The Works Art & Design Festival

june 22 - july 4 2017


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The 2017 Works Art & Design Festival will take place on Churchill Square and other venues across Edmonton. The theme of dialogue has been infused into exhibits, programs, events, and performances. 

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 at The Works 2017
The theme of dialogue 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 involved with The Works Art & Design Festival. 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
  • Metro News
  • Global TV
  • Pattison Outdoor Advertising
  • Arttec Advertising
  • Big Rock Breweries
  • The Matrix Hotel

The Works Art & Design Festival

For 13 days every summer, The Works unleashes art & design throughout one 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 and design!

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

- 41 exhibits at 20 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 move off Churchill Square to make room for LRT construction, and take place on the Legislature Grounds from June 21 to July 3, 2018.

The works Art & Design Festival 2016 Highlights