Special Events: A Sneak Peak

by Marina Bryan, Marketing Assistant


Photo Credit: The Works Instagram @theworksfest, Roving Reception at City Hall 2014

I like to think of the special events at The Works as the bonus feature. In a recent conversation in the office, we discussed how this festival is pulled together mostly in just a couple of months, and when the festival finally comes to life it deserves a celebration. Of course, we want to share our excitement and celebrate with everyone who comes to the festival!

A lot of this excitement comes from our ability to finally show off the art that we have come to know so well, and The Works gives a unique opportunity to connect with art, artists, and our local community. The art and exhibits are free to explore on your own, but beyond that The Works offers a chance to try something new, start a discussion, and expand your perspective.

My job is to know everything that is going on and share it with the world so that everyone gets the best experience possible. With that in mind, here is a preview of what not to miss this year:


Exploring the exhibits and art is an inspiring experience, and for me, sparks ideas that I want to form into my own pieces. Even if you have no idea how to do that, workshops throughout the 13 days may help.

Every day from 11 to 2, fibre artists will give demonstrations on knitting, photorealistic cross stitching, felting, and more. Graffiti is Dialogue is another daily event that lets you participate in the creation of a graffiti wall as well as learning more about graffiti techniques and culture from an artist on site.

SNAP (The Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers) will be conducting hands on demos and workshops on screen-printing where you will be able to take home your own work.

Walk with The Works:

You can always take your guide and map and go on your own artistic adventure downtown, but for more information and insight, our enthusiastic volunteer tour guides lead tours every day at 2, 4, and 6 pm. Custom tours can also be booked for any groups that would like a private and personalized tour.

124th Street Gallery Walk:

The 124th Street Gallery Walk steps outside of the festival venues to showcase some of Edmonton’s best galleries. This coincides with The 124th Street Grand Market, so it makes for a great summer evening plan.

Roving Reception:

A special guided tour starts off with refreshments and discussion at The Winspear, then continues on to City Hall for an artist talk with the curator from That’s Not What I See:Narrating Identities. The reception then goes back through Churchill Square, finishing off with a drink in the patio.

These are just a sample of the many opportunities make connections with art and Edmonton’s artistic community, and redefine art for yourself! The full list and calendar of activities can be found in the guide or at http://www.theworks.ab.ca/special-events/

Marina Bryan is a student at the University of Alberta. She is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Commerce in the Cooperative Education program and is working towards combining her creative passions with a major in Marketing and a minor in Art and Design.  

As an artist she has experimented with painting, printmaking, and silversmithing. Her work often focuses on how the emotions of abandonment and loneliness are associated with objects that have been lost or left behind.

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