Current Public Programs

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Thursday, March 23rd, 7-8:30pm > Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

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Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, circa 1494-1516 (detail). Courtesy of Kino Lorber. Collection of Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. This late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city, causing uproar with his fantastical and utterly unique paintings in which hell and the devil always played a prominent role. In preparation for the exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of his art, using infrared cameras to examine the sketches beneath the paint, in the hope of discovering more about the artist’s process.

Dir. Pieter van Huystee, 2015, 89 mins.
Dutch, English, Italian, and Spanish with English subtitles.

Registration recommended. This program is now full. If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please follow the register link to Eventbrite.

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Friday, March 31st, 7-8pm > Inventions and Interventions in Inuit Art

Dr. Heather Igloliorte

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Image courtesy of Heather Igloliorte.

In this lecture Dr. Heather Igloliorte examines the history of modern and contemporary Inuit art by investigating how artistic innovation and interventions have changed and expanded the field of production. Examining works that break from convention from the mid-twentieth century to the present, Igloliorte will discuss the history of Inuit art as one of constant renewal, reexamination, and creativity.

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Saturday, April 8th, 9:30am-12pm Saturday, April 8th, 1-3:30pm > Hand-built Sculpture Workshop at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre

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Image courtesy of North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.

Join a North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre artist/instructor in a professional ceramic studio to learn basic hand-building techniques, and experience the unique qualities of clay. Each participant will create a small sculpture that will be glazed and available for pick up at Esker Foundation after the workshop. No experience is required and all materials will be provided; however, participants must be over the age of 16 to participate. This class will take place at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre and each participant must arrange their own transportation to and from this location.

Esker Foundation is excited to work with North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre to offer this off-site workshop. This City of Calgary facility has been offering fine arts classes and studio space to Calgarians of all ages and abilities for more than 25 years.

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Friday, April 21st, 7-8pm > Medalta: Where the Future Meets the Past

Aaron Nelson

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Aaron Nelson. Photo by Susan Knight

Medalta is an innovative industrial museum, contemporary ceramic arts facility, art gallery, and community hub located in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Working from a mixed economy business model, this once static museum has been transformed into a dynamic third space that activates community and inspires change. Join Aaron Nelson, Associate Director of Medalta, on this informative talk that will discuss Medalta’s experience-based education program, its world-renowned artist residencies, and its unique pottery facilities and distribution enterprise.

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Thursday, April 27th, 7-8pm > Life on Mars

Shauna Thompson

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Shary Boyle & Shuvinai Ashoona, Universal Cobra Pussy, 2011.

Join curator Shauna Thompson as she contextualizes why and how the works in Earthlings have been brought together through a PowerPoint presentation on the curatorial process, precedent exhibitions, and studio co-operatives in the North, as well as some of the relationships and intersections among various works on display.

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Saturday, May 6th, 8am-7pm > Medalta Bus Tour

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Image of Medalta. Photo by: Kristian Jungk.

Join us for a day trip to Medicine Hat to visit Medalta’s iconic beehive kilns and old ceramics factory, an early and un-altered reminder of the beginning of Western Canada’s industrial revolution. We will visit Medalta’s artist-in-residence centre where Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, and John Kurok created some of the artwork on exhibition at Esker. We will tour a working studio as Medalta staff create pottery using historic machines and methods from over a century ago. Bus transportation to and from Medalta and lunch from a local café will be provided. Unfortunately, this program is not wheelchair accessible.

Lunch and Medalta tour fee: $40

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