I agree that if I am suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, difficulty breathing, sore throat, nasal congestion on the date of my scheduled visit that I will not enter the Esplanade.
While in the facility, I agree to adhere to physical distancing measures in place. If I do not cooperate, I understand I may be asked to leave.
Gallery Admission is Pay What You Will (PWYW), where you decide the fee you pay. We encourage visitors to enjoy the galleries first and make a payment upon departure. Payment option include contactless card payment or cash deposited into a sealed box after the visit
Please observe the following:
- A current health acknowledgement is required at admission booking
- Admission is Pay What You Will (you decide)
- Sanitize your hand at the stations provided
- Practice social distancing guidelines of 2 meters apart
- Follow directional signage
- If you feel unwell [fever, cough, sneeze, aches etc), visit us when you have completely recovered
Precautions we have taken:
As per AHS Guidelines
- Increased cleaning frequency
- Removed any touch point exhibitions
- Visitor capacity limited to AHS Guidelines
- Two family washrooms available for public use
- Access to upper floors & elevators are restricted
Jeff Goring | Thinking of Others
This fall the Esplanade presents Thinking of Others, a solo exhibition of large-scale graffiti paintings by Medicine Hat–based artist Jeff Goring, aka Sonz1. These sixteen-foot graffiti works are based on kindness and were inspired by Biblical quotes such as “Love your neighbour as yourself” and “Do not look to your own interests but to the interests of others.” The result of the artist’s prolific twenty-year street-art career, they speak to the evolution of the street-art genre—graffiti has extended beyond the forbidden walls of alleyways and immersed itself within the contemporary art world.
The conceptual foundations of these works are a direct reflection of Sonz1 himself: kind, happy, positive and creative. He intends for the works, which were created during the current pandemic, to remind us to treat others as we would like to be treated. He explains, “We are living in such a crazy time, and people can be a big help if they would just take a minute to think of others.”
Zachari Logan | Outgrowth
This fall the Esplanade presents Outgrowth, a solo exhibition by internationally renowned Regina-based artist Zachari Logan.
These exquisitely rendered pastel drawings and ceramic sculptures metaphorically communicate perceptions of memory, mortality, the body and queer identity. The use of flora in Logan’s work is layered with symbolic intent and challenges gender norms and expectations. Through his use of flora, Logan conveys concepts rooted in humanity’s connectedness to land, visually articulating how we are an extension of it.
Artists have employed flora imagery and symbolism for centuries. Botanical imagery bloomed in the fifteenth century as artists became interested in depicting objects from the natural world. Beyond their decorative purpose, plants and flowers visually communicated symbolic meaning. Logan pushes this symbolism further in the drawing Bruising; precisely drawn flora varieties cascade down a soft blue background, simultaneously expressing both the strength and fragility of the body and the brevity of life.
A Brewing Question
Western Canada has pondered the question of what we drink, how much and where, since the creation of the North West Mounted Police in 1873. Many enjoy a pint from our local breweries today. Experience a story that began with the Saskatchewan Brewery in 1884, a journey with as many twists and turns as the river for which it was named.
The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918
The influenza or Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 was one of the deadliest in history infecting up to 500 million people worldwide and killing an estimated 20 million to 50 million people including 50,000 Canadians. The first instance of Spanish flu in Medicine Hat was reported on October 17, 1918. A total of 286 cases was reported by the end of October. While the 1918 epidemic did have an impact on the citizens of Medicine Hat, it was not as severe as might have been expected. Find similarities and differences between what happened then and what is happening now with COVID by learning about the 1918 Spanish Flu, an exhibit in the Esplanade Main Lobby.
I See You: Sawubona
I See You: Sawubona is a storytelling exhibit featuring 8 Albertans with lived experiences of discrimination. Sawubona is a Zulu greeting that means “we see you”. It’s an invitation to participate in each other’s lives through the use of videos, stories, life size photos, and quotes and recognizing the beauty and worth that all people bring to our community