Art Gallery of Alberta


Bring Your Own Party

Third Wednesday of every month
5–9 pm

Free with Gallery Admission

Bring your own party to your AGA! Taking place on the third Wednesday of the month, we invite you to bring the party to us, with engaging themes and activities that guarantee a fun time for all. With board games, LEGO building, prizes and more, BYOP is just one more reason to visit your AGA on our Late-Night Wednesdays!


September 18

September 18: Photo Op with Patrick Arès-Pilon

Focus in at your AGA at this photo-inspired BYOP. Bring your camera or camera phone to capture our iconic building in unique ways. Take part in an Instagram scavenger hunt and have fun peeking at stereoscopic imagery.

le Show de Peep

Le Tivoli is pleased to present a stereoscopic, interactive art installation entitled le Show de Peep. For the mere sum of 25¢, ladies and gents have the pleasure of viewing seven original three-dimensional images in View-master form that evoke the imagination.

Patrick Arès-Pilon
Directeur de Le Tivoli, Patrick Arès-Pilon aime se promener dans rues en contemplant la beauté innée du bruit, de la lumière et du movement entre les espaces present. Amant du film Patrick s’intéresse à sa preservation, à sa disintegration et à sa projection tout en explorant une esthétique synesthétique.

October 16

October 16: Game Night

Bring your favorite board game to the Gallery! We’ll have tables set up, along with some classic games ready for anyone to play. Get ready for some heated competition as we challenge you to find all of the words in Megan Morman’s giant word search Now You See It.

Sſtabhmontown Adventures
“Under yonder ruins are riches—that’s where heroes like Kilgore ‘the Exalted’ II, Sheba the Destroyer, Bronzebeard the Average, and Mumblefluff, elfin occultist, first made their names. Venture into the depths, if only for a moment, and see if you too might return richly rewarded, or are lost forever.”
Join a DIY-style adventure game with a table of rotating fellow players. Our game might be: a rewriting of the 1970s-born fad that now underscores today’s mass-media landscape; comedic improvisational chatter; drawing maps and rolling dice; or perhaps just an unpredictable series of events.

Adam Waldron-Blain’s interest in games has been close to his art practice since its beginning. In 2011 at the Banff Centre he guided artists up a magic mountain to steal goblins’ treasure, and continues to play hide-and-seek, board, and role-playing games every week. He calls it “my drawing practice”.

BYOP: Game Night is generously supported by the Edmonton Arts Council.

November 20

November 20: LEGO-mania

What happens when art and LEGO collide? Join in brick-building fun with your AGA and Media Architecture Design Edmonton (MADE). Offer your colourful contribution to a collaborative art piece, or show us your skills by responding to one of our design challenges. Use the LEGO provided, or bring your own.

MADE is a forum for the discussion of media, architecture and design in Edmonton. We serve the general public, and professionals in the fields of architecture, graphic design, industrial design, landscape architecture, interior design, photography, fine art, and film, to name a few.

MADE supports the Edmonton creative community by hosting events, and providing opportunities for local designers to explore new ideas and showcase their work.

MADE is operated by a volunteer board and is a registered not-for-profit organization under the Alberta Societies Act.
MADE-fullname | | @MADEinEdm

December 18

December 18: Snow & Ice

Let’s use the cold weather to our advantage and get creative with snow! Bring your own moulds to make snow forts and sculptures on our Outdoor Sculpture Terrace. We’ll be providing colourful spray, so you can decorate the snow. We’ll also have warmer activities for those too cold to venture outside.

Snow Sculptures

Participants will explore sculpture using snow as their medium. Practical tips and snow sculpting tools will be provided. An adventurous spirit, warm clothes and mittens are recommended.

Edmonton based artist Ritchie Velthuis has been a practicing his craft for most of his life. This commitment was rewarded with the distinct honour of designing a Homeless Memorial for Edmonton in 2011 which was collaboratively created with Keith Turnbull, Mike Turnbull and numerous community artists.

After attending the Design Arts Program at Grant McEwan Community College in Edmonton, Velthuis worked as a graphic artist for several years but was always drawn back to a fine art sensibility. The last 25 years have been devoted to exploring sculpture in various mediums including clay, resin, stone, cement, ice, and snow. In recent years, Ritchie Velthuis has been fortunate to share his expertise with others and teaches ice, snow sculpture and figurative sculpture and various other ceramic courses in art centers and schools throughout Edmonton.