Free This Week

Get your fill of art at these free events

  • Location: Various Venues

If you’re looking for free arts experiences around town, this week’s offerings include artist talks, workshops, exhibition tours, live music and more. Your calendar will be packed — make sure to get out there!

Tim Williams, blues and roots artist

February 21, 2024, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1 St. SE)
Free to attend

Longtime Canadian blues and roots artist Tim Williams began his career in the coffee houses of Southern California as a teenager before signing with Epic Records and releasing his first EP in 1968. Catch him live for a noon-hour concert!

Artist Talk by J Scope

February 22, 2024, 4 – 5pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation for an exciting online event, the ICAI Artist Talk by J Scope! Get ready to be inspired as the renowned hip-hop artist J Scope shares insights into their creative journey, artistic techniques, and the stories behind their captivating artworks.

Han Sungpil: Artist Talk

February 21, 2024, 5 – 7pm
TrépanierBaer Gallery (Suite #105, 999 8 St. SW)
Free to attend

TrépanierBaer Gallery invites you to artist Han Sungpil’s talk and walk-through of his exhibition, Canadian Fever. The talk begins at 5:30pm — see you at the gallery!

Mimetic Desire: Exhibitions Tour

February 22, 2024, 6 – 7pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Esker Foundation curators Elizabeth Diggon and Shauna Thompson for tours of the exhibitions: Tropicana, Corotos y Ajuares, Parting Gift for Quarantine Blues, and Edelweiss. Make sure to register!

Aesthetic Self-Medication: Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose’s Sick Art, a Talk by Jean-Thomas Tremblay  

February 22, 2024, 7:30pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW)
Free to attend

As part of the Resistance & Respiration exhibition programming, this talk, stemming from Tremblay’s book Breathing Aesthetics, tracks adaptations to changing respiratory conditions in the performance art and life writing of Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose.

Bring the Baby Exhibition Tour & Tummy Time

February 23, 2024, 12 – 1pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Parents, caregivers and their babies are invited to join Esker for this gentle baby-led conversational tour where they explore some of the themes in their current exhibitions while considering our youngest participants’ reactions to the artwork, and providing them with a stimulating experience.

Open Studio for 55+

February 23, 2024, 1 – 4pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW)
Free to attend

Contemporary Calgary’s Open Studio for 55+ on Fridays in February invites participants to bring projects they are currently engaged in, or ideas and materials for projects, offering the opportunity to work with the support of peers and a facilitator with a background in visual art.

The Memory Palace Art Party

February 23, 2024, 5 – 9pm
Sparrow Artspace (36 4 St. NE)
Free to attend

Drop in to Sparrow ArtSpace to see what Exposure Photo Festival artists-in-residence Stephanie Jager and Julya Hajnoczky have created during their residency.

In Frame

February 23, 2024, 6 – 10pm
BonnyBoom Arts Uncommon (3640 15A St. SE)
Free to watch

Don’t miss BonnyBoom’s first ever art show. Celebrating local artists is their privilege and they’re humbled to display their works in Calgary’s newest multi-disciplinary arts playground. Check out the works and meet the artists at this launch party!

Genevieve Phillips hosts Saturday Jazz Jam

February 24, 2024, 3 – 6pm
Kawa Espresso Bar (1333 8 St. SW)
Free to attend

JazzYYC presents Genevieve Phillips (vocals) hosting the weekly Jazz Jam. Open to all ages and levels of experience, be sure to head over and join them for a fun afternoon! Drums provided.

A Life Romanticized — Opening Reception

February 24, 2024, 6 – 9pm
2024 34 Ave. SW
Free to attend

A solo exhibition by Mae Logullo, A Life Romanticized, is a series of paintings that embraces an intentional way of living . The series consists of floral oil paintings that create visual reminders of the links between experiencing beauty and a life well lived.

Exposure Photography Festival

Until February 25, 2024
Various venues
Free to attend

Exposure 2024 shares a wide range of narratives, subjects and explorations of the photographic medium. Check out an exciting and diverse group of solo exhibitions and curatorial themes that audiences can engage with!

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