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Talks & Lectures

Talks & Lectures



Wednesday, April 2 | The Jasper/Robson Lecture: Lisa Christensen | More information >

Wednesday, April 9 | Lyndal Osborne In-Gallery Talk | More information >

Wednesday, April 23 | The AGA Presents: Brett Wilson | More information >


Tuesday, May 13 | In-Gallery Talk: Jasper / Robson, 1924 | More information >

Saturday, May 17 | Panel Discussion: 90 x 90 | More information >


Monday, June 9 | Our City of Queer Champions | More information >

Thursday, June 12 | In-Gallery Talk: High Adventure | More information >

Thursday, June 19 | Curator’s Tour: New Lines | More information >


Wednesday, July 2 | Conversation with the Artist: Alma Louise Visscher | More information >


Your AGA at Metro Cinema


Metro Cinema at the historic Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street
Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office

Your AGA and Metro Cinema Society are partnering up to bring you another exciting season of critically acclaimed feature-length films themed around our latest exhibitions. AGA members receive a $2 discount to these films by presenting their member card at the Metro Cinema Box Office.

High Altitude Film Series

The High Altitude Film Series features four films that delve into the great outdoors. Taking place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, this film series coincides with two AGA exhibitions, High Adventure: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield, 1924 and Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924. It will kick off on April 22 with 127 Hours.

April 22 | 7 pm | 127 hours | More information >
May 27 | 7 pm | Jeremiah Johnson | More information >
June 24 | 7 pm | Brokeback Mountain | More information >
July 22 | 7pm | The Claim | More information >


All films are presented in partnership between the Art Gallery of Alberta and Metro Cinema Society.

Other Film Screenings

June 26 | 6 pm | From Nothing, Something | More information >

Art for Lunch

Art for Lunch


Third Thursday of every month 12:10-12:50 pm
Ledcor Theatre Foyer

Feed your appetite with Art for Lunch! Art for Lunch is an informal lecture series designed to heighten your understanding of current AGA exhibitions. Bring your own lunch – or pick something up from the Terrace Café on the AGA’s third floor.

April 17

Photographing the Rockies: Byron Harmon and the Columbia Icefields

In 1924, photographer Byron Harmon set out on a large expedition to photograph the Columbia Icefields. Equipped with a motion-picture camera and multiple still cameras, Harmon brought back images for a public desiring sights of this rugged terrain. In this Art for Lunch, learn more about Harmon’s daunting trek and the legacy of his photography in the early years of tourism in the Canadian Rockies.

Held in conjunction with High Adventures: Byron Harmon in the Columbia Icefield, 1924.

May 15

Art in the Park: Jasper and the Group of Seven

In 1924 two members of the Group of Seven, Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson, travelled to the Alberta Rockies for the first time. The trip occurred at a time when Jasper National Park was being developed into the tourist destination it is today. This lecture will discuss the history of these two artists in Alberta and the development of Jasper Park during this time period.

Held in conjunction with Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson: Jasper / Robson, 1924.

June 19

Alberta Art and the History of the AGA

From its first location at the Hotel MacDonald to the current address at Churchill Square, the Art Gallery of Alberta has played a key role in celebrating the province’s art scene. In this Art For Lunch, learn about the development of the Gallery within the city of Edmonton and find out more about the many artists who have been exhibited here over the past 90 years.

Held in conjunction with 90 x 90.


Art for Lunch is going on summer vacation for the months of July and August. See you in September!

AGA Book Club

Book Club


Explore the dynamic connections found between the visual arts and literature! The AGA Book Club is an exciting partnership between the Art Gallery of Alberta and The Edmonton Public Library. This season, we will be discussing books inspired by the exhibitions CHAGALL: Daphne et Chloé, Thomas Bewick, Flora and Fauna, High Adventure and Jasper / Robson. Join us for a lively discussion of the book, followed by a tour of the exhibition it was themed around.

Silent Spring
by Rachel Carson

Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm
Yellow Studio, Singhmar Centre for Art Education, Lower Level
Free; Register now >
Book is available for purchase at Shop AGA

Considered the inspiration for the environmental movement, Silent Spring has also been dubbed one of the most harmful books of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Rachel Carson was a respected scientist and an award-winning writer when she wrote about the impact of chemicals on the environment and unleashed a storm of controversy that continues more than fifty years after the publication of her ground-breaking work. Join the AGA Book Club on April 23, at 7 p.m., when we discuss Silent Spring and its impact.

Held in conjunction with Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired By Nature.

Road Tripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals
by Conni Massing

Wednesday, May 28, 7 pm
Yellow Studio, Singhmar Centre for Art Education, Lower Level
Free; Registration Required >

Before the AGA Book Club takes a break for summer vacation, please join us for a discussion of Edmonton playwright Conni Massing’s first foray into non-fiction. Road Tripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals is a travel memoir and a celebration of some of the unique places and stories of Alberta. For ten years, Massing and a group of like-minded friends from the Alberta theatre scene took a road trip to explore some of the more unusual attractions that Alberta has to offer. Massing’s memoir explores the nature of friendship alongside the “strange charms of rural Alberta.”

“A perfect little book through which to explore the province.” (Alex Rettie, Alberta Views, July/August, 2011, p.60)

“…even though Massing may sometimes feel like a stranger in a strange land, Road Tripping, her love letter to her home province, is both funny and inspiring.” (Christina Decarie, Quill & Quire, May 2010, vol. 76, no. 4, p.28)

Held in conjunction with 90 x 90.

The program is presented in partnership with the Edmonton Public Library. Go to for more information on their many available Book Club programs.


Drawing Night

Wednesday, June 25, 5 – 9 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission

Come to your AGA for a creative night filled with hands-on drawing activities throughout the building! Take part in a drop-in workshop with local artists Josh Holinaty and Lee Nielsen, pick up a colouring sheet inspired by the Jill Stanton installation Strange Dream, and test out your figure drawing skills with live models in the exhibition space!

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