About Artcity

Artcity Festival is Calgary's annual celebration of visual art, architecture, and design. For 10 days each year, new artworks, installations, and projects are temporarily inserted into the urban landscape for discovery and engagement by ordinary citizens and interested parties.

Artcity produces an extensive amount of interpretive content as well, with lectures, podcasts, and educational tours dispersed throughout the exhibition schedule. 

All Artcity events are open to the public with free admission. 

The 20th annual Artcity Festival will take place September 9th to the 17th of 2011, under the thematic banner of "Rebirth".


Artcity is produced by the Visual Arts Week Society (VAWS), a non-profit, volunteer-run society dedicated to enhancing the public's experience and enjoyment of contemporary visual arts, architecture and design.

Artcity brings art and architecture into the spaces where the public lives and works. The organization recognizes the continually changing needs of artists and the nature of artistic presentation, and as such, provides flexible exhibition opportunities to individuals and groups working in all (inter-) disciplines. The Festival opens possibilities in Calgary for conversations, debates and realizations about how and what artists, architects and designers do and how they see and shape the world around us. Artcity programs new, critically engaged work by professional artists in dynamic settings, and supports activities of a similar nature in the broader Calgary community through partnerships and joint programming ventures with arts organiztions and educational institutions. The society provides a high-profile infrastructure to independent practices that move existing genres and ideas forward.

Our History

Founded in 1991, ARTCITY Festival was once known as Artweek. Formed to facilitate two major art projects in Calgary, at a time when the city lacked a civic art-focused cultural program, Artweek's first exhibitions were large shows held in office towers downtown. The early shows were comprised primarily of painting and sculpture from the University of Lethbridge collection, and later curated exhibitions were developed to relect current and emerging art practice in Alberta and beyond. At the turn of the millenium, the festival focused strongly on regionalism and was a key supporter of the 2000 Alberta Biennial. In 2001, Artweek merged with Artwalk and renamed ARTCITY Festival.

For the past 10 years, ARTCITY Festival has had no major connection to either Artweek or Artwalk, and has become its own independant celebration of the arts.

Artcity Festival is known for its high profile roster of national and international art and architecture professionals and for it's contribution to Calgary's burgeoning visual culture through collaborative programming support and shared promotion with like minded organizations.

Artcity 2011 Volunteer Board Members and Employees

Meredith Angus - Administrative Director

Lindsay Brandon - Visual Arts Chair

John Frosst - Creative Director

Brianne Hamilton - Design Chair

Jonathan Karpetz - Secretary

Andrew Mackie - President/Architecture Chair

Katrina Olson - Marketing

Jaimie Driedger - Volunteer Chair

Brennan Tilley - Treasurer

Joel Tobman - Design/Marketing

Wilson Wong - Design Chair


Artcity 2010 Volunteer Board Members and Employees

Meredith Angus - Assistant Director

Lindsay Brandon - Visual Arts Chair

John Frosst - Executive Director

Bradley Harms - Vice President

Jonathan Karpetz - Secretary

Andrew Mackie - President/Architecture Chair

Katrina Olson - Marketing

Dena Seiferling - Design Chair

Artcity 2009 Volunteer Board Members and Employees

Meredith Angus - Assistant Director

Lindsay Brandon - Visual Arts Chair

Thea Campbell - Architecture Chair

John Frosst - Assistant Director/Installation

Bradley Harms - Vice President

Jonathan Karpetz - Secretary

Wednesday Lupypciw - Assistant Director

Andrew Mackie - President

Katrina Olson - Marketing

Gail Scheuring - Treasurer




September 17th, 2011

David Hoffos is a video installation artist based in Lethbridge, AB.

He has shown at the National Art Gallery, been featured in Canadian Art Magazine and has received many awards including 2nd place in the inaugural Sobey Art Award. Join us as Hoffos takes us through his large body of works, his interdisciplinary collaborations and his take on art today. Sponsored by SteamWhistle, among others. Come grab a (free?) beer and listen to one of Alberta's premier artists.


7:30 PM in the Engineered Air Theatre in The Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts

Desert of Forbidden Art Desert of Forbidden Art

Thursday, Sept.15

September 15th, 2011


Director - Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope

Thursday, September 15th at 7pm - Uptown Stage and Screen

Desert of Forbidden Art Directed by Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope

Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, Ed Asner, and Sally Field


Thursday September 15 @ 7pm, Uptown Stage & Screen

How does art survive oppression? Artists staying true to their vision under Soviet rule are executed, sent to mental hospitals or gulags. Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. Incredibly, he daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from KGB eyes. Penniless Savitsky cunningly amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art, even discovering an unknown school of artists with a startlingly original style. Located in one of the world's poorest regions, one of the world’s most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art is now a lucrative target. The collection remains as endangered as when Savitsky first created it, begging the question: whose responsibility is it to preserve this cultural treasure?

Q&A with visiting director Tchavdar Georgiev to follow screening!

Shon Anderson - Flowing Shon Anderson - Flowing

Things to do on Monday

September 12th, 2011

Two great works to check out once the sun goes down tonight.


First, if your walking down Stephen Avenue tonight, be sure to stop outside Sport Chek (the old McNally Robinson bookstore) and look for the Artcity TV playing Shon Anderson's animation 'Flowing'.The TV is attached to a green light post.


Next, why not head down and visit the wonderful staff at the Hop In Brew Pub? Enjoy a drink, and before you leave, look up towards the top balcony - One of Lowell Smith's pieces from 'Digital Wind" is hanging from the roof. 

!Women Art Revolution !Women Art Revolution


September 11th, 2011

Today is your last chance to see Amy Malbeuf's performance 'Modicum Divine'. It takes place at 1pm in the empty lot diretly next to the King Edward Hotel! The performance is only 15 minutes long so get there right around 1.


Secondly, there is a great film presented by Calgary Underground Film Festival, !Women Art Revolution playing at the Uptown at 2 pm.

There will be a panel discussion following the film.


Can't wait!

Amy Malbeuf Amy Malbeuf


September 10th, 2011

Hey Everyone!


Two great things are happening today - Amy Malbeuf's Modicum Divine happens today at 1pm, in the lot next to The King Edward Hotel.


Secondly, tonight is our Opening Gala! 9 pm, at the #1 Legion downtown. See you there!