Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) is a world-class exhibition space and flexible platform for critical enquiry and theoretical debate with a focus on visual culture. The gallery acts as an interface between ACAD (its activities, student population and faculty) and the broader community. IKG complements ACAD’s educational offer, while retaining its curatorial autonomy.

IKG is the longest-running international art program in Calgary, and a vital component of the city’s cultural ecology. IKG exhibitions and programmes contributes to promoting Calgary as a destination of choice for visitors (thus enhancing a mixed and diversified economy). As such, the Gallery is directly involved in place-making processes as part of the city’s overall cultural prosperity. IKG has the following objectives:

  • To provide a context for the artistic research and theoretical debates in campus.
  • To open up a dialogue with and engage the wider community.
  • To inspire and motivate its audiences.
  • To be inclusive, representative and interdisciplinary in its programmes, and fully accessible by its audiences.
  • To centre its overarching activity solely on excellence, relevance and innovation.


Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD)

Founded in 1926, ACAD has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. With an annual grant of just over $12 million, an annual budget of $20.6 million and employing over 200 staff, ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines.

This year marks a major milestone for ACAD. In addition to offering credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College celebrates the first Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media graduates, making it the only college in the Province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs.


Artists participating in the #ideasforwall exhibition at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (July 14–September 16, 2017)

Felipe Arturo, Kutluğ Ataman, Monica Bonvicini, Tania Bruguera, Luis Camnitzer, Mark Clintberg, Dora García, Shilpa Gupta, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Runo Lagomarsino, Opavivará!, Lucy and Jorge Orta, Elena Mazzi, Adrian Paci, Raqs Media Collective, Nedko Solakov, Richard Wilson, Carla Zaccagnini, Kemang Wa Lehulere.

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset and entitled a good neighbour, contributes to the exhibition with the international billboard project realized through collaborations with multiple cultural institutions worldwide displaying a curated selection of photographs by Lukas Wassmann. The project is collaboration between curators Elmgreen & Dragset, graphic designer Rupert Smyth, and artist Lukas Wassmann, questioning the ways in which neighbourhoods have changed all around the world. The Illingworth Kerr Gallery is proud to partner with the Istanbul Biennial for this campaign that will be on view across Calgary between mid-August and the end of September 2017.

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