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 waitlist. All programming requires that an adult accompany children under the age of 16.

Please note: the remaining crash course presentation will launch on Monday 25 March at 11am.
Read and download the winter exhibitions and programs brochure here.

 

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Friday, March 15th, 8-10pm Sunday, April 7th, 9:30-11am Sunday, May 5th, 9:30-11am > Ecstatic Dance

Marie-Claire O’Donoghue

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When was the last time you gave yourself permission to just dance without judgement, expectation, or wanting to look a certain way? Ecstatic Dance creates a setting for you to let go of your daily structured movement patterning, and let your body speak through dance. Accompanied by a wide variety of music and a carefully structured setlist, let yourself be swept away by the rhythms and melodies. Let your body take control, rather than the expectations of your mind. This is a safe space to explore how free-form dance and movement can open us to different layers within ourselves and each other. Come connect, dance, move, and play!

All ages and experience levels welcome.
Adult accompaniment required for children under 16.
Please dress appropriately for this activity.

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Saturday, March 23rd, 1-5pm > Workshop: Speculative Science Fiction Poetry and Collage

Craig Fahner

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In his video works, Jeremy Shaw nods to a post-human future by digging into the past. Through the superimposition of text upon found footage, Shaw generates a work of speculative science fiction by collaging elements from past and present media. Harkening back to the cut-up poetry technique of the Dadaist movement, participants in this workshop will create collaged vignettes that meld the imagery of the past with contemporary text, creating snapshots of potential futures. This workshop will begin with a presentation on remix and collage techniques, with a focus on the practices of the Dadaist art movement. Participants will then be provided with a number of sources from which to construct and caption collages. All materials will be provided.

16+ only. Registration essential.

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Friday, March 29th, 7-8pm > Film Screenings: ‘Meshes of the Afternoon’ & ‘La Jetée’

Maya Deren, Chris Marker

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Meshes of the Afternoon
Conceived and directed by Maya Deren, and made in collaboration with cinematographer Alexander Hammid, Meshes of the Afternoon is an experimental, non-narrative silent film. For Deren, the film is meant to portray “the inner realities of an individual and the way in which the subconscious will develop, interpret and elaborate an apparently simple and casual incident into a critical emotional experience.”

Dir. Maya Deren, 1943, 16mm film, Black and White, Silent; 14 minutes.

La Jetée
Constructed almost entirely from still photographs, Chris Marker’s award-winning short film La Jetée tells the story of a haunted survivor of World War III who journeys into the past in search of a fleeting memory, only to discover the terrifying moment of death.

Dir. Chris Marker, 1963, Black and White/Monochrome; Sound; 27 minutes.

Registration recommended.

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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Friday, April 5th, 7-8pm > Exhibition Tour: Raise Your Hands Up to the Sky

Naomi Potter

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Join Naomi Potter for a tour of Neil Campbell and Jeremy Shaw’s exhibitions. Asking participants to question their ability to let go of their objectives, assumptions, and need to control, this tour considers how one can be fully present, not only in these exhibitions, but in the world at large.

Registration recommended.

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Friday, April 12th, 6:30-8pm > Date Night at Esker

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Spring is in the air, 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 wine and enjoying appetizers.

Adults 18+ only, cash bar.
Registration essential.

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Saturday, April 13th, 1-2:30pm > Walking Tour: Mourning Home

Glenna Cardinal

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Artist Glenna Cardinal has a bone-deep connection to the reserve land that she grew up on, the land that was her Tsuut’ina Nation grandmothers’ and is now the Southwest Calgary Ring Road. Join Cardinal for a conversational walking tour, beginning with her work on view in the Esker Foundation Project Space and ending with her installation Tina Dik’iizh | clear road or clear trail in the Elders’ Guidance Circle at the Calgary Public Library—with discussion of various places in between. Presented in partnership with TRUCK Contemporary Art.

Rain or shine, please dress appropriately for walking outside.

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Tuesday, April 16th, 6-7:30pm > Workshop: Meditation and Chanting

Pheli Dlamini

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Connect with your inner intuition and collective energy, and stimulate your creativity in this guided meditation and chanting workshop with licensed Science of Mind Practitioner Pheli Dlamini. Take the time to shut out the outside world and focus within. Dlamini states: “I believe future societies will live in this way, being connected within; from that connection anything is possible, especially creativity.”

16+ only. Registration essential.

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

Laura Vickerson

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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.

Join Laura Vickerson for a discussion on contemporary fibre practice. String was one of the earliest forms of technology. Textiles have since become an intimate material made and used across cultures and civilizations. Recently, they have become a material of choice in the larger art world, revealing fibre’s enduring capacity to tell stories.

Laura Vickerson is a Calgary-based installation artist and educator. She is a Professor at the Alberta College of Art & Design. Her art production varies from the intimate to the expansive.

Registration essential, open 25 March at 11am.
Attendance is limited to 20 participants per class.

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Friday, April 26th, 7-8pm > Workshop: My Old Body, My Old Mind: Listening Experience

Dada Centauri

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Dada Centauri, a duo of Calgary synth explorers Andrew Hume and Whitney Ota will be soundtracking a listening experience. Please lie down, close your eyes and be led through the landscape of their aural environment as they send their semi- improvised blips, bloops and sequences into deep space. When asked about the performance, the duo had this to say: “Calming the mind is even more difficult in the world today. As hard as I try to remove distractions, the more I focus on my old body, my old mind. Even with new parts, there is no stillness in my mind. Upgrades… Failing to download.”

Adult accompaniment required for children under 16. Please bring a yoga mat.

Registration is essential.

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Friday, May 3rd, 7-8pm > Exhibition Tour: States of Transcendence

Elizabeth Diggon

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Neil Campbell and Jeremy Shaw explore transcendence, psychedelia, and altered states of mind through vastly different materials and formal strategies. Join Elizabeth Diggon, Esker’s Assistant Curator, on this conversational tour that considers how Campbell and Shaw evoke these ideas to gesture towards histories of counterculture and speculative dystopic futures.

Registration recommended.