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2010 – 2016 Alberta art economic data

Explore the economics of Alberta art

On February 27, 2018, Statistics Canada released Culture Satellite Account (CSA) updated economic data for the Canadian arts, culture and sport sectors from 2010 – 2016.

Like most industries across Alberta, the culture and sport sectors saw a slight decrease in total GDP in 2015 and 2016. However, over the long term, both sectors continue to show growth.

From 2010 to 2016, Alberta’s culture GDP increased overall by 15 per cent, for a total of $5.3 billion in 2016:

  • of the culture GDP, the largest growth was observed for live performance (44 per cent growth)

Additionally, Alberta’s culture sector provided a total of 57,816 jobs in 2016.

Learn more on the AFA website.

Edmonton: Deadline March 29th at 4pm for the Foote Prize


Visit for further information. Deadline for submissions THURSDAY March 29th, 2018.

The Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize was established with the generous support of the Eldon + Anne Foote Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation and in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council and Visual Arts Alberta Association. This Visual Arts Prize celebrates the brilliance of Visual Artists in Edmonton.

This prize is open to Edmonton area artists nominated by an individual, a gallery, art group or art organization also located in the Edmonton area (defined as the City of Edmonton and its four surrounding counties). Entries may be in any visual arts media and must have been shown in a greater Edmonton area gallery space during 2017 (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017). Submissions will be judged by an independent jury selected by Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC. Deadline for submissions is 4pm on THURSDAY March 29th, 2018. A shortlist will be announced on or before Friday, May 25, 2018. The prize winner will be announced at a short ceremony on June 21, 2018.

The 2018 Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize Application Form can be downloaded here.


Edmonton: 10 year Arts and Culture Plan

10-year Arts and Heritage Plan

Shape the future of arts and heritage in Edmonton

The Edmonton Arts Council, on behalf of the City of Edmonton, is preparing Edmonton’s next comprehensive 10-year Arts and Heritage Plan. This new plan will leverage the work of the Art of Living, and will guide and strengthen the City’s planning, investment, and ongoing development of the arts and heritage sectors.

Share your memories and vision for the future of the arts and heritage by placing a lobstick on our YEGCultureMap indicating key landmarks within Edmonton that represent meaningful arts and heritage moments.

For an in-depth discussion, join us at a facilitated engagement session:

  • Theatre/Performing Arts | Monday, March 12, 2018 from 11 am – 1 pm at CKUA Performance Space
  • Ward 8 Public | Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6 pm – 8 pm at ATB Financial Arts Barns
  • Ward 6 Public | Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6 pm – 8pm at Manning Hall, Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Festivals | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 11am – 1 pm at CKUA Performance Space
  • Music | Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6 pm – 8 pm at CKUA Performance Space
  • Public Art | Friday, March 16, 2018 from 11 am – 1 pm at Art Gallery of Alberta Theatre Lobby
  • Heritage | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 3 pm – 5 pm at the Prince of Wales Armouries
  • Performing Arts April 3, 2018 from 11 am – 1 pm – Citadel, Myer Horowitz Theatre
  • Dance | April 7, 2018 from 11 am – 1 pm – Timms Centre, Lobby
  • Visual Arts | April 9, 2018 from 11 am – 1pm – Allard Hall, MacEwan University

 Click here to learn more…

Lloydminister: Art Without Borders Fine Arts call

Call for Artists for the Arts Without Borders Fine Art shows

This festival is in Lloydminster AB/SK

Anyone from anywhere can enter. Without borders.
Show runs from June 4-23 and is hung in the Lloydminster Science & Cultural Centre
The entry Deadline is April 30th, 2018.
For information or application form, please email Cindy Keighinger at

Background on the Arts Festival:  We held the first show in 2007 after winning the chance to host the Alberta Lt. Gov. Gen. Arts Award. We had to put on an arts event while the awards are in town.  We decided to hold an all arts festival and it went over so well we have been having one every year since. We get jurors that have Canadian and international recognition.  This years jurors are Debra Usher who is one of the editors and owners of “Arabella Canadian Arts and Architecture magazine” And Terry Isaac noted nature artist from BC. Who has shown around the world and won many awards.

Edmonton: Accounting for Artists Professional Development session

#Yegfilm Presents: Accounting for Artists
Saturday, March 24, 2:30 PM
Ortona Armoury, Exhibition Suite (2nd floor)
Light refreshments provided
Registration fee: $40 per person

About to submit your income tax return? Don’t forget about all your income and expenses on your arts projects! #Yegfilm hosts Accounting for Artists, a three-hour workshop led by accountant Janet Hamley, CPA/CMA, Producer and Head of Finance from Prairie Dog Film & Television, that’s essential for anyone who earns income or has expenses from their art projects. Hamley will cover subjects such as basic bookkeeping, maintaining records, GST & income tax filing, and project accounting for individual artists.

