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
Guided Gallery Tours
Pre-registration required | Pay What You Will
MON & WED - 1PM & 3 PM | THU 3 & 4 PM
These brief guided gallery tours (approx. 20 minutes long) are led by our knowledgeable docents. Flexible and informative, they offer a great introduction to our current art and heritage exhibitions. Discover the inspiration behind the artworks and exhibits, learn little known facts and get the inside curatorial scoop. Then self-explore with your new found knowledge and uncover the meaning and stories for yourself. Our docents will be nearby to help answer your arising questions.
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.
Topping It Off
Hats keep us warm, help us stay cool, and protect us. They keep the sun out of our eyes. Hats express our sense of style, and they help show who we are and what we do.
In this city named Medicine Hat, the Esplanade has over two hundred hats in its artefact collection. These range from a 19th century Siksika headdress up to a Maverick’s baseball cap. Plain or ornate, practical or not—every hat has a job to do. Explore the history and traditions of hats in Topping it Off.
Dauntless | The Lost Town
Located just a few kilometers south of Medicine Hat, stands what is left of the Canada Cement Company town, Dauntless. In its heyday, beginning in 1912, Dauntless had its own school, post office, railway station, spur line, and a factory that was supposed to employ over 500 people. But just as quickly as it began, Dauntless collapsed under the weight of its own progress, and today, all that remains of the town is a large abandoned cement factory. What happened to Dauntless?
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.