Art Gallery of Alberta



Refinery are an ongoing series of late-night art parties themed around current AGA exhibitions featuring 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.

Refinery | Danse Macabre
Saturday, October 29
9 pm–2 am | 18+ $45/$35 AGA Members
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Learn more about the AGA’s elegant Halloween party.

Explore your AGA’s Refinery parties in Nancy Tousley’s article for NGC Magazine>

View images from previous Refinery parties on our Facebook page.
View past Refinery dress codes on our Pinterest page >


Refinery Danse Macabre | October 29, 2016


View information and programming from past installments of Refinery:

Refinery en Vogue | March 19, 2016

Metal Refinery | November 28, 2015
Back to the Future Refinery | March 21, 2015

Shadow Play Refinery | November, 15, 2014
Road Trip Refinery | May 24, 2014
Cloud Nine Refinery | February 15, 2014

Funhouse Refinery | November 16, 2013
The Rip-Roarin’ Refinery | June 1, 2013
Interface at Refinery | February 9, 2013

The Monstrous Baroque Refinery | November 17, 2012
The Automatiste Refinery | June 23, 2012
Sewing the Heartland | March 24, 2012

Explorers of the North | November 19, 2011
Refinery Factory Party | June 4, 2011
Shapeshift at your AGA | March 5, 2011

Edward Burtynsky: OIL | November 20, 2010
The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons | July 10, 2010
AGA Refinery | February 6, 2010


Refinery: Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about Refinery? We have answers!


What does my ticket get me?

Each ticket includes exhibition access, installations, performance, all activities and light food.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets generally go on sale for AGA Members 4 weeks prior to the event for AGA Members. Public tickets are available about 2 weeks before the event.

How much are Refinery tickets?

Refinery tickets are $39 for AGA Members, 2 for 1 for Ultra Members and $45 for non-members.

How do I purchase my ticket?

You can purchase your ticket online, by phone: 780.392.2500 or at the Member and Guest Services desk at the Art Gallery of Alberta (#2 Sir Winston Churchill Square).

Do I get a tax receipt?

Tax receipts can not be given, because Refinery is not a fundraiser.

Can I refund my tickets?

Refinery tickets are non-refundable.

Can I give my ticket away to someone else?

Yes, you may give your ticket away to someone else to use.

Do I need a physical ticket to get in?

Only printed AGA tickets will be accepted. Please note, the email you receive after purchasing your tickets online is only a confirmation and receipt.

Are tickets available at the door?

Tickets are not available for purchase at the doors of the event.

Getting Ready

What do I need to bring to get in?

You will need your printed ticket(s) and government issued ID to enter.

Is there a coat check?

Coat check is provided in the winter months and costs $2 (cash only).

Can I bring a bag with me?

Small bags, such as purses, are allowed. Larger bags, such as backpacks, are not allowed and must be checked at coat check. All bags are subject to a bag check upon arrival.

Is there a dress code? Do I have to dress in theme?

Your AGA provides dress inspiration/ guidelines that correlates to each Refinery’s theme. You are encouraged to dress up, but will not be turned away based on your outfit.

Should I eat before arriving?

We provide appetizer-type food during the event. We do suggest to eat dinner before arriving!


What time do doors open?

Doors open at 9 pm.

Can I arrive late?

You may arrive at any time during the night. We suggest showing up earlier to ensure you are able to participate in all of the activities and take in all of the performances, exhibitions and installations.

How many people attend Refinery?

Approximately 750 people attend Refinery.

Are bags/ purses checked?

Purses or small bags are allowed in the event. Larger bags like backpacks must be checked at coat check. All bags are subject to a bag check upon arrival.

Do food and drinks cost money?

Food is complimentary. Drinks tickets can be purchased the night of the event.

Do I need cash?

Only cash is accepted for drink tickets and coat check.

Is there an ATM on site?

There is an ATM on site.

Will there be a line to see exhibitions or go on the terrace?

All of our spaces have a maximum capacity, and because of this, there may be line ups to get in to certain spaces. To ensure your safety and the protection of the art we must limit the capacity in each AGA space.

What is there to do at Refinery?

Each Refinery offers programming; including art making projects, themed installations, musical performances, exhibition access and more!

Is there music or dancing?

Each event features music, usually a DJ or live performances, that correlate to the specific Refinery theme. Dancing is always encouraged!

Are the exhibitions open?

Exhibitions are open until 1 am. We suggest showing up early to ensure you can see all of the current exhibitions.

Will there be a last call?

Last call is at 1 am.

After the party

Is there parking or transit near by?

The AGA does not have parking, but there are various parkades located around the square. You may also access the AGA via Churchill Station on the LRT.

Where can I get a cab?

You can call a cab to pick you up at your AGA or cabs can usually be found near The Westin, Jasper Avenue and the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald.

Is there a lost and found?

We have a lost and found bin for every Refinery. Please call 780.392.2500 if you have lost a belonging at Refinery.

What time does Refinery end?

Last call is at 1 am and the event ends at 2 am.