your creative skills. Impress your date with your art know-how in this fun hands-on workshop, while sampling feature local wines and enjoying appetizers provided by Scarpetta Italian Eatery. After the program, continue your date at Scarpetta and receive a 15% discount off your meals.

Adults 18+ only, cash bar, registration essential.

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Saturday, December 1st, 1-5pm > Workshop: Drawing the Line

Sondra Meszaros

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Please note: new revised date.

Using the exploration of line and the grid in Esker’s fall exhibitions, this workshop will bring together the intellectual and emotional experiences that inform drawing processes. Through instinctual and rhythmic mark-making, participants will explore their individual creative vocabularies by becoming aware of methods that register differences in tone and texture. Through a number of experimentations, you will develop a series of drawings that pay special attention to the sensitivities and subtleties of touch. All materials will be provided, and participants are encouraged to come ready to be open to new materials and processes.

16+ only. Registration essential.

 

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Friday, December 7th, 7-8pm > Film Screening: ‘Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World’

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This moving documentary on the internationally renowned painter Agnes Martin was shot over a period of four years, from 1998 through 2002. Interviews with Martin are intercut with shots of her working in her studio located in Taos, New Mexico, with photographs and archival footage, and images of her artwork spanning over five decades. The film is a venue for Martin to speak about her work, her working methods, her life as an artist, and her views about the creative process.

Dir. Mary Lance, 2002, 57 mins.

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Esker Foundation is proud to partner with Sidewalk Citizen on our film series. The bakery is generously providing complimentary treats inspired by each film screening this fall.

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Sunday, December 9th, 1-2pm > Exhibition Tour: When the mind is untroubled

Shauna Thompson

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The exhibitions of Tammi Campbell, Agnes Martin, and Sarah Stevenson are united in an austere formal language of grid and line. However, foundational to these ascetic aesthetics are individual interests in emotion, physicality, and sensuality. Join Esker curator Shauna Thompson on this conversational walking tour that aims to illuminate the nuanced and affecting inspirations behind these three artists’ practices.

Registration recommended.