Art Gallery of Alberta

Creative Director

Refinery is a series of late-night art parties that are themed around current AGA exhibitions. Each Refinery is led by a different independent Creative Director from the community. Creative Directors are asked to develop programming that features local artists and interactive projects. Past Creative Directors for Refinery include Fish Griwkowsky, Jessica Kennedy and Tim Rechner. We are pleased to announce this upcoming Refinery is under the direction of Kristen Hutchinson and Jennifer Forsyth from the fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective.

Creative Directors’ Statement

“Adopting our curatorial approach for fast & dirty onto Refinery, we will be working with dancers, musicians and installation and performance artists to create an evening of beautiful horror. Inspired by the notion of the sublime, The Monstrous Baroque Refinery responds to the AGA exhibitions Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque and Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints. The artists in Refinery revamp several elements of 17th century Baroque art: the ornate, the theatrical, the decadent, the decorative and the enticing. The evening highlights the monstrous as frightening and whimsical, human and other worldly, grandiose and horrific. Refinery participants will experience a late-night art party where the opulent is rendered strange and the peculiar becomes extraordinary.”

– Kristen Hutchinson and Jennifer Forsyth, fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective


Jennifer Rae Forsyth

Jennifer Rae Forsyth holds a MFA from the University of Calgary, a BFA from the University of British Columbia and a diploma in Visual Art from Camosun College in Victoria. She is a visual artist and independent curator with a background in coordinating educational experiences in museum and academic settings. Forsyth is a co-founder of fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, group exhibitions in the US and Japan and has curated exhibitions in British Columbia and Alberta. Forsyth works as a Program Lead at the Alberta Museums Association where she facilitates learning opportunities for museum professionals.






Kristen Hutchinson 

Kristen Hutchinson is an artist, independent curator and art historian. She received her PhD in the History of Art from University College London in 2007 and has taught art history courses in Canada, the US and the U.K. Kristen is the co-founder of fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective. In her artistic practice, she uses collage, photography, video, installation and performance art to investigate the realms of memory, beauty, mortality, embodiment, the environment, urban space, queerness and the macabre. Kristen recently established her own business, kh1 art consulting, to help clients buy art for their homes and businesses, provide writing and research services to artists and offer private art history courses in her home. Visit her website at