Art Gallery of Alberta

Guests become part of the artwork at your AGA’s first Refinery party of 2013!

Guests become part of the artwork at your AGA’s first Refinery party of 2013!

Edmonton, AB (January 11/13) – The Art Gallery of Alberta’s (AGA) popular late-night art party returns with INTERFACE at Refinery on Saturday, February 9, 9 pm-2 am. Tickets go on sale to AGA Members on January 15; remaining tickets are on sale to the public on January 29. Tickets and AGA Memberships are available for purchase online at

This edition of Refinery sees guests becoming part of the featured artwork. By dressing all in white, Refinery guests will become a living canvas for the film and light projections that will engulf the Gallery interior that night, letting them connect with the art of Refinery on a whole new level. Guests will explore their creative side through art activities, such as film manipulation and creating their own projections. They will also be able to experience a 25¢ ‘peep show’, an audio-visual performance and a series of video installations, in addition to taking in the AGA’s latest exhibitions.

INTERFACE at Refinery, the 10th edition of the late-night art party series, is under the creative direction of Kyle Armstrong, a local filmmaker and artist featured in the AGA’s upcoming exhibition The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. For this Refinery party, Armstrong will install multiple projections on diverse surfaces around the Gallery. Entitled decay and the medium of memory and Mirror, these projections of manipulated and decomposing motion picture images will be mixed with live-feed footage from the party. Armstrong has created a special teaser trailer for this installment of Refinery. Watch it at

Other artists featured at this late-night art party are: Patrick Arès-Pilon, Alysha Creighton (also a 2013 Alberta Biennial artist) and Mark Templeton.

Film and video play an important role in the upcoming The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, opening January 26. The exhibition’s guest curator, Nancy Tousley, has included an extensive film, video and performance program to make this Alberta Biennial one of the most diverse to date. A total of 36 artists from nine Alberta communities are showcased in this exhibition, the 8th Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art.


INTERFACE at Refinery
Late-Night Art Party
Saturday, February 9, 9 pm-2 am
$45/$39 +GST AGA Members

Tickets on sale to AGA Members January 15; public tickets on sale January 29
Tickets available at Refinery is an 18+ event. Guests will be asked for ID at the door.

NEW: Only official tickets printed by the AGA will be accepted at the event. Guests will receive their official Refinery tickets in the mail.


For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468  E:



Refinery is not an AGA fundraising event but one of the unique ways the Art Gallery of Alberta connects people, art and ideas. Refinery has become one of Alberta’s must-attend events and tickets are known to sell out in advance every time. Thousands of guests have taken part in this series of late-night art parties, which are often themed around current AGA exhibitions and feature projects by artists, designers and performers from the local arts community. Refinery aims to provide audiences with access to art in its many diverse forms, media and manifestations.



The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.