This workshop includes extensive time for questions and answers, and will be especially useful for artists working on a project-by-project basis, but applicable to accountancy for all practitioners paid as self-employed proprietors. This workshop does not cover accounting for incorporated businesses, but related questions are welcome.

If interested, please register here:

Information about the presenter: Janet Hamley:
Janet Hamley is a Producer and Head of Finance at Prairie Dog Film + Television. She is involved in the producing and development stages of future projects. Janet also oversees all aspects of accounting and Business Affairs; including financing, budgeting, cost reporting, cashflow as well as overall corporate operations.
Janet is educated as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountant and Applied Business Administration from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. She has over 17 years of experience as an Accountant, with 11 years focused on the Film + Television Industry. Her experience has led her to work on a dramatic television series, a movie of the week, short films, documentaries, docu-series, lifestyle TV series, promotional videos, web/television commercials, public service announcements and corporate event videos. These projects have aired on NETFLIX, CBC, Rogers, ABC, CTV, APTN, BRAVO, CMT Live, Discovery Channel, ESPN, The Food Network, Muchmusic, and OMNI.
Hamley also volunteers her time on the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) Board, Chairing AMPIA’s Finance & Fundraising Committee and Treasurer on the Board of Women in Film & Television, Alberta.

Calgary: Your Brain on Art (call for submissions for fundraiser and exhibition)

YOUR BRAIN ON ART – Call for Submissions or New Work

The Branch Out Neurological Foundation is currently doing a call out to Artists who would be paired with Neuroscience Projects to create a new work inspired by brain research or donate and existing piece that is a great match. The piece would have National exposure on an on-line bidding site, would be in a week long gallery showing at cSPACE and then be auctioned off as a part of two evening fundraising event.

Please see if the call out is for you

Here’s a little bit about Branch Out and the fundraiser.

1 in 3 …is the number of Canadians is directly impacted by a neurological disorder. This means that you probably work with or know someone in your family who is impacted. With over 600 different types of brain abnormalities, including MS, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Depression, Concussion, etc. there is both a desire and need for alternative and non-pharmaceutical treatments.

Your Brain on Art Fundraiser

We fund research to find innovative and alternative solutions to keep brains at their best. Brain research gets a little“science-y”. We decided to flip it on its head and turn to art to help explain it. The “Your Brain on Art” Fundraiser explores the connections between art, technology, and neuroscience. Hosted in the character-filled cSPACE, this fundraiser brings together creative minds for an evening of cocktails, delicious food, theatre, art show, and auction. The evening is capped off by renowned and local playwright, Eugene Stickland, who has created a play inspired by our research. With two evening performances, attendees have the opportunity to enjoy art, see the research in action and meet some of Branch Out’s neuroscientists.


LONG LIST for the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize

May 03rd, 2017. In alphabetical order, the LONG LIST for the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize are:
Paul Bernhardt (nominated by Brenda Barry Byrne, Strathcona Art Gallery@501)
Sean Caulfield  (nominated by DC3 Art Projects + the Art Gallery of Alberta)
Clay Ellis (nominated by Peter and Camille Robertson, Peter Robertson Gallery)
Brad Necyk (nominated by Emily Baker and Jenny Willson-McGrath , Art Gallery of St. Albert)
Jill Stanton (nominated by Angel Karosi , Harcourt House Artist Run Centre)

Paul Bernhardt

Read more about the Paul Bernhardt’s nominated piece here
Read about who Paul Bernhardt is here

Sean Caulfield

Read more about Sean Caulfield’s nominated piece here and here
ead about who Sean Caulfield is here

Clay Ellis

Read more about the Clay Ellis nominated piece here
Read more about who Clay Ellis is here

Brad Necyk

Read more about Brad Necyk’s nominated piece here
Read more about who Brad Necyk is here

Jill Stanton

Read more about Jill Stanton’s nominated piece here
Read more about who Jill Stanton is here

The SHORT LIST of three artists will be announced on or just before May 27th, 2017. There will be a ceremony to announce the winner of the 6th annual Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize at 7:15pm on THURSDAY June 22nd at Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC Project Space (10215 112 Street, 3rd floor, Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7).

The Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize was established with the generous support of the Eldon + Anne Foote Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation and in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council and Visual Arts Alberta Association. This Visual Arts Prize celebrates the brilliance of Visual Artists in Edmonton.

Alberta Spirit at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery, Edmonton

Alberta Spirit at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery (3rd floor, 10215 112 Street, Edmonton)  from October 1st, 2015 – November 28th, 2015. Reception: Thursday October 1st, 2015 between 7pm and 9:30pm. (Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday noon – 4pm, closed October 10th and November 11th).Alberta Spirit poster v1