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A Gallery Reborn

A Gallery is usually meant to showcase artwork within its walls, but in the case of The Art Gallery of St. Albert, the building itself is a showcase that incorporates public art in an innovative and functional way.

In collaboration with the St. Albert Arts & Heritage Foundation and the City of St. Albert, the Art Gallery of St. Albert is nearing the completion of a renovation that is transforming the space into a spectacular facility. The renovation involves four key aspects:

  • creating a barrier-free building that reflects a commitment to inclusion and accessibility;
  • adding a community space in a way that preserves the character-defining aspects of an important heritage building;
  • improving energy efficiency through repairs to the roof, upgrades to the installation and a new HVAC system; and
  • incorporating public art into the building itself by blending the elements of safety, beauty, form and function to create a piece that reflects illumination in every respect.

The City of St. Albert invited former resident Dylan Toymaker, a light design and installation Artist, to be an integral part of the architectural, engineering and design team for the project. Together, the team designed a ramp that incorporates a stunning public art piece called Bird has the Ways. Notwithstanding Cultural Services’ earlier consultation on outfall project designs with artist Darrell Colyer, this is the first time in the Public Art Program’s history that the City has integrated an artist into a building project team.

The community has the opportunity to attend the Gallery reopening on February 9 and be among the first to see the newly renovated interior. After the opening ceremony, the Gallery will be hosting its first exhibit of the year, which is focused on the region’s commitment to Indigenous reconciliation.

To RSVP for the event, please visit

For more information on the Gallery, please visit

Last edited: January 28, 2019

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