Visual AIDS presents TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. Esker Foundation is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Charan Singh (India/UK), and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda).
Online Programs & Resources
Esker Foundation provides free learning programs in response to our current exhibitions to encourage engagement and increase accessibility to contemporary art and artists. Check out our new Family Programs and Youth Programs pages. Explore all of our online programs below.
To register click on the program descriptions below, or call: 403-930-2490.
Please note that due to COVID-19 our programs are being offered online using Zoom, held in Mountain Standard Time (MST) time zone. Registration is required to participate. Space in the programs is limited. We request that you please provide 72 hours notice for cancellations so we can offer your ticket to the waitlist. Tickets are non-transferrable.
Upcoming Online Programs
In this talk, Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Jon Sasaki will discuss the four video works in his exhibition Killing One Bird with Half a Stone and the themes they share with other recent
projects. Motifs such as anxiety, solitude, resourcefulness, flexibility, and creative problem solving have long underscored his art practice, and perhaps take on a heightened immediacy in
the age of COVID-19.
Children and families are invited to join us for an afternoon of creative story making with comic creator and local artist Nicole Wolf. From fast-paced exercises designed to explore storytelling and spark creativity, to basics like drawing panels, using word balloons and developing characters, Nicole will lead us through the stages of bringing a story to life. This workshop will give beginner and intermediate comic-makers new tools to use as they create their own stories. Suggested for ages 10 and up, but younger siblings are welcome to join.
Shannon Norberg is a fine art consultant, art preparator and the Director of Jarvis Hall Gallery (JHG) in Calgary, Alberta. In 2010, Jarvis Hall Gallery was founded and shortly thereafter began representing a dynamic roster of emerging, mid-career, and established artists from across North America. Since its inception, JHG has been passionately committed to supporting the practice of contemporary Canadian artists to foster a deeper understanding of their creative processes. Under Shannon’s direction, JHG began leading the way in gender equity and bridging the gap for underrepresented female artists in the commercial art world. Join us in discussing why Gender Equity matters and what galleries, museums and collectors can do to balance the scales within the art world.
In this workshop you will be introduced to the basic concepts to consider when hanging a framed piece of artwork. Hanging methods, alignment, and spacing are among the topics that will be covered. The instructor, Head Preparator at Esker Foundation Doug Haslam, will demonstrate the hanging of a framed piece from beginning to end with detailed explanations of the various challenges that may be encountered. A tools and materials list will be provided.
Youth Workshop: Make Your Own Badges with Fashion Designers Kristi Woo and Claudia Franco-Slater. Join Kristi Woo (Riyoko, Designer), and Claudia Franco-Slater to learn how to stitch and embroider badges. Create handmade with love stocking stuffers, or some fun patches for your scarves, hats and coats!
Conversational and informal, these virtual tours will guide guests through all three exhibitions. Through connecting the entwined thematic, material, and formal qualities of the works of Liz Magor, Samuel Roy-Bois, and Jon Sasaki, we can call into question our relationships to the things we have (and their relationships to us), to our habits of consumption, and to even larger conversations about collecting, recycling, and the eventual disposal of these once valuable items.
Love drawing or doodling? Use it as a tool to calm your mind and body through mindfulness. Watch the video below: WHAT IS MINDFULNESS? Mindfulness is the ability to be connected to the present moment, and what you’re doing in >> read more
It’s a beautiful time of year to get outside and appreciate the magic of the natural world. For this activity, all you will need is some duck tape, some curiosity, and a sense of adventure! “Let’s use our breath, to >> read more
Summer is in full bloom which means it’s time for another fun activity that starts outside! In the first part of this project, we will get out and explore our favourite park or our backyard to collect some colourful blooms >> read more
Pajaki is a traditional Polish folk craft made from paper and rye straw. These mobile hangings date back to the 18th century when they were made by women in the countryside to decorate their homes, and scare away bad luck. >> read more
Sock puppets are a great project to make and play with on a rainy day! To make a sock puppet you will need: – A pair of socks – A small piece of cardboard – Scissors – Hot glue or >> read more
Make a flower press and add dried flowers to your drawings and sketches. FOR THE FLOWER PRESSING YOU’LL NEED: Method 1 (time): -10-40 small flowers and leaves -2 pieces of medium to thick corrugated cardboard (like from a larger cardboard >> read more
Add some plant life to your bedroom or kitchen with this hanger made by up-cycling an old T-shirt. ALL YOU’LL NEED: -An old T-shirt, preferably size Medium or larger -Scissors INSTRUCTIONS: -Lay your t-shirt flat. Cut 8 strips (approx. >> read more
WHAT YOU WILL NEED -Free Stop Motion Studio App (Requires Android 5.0 and up). -Tripod. You can make your own tripod out of a paper-towel roll: https://bit.ly/2YmyRNo -To photograph a work surface with your phone facing down (like the example), >> read more
The sun is out, it’s time to get outside and get creative. Try this project on your own, or invite a friend to do it with you at a safe distance (2 metres apart!), or virtually. Go for a walk >> read more
Make your own Katie Ohe inspired Kinetic Cube sculpture, and decorate it with your favourite photos, memories, and artworks. For a detailed step by step guide on how to make this watch this video and download the pdf below. Download >> read more