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.
Each Refinery is led by an independent Creative Director. Creative Directors are asked to develop programming for the evening and assist with the vision of this popular event. Past Refinery Creative Directors include: Fish Griwkowsky, Jessica Kennedy, Tim Rechner, fast & dirty Artist and Curatorial Collective, Kyle Armstrong, Colleen Brown and Kristine Nutting.
Explore your AGA’s Refinery parties in Nancy Tousley’s article for NGC Magazine>
Refinery en Vogue | March 19, 2016 (details coming soon)
View information and programming from past installments of Refinery:
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!
1. What does my ticket get me?
2. When do tickets go on sale?
3. How much are Refinery tickets?
4. How do I purchase my ticket?
5. Do I get a tax receipt?
6. Can I refund my tickets?
7. Can I give my ticket away to someone else?
8. Do I need a physical ticket to get in?
9. Are tickets available at the door?
1. What time do doors open?
2. Can I arrive late?
3. How many people attend Refinery?
4. Are bags/ purses checked?
5. Do food and drinks cost money?
6. Do I need cash?
7. Is there an ATM on site?
8. Will there be a line to see exhibitions or go on the terrace?
9. What is there to do at Refinery?
10. Is there music or dancing?
11. Are the exhibitions open?
12. Will there be a last call?
After the party
What does my ticket get me?
When do tickets go on sale?
How much are Refinery tickets?
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?
Can I refund my tickets?
Can I give my ticket away to someone else?
Do I need a physical ticket to get in?
Are tickets available at the door?
What do I need to bring to get in?
Is there a coat check?
Can I bring a bag with me?
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?
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?
Are bags/ purses checked?
Do food and drinks cost money?
Do I need cash?
Is there 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?
Is there music or dancing?
Are the exhibitions open?
Will there be a last call?
Last call is at 1 am.
After the party
Is there parking or transit near by?
Where can I get a cab?
Is there a lost and found?
What time does Refinery end?
Last call is at 1 am and the event ends at 2 am.