Leighton Art Foundation
Site 31 Box 9 R R 8, Calgary, AB
A long-time member of the Alberta arts community, the Leighton Centre is committed to showcasing the best art in the province and preparing future artists for their calling.
|Getting There |||Drive south on Macleod Trail or Deerfoot Trail to Highway #22x (Marquis of Lorne Trail). Turn west on Highway 22X to 96th Street (south). Watch for Leighton Art Centre signage. Continue 4.7 km to four-way stop. Turn west on 226th Avenue and follow for 1.6 km. Turn south on 112th Street and continue for 4 kms, and then turn west onto 266 Avenue at the bottom of the hill. Follow for 4.5 km to the "T section" at our Red School House (Leighton Education Studios). The Leighton Art Centre, Gallery and Museum entrance is located 100 yards to the left of the studios|
|Tue - Sat : 10AM - 4PM|
Profile Last Updated: December 20, 2008
The always-spectacular Alberta scenery is brought to life at this art centre. After first opening their doors in 1974, the Leighton Art Centre has since amassed one of the area’s most respected galleries. The curators have maintained a focus on Alberta artists and their works, however, from time to time they will introduce pieces from other Canadian artists. The gallery hosts several exhibits throughout the year, showcasing both established and emerging artists. As well as the gallery, the Leighton Museum is comprised of the 1950s home of founders and famous artists A.C. and Barbara Leighton, and tells the story of this family and their artistic accomplishments. There is no charge for admission, but donations are welcome.
Nurturing the Artist in You
If your children have shown an interest in arts, or you would like to attempt to pique their curiosity, the Leighton Art Centre has a number of options. The school program here offers a year-round Art and Nature program that hosts up to 12,000 school aged visitors and is designed to add to legislated art, science and social studies programs. The Children’s Workshop runs on select Saturdays throughout the year, and is a creative class where you and your child will both learn the basics of sketching. There are also summer camps available that teach children to use artistic mediums such as paint, Pâpier Maché, tie dye, and more, while incorporating nature hikes and group activities into the occasion. Programs and workshops are also available for talented adults who would like to nurture their passions and learn more about the art world as well.
Admission: Admission is free, however donations are gratefully accepted.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Those with mobility issues should call ahead