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Visit the ever changing works at any of Downtown Calgary's many public and private galleries, or see more than 50 works of public art located in the downtown core.

Art and Galleries

See our art gallery directory, read about art events on our blog and see arts related events on our calendar

As you wander around the downtown area you will notice an abundance of public art on the street, in planters and, in the +15 walkway system. Calgarians have an affinity for the arts that is also evident in the number of galleries located downtown.

Public Art

Take a self-guided walking tour of the public art located downtown both on the street and in the +15 walkway system. This self-guided tour is an excursion into an eclectic mix of art pieces that will take you to various corners of the downtown core. Click here for the Downtown Art Guide. (note: this guide was produced in 2010 and several new public art works are missing from the tour/guide)

Art Galleries

Contemporary Calgary (www.ContemporaryCalgary.com) - Contemporary Calgary or C2 is the new collaboration between the galleries formerly known as the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). C (formerly the AGC) is located on Stephen Avenue at 117 8TH AVE SW.

The Glenbow Museum (www.glenbow.org) - The Glenbow has over 93,000 square feet of space and it's open to the public, which houses a museum, an extensive art collection, library, and archives. It has exhibition space in more than 20 galleries, showcasing a selection of the Glenbow's collection of over a million objects.

Private Galleries

John Fluevog Peanut Gallery (www.fluevog.com) - Located on the lower level of the John Fluevog shoe store on Stephen Avenue is The Peanut Gallery, a rotating gallery exhibition space available for shows by artists and foundations in the community. While generally used as a place for art, the gallery is open for various community uses so it's best to call the store to see if anything is happening (403-265-1970)

Stephen Lowe Art Gallery (www.stephenloweartgallery.ca) - Located in Bow Valley Square, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery features original fine art by over 70 distinguished Canadian artists. A wide range of mediums including paintings, glass, stone and ceramic sculpture, plus artist demonstrations and gallery services.

Gainsborough Galleries (www.gainsboroughgalleries.com) - Since 1923 Gainsborough Galleries has been a constant presence on the Calgary arts scene, and today Gainsborough represents many of the finest representational and impressionistic artists in Canada.

Wallace Galleries (www.wallacegalleries.com) - Wallace Galleries is one of Calgary's most dynamic art galleries and home to many outstanding contemporary Canadian artists. Established in 1986 and located in the downtown core, the gallery is a family-run business with the goal of making art a part of your life.

Diana Paul Gallery (www.dianapaul.com) - A collection of Canadian artists, just off Stephen Avenue.