Published on December 7, 2021

EXPosure: A First-of-its-kind in Western Canada

Curious visitors from across the region are invited to experience EXPosure – an interactive family-friendly art installation that transforms light into a virtual paintbrush – outdoors from December 8 to 12 in the heart of downtown St. Albert.

For the first time in Western Canada, people of all ages and abilities will be able to generate a one-of-a-kind living projection of themselves onto one of three self-inflated spheres – ranging from a jaw-dropping eight to 15 feet in diameter – armed with nothing more than light from a smartphone or flashlight.

Children standing in front of light installation

“We try to include an interactive installation at the Children’s Festival every year as art in public spaces encourages more of the community to see and access it,” says Andrea Gammon, City of St. Albert Cultural Programming Manager and Festival Coordinator. "With the extension of 2021 Festival activities into the winter months, when darkness comes early, we were able to incorporate light as an exciting new element. EXPosure allows users to be creative with light and movement – much like writing on photos on your phone, but with light on a globe.”

Presented by Studio Wireframe, a public art agency located in Montréal, Québec, in collaboration with Lucion Media, EXPosure has previously toured in Québec, New Orleans, Washington, Texas, Israel and China.

Family standing in front of light installation

“We had been searching for programming throughout the year that would be adaptable to provincial public health measures,” says Andrea. “Thanks to the generosity of the Government of Canada and our collaboration with The Friends of the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival Society, we were ecstatic to be able to offer the community additional programming.”

An awe-inspiring theatrical-style experience that blends arts, technology and science, EXPosure is the final attraction in celebration of the International Children’s Festival of the Arts 40th anniversary year and, according to Gammon, a fitting festival finale.

“This installation embraces the best Festival values in terms of being original, innovative, accessible and affordable,” she adds.

While EXPosure is free, donations are encouraged. For more information, please visit:

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Last edited: January 24, 2022