The Works Art & Design Festival

june 22 - july 4 2017


Previous FESTIVAL GUIDE 2016!

Planning has begun for the 2017 Works Art & Design Festival, which will take place on Churchill Square and other venues across the city. The call for proposals included exhibits, programs, events, and performances on the theme dialogue. 

Dialogue is essential to understanding. Not all dialogue is expressed in words. Interaction changes the course of a project, and often more questions remain than answers. Dialogue is about opening the evolution of an artwork to outside and potentially differing influences before the process is declared complete. 

What to Look For Next Summer
The 2017 theme embraces socially engaged practices, collaborative artworks, artworks involving research, works that include multiple voices or represent a conversation, as well as work that seeks to understand through genuine outreach. 

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for The Works Art & Design Festival 2016. The festival would not be possible without the support of the community and over 170 volunteers. A special thank you to the following funders and sponsors:

  • The Downtown Business Association
  • The City of Edmonton
  • Edmonton Arts Council
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Canadian Heritage Government of Canada
  • The Works Art Festival Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation
  • Edmonton Business Council for Visual Arts
  • RBC Emerging Artists Project
  • Metro News
  • Global TV
  • Pattison Outdoor Advertising
  • Arttec Advertising
  • Big Rock Breweries
  • The Matrix Hotel
  • Urban Scaffolding Ltd.

The Works Art & Design Festival

For 13 days every summer, The Works unleashes art & design throughout 1 square kilometer of Edmonton's downtown core . Completely free to the public, the Festival is an extravaganza of visual art, design and entertainment that attracts artists and patrons from around the globe. Greater than the sum of its many parts, The Works is a time and place for everyone to discover, discuss and develop an appreciation for art & design!

As North America's largest, free outdoor art & design festival, The Works has something for everyone!

- 55 exhibits at 29 venues throughout Edmonton's downtown and around the city

- live performances on The Works Street Stage from 12 - 9:30 every day

- over 200 special events including tours, receptions, and demonstrations

The 33rd edition of The Works Art & Design Festival will take place on Sir Winston Churchill Square
June 22 to July 4th, 2017.

The works Art & Design Festival 2016 Highlights