Walter Phillips Gallery is exclusively committed to the production, presentation, collection and analysis of contemporary art and curatorial practice. For contemporary artists, particularly those engaged in alternative forms of practice, Walter Phillips Gallery remains an essential and principal site where art is presented to an audience for critical reception. In an effort to ensure a broad and balanced representation of the different areas of research at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Gallery displays and collects: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photography, and new media-based works.
Esteemed Visual Arts Faculty and Walter Phillips Gallery Artists include: H.G. Glyde, Walter Phillips, A.Y Jackson, Takao Tanabe, Janet Cardiff, Rebecca Belmore, Ken Lum, Brian Jungen, Ragnar Kjartansson, Shary Boyle, Mike Nelson, Heather and Ivan Morison, Guy Maddin, Andrea Buttner, Neïl Beloufa, among others.
Established in 1976, Walter Phillips Gallery bears the name of a distinguished printmaker and painter who, from the 1930s to the 1950s, played a seminal role in the development of the visual arts program in the Banff School of Fine Arts. It quickly evolved into a small but dynamic gallery and became known for a contemporary art program that championed curatorial innovation with a commitment to emerging forms of art including video and performance. See our past exhibitions here.
Walter Phillips Gallery is located at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff National Park, a one-and-a-half hour drive from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Centre overlooks the Banff town site from Tunnel Mountain Drive. The Gallery is located on the ground floor of Glyde Hall and is wheelchair accessible.
Group tours of the exhibitions and facilities can be arranged by calling us at 403.762.6281 or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
Walter Phillips Gallery gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canada Council for the Arts.
As Banff Centre rebuilds our programming and staffing across all departments, we are taking the opportunity to review and redesign the Practicum Program with the intention of rebuilding better. At this time, a restart date for the Practicum Program has yet to be determined.
Banff Centre remains dedicated to supporting emerging practitioners in the creative sector and we expect that this stream of programs will return as funding and capacity allow.
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Curatorial Research Practicum: designed for individuals to receive direct mentorship on research practices that support the presentation, production, and analysis of contemporary art. Participants will have access to the archives and collection of Walter Phillips Gallery to produce an exhibition and other public presentations of this material.
Preparatorial Practicum: intended to develop the participants' skills in preventative conservation, art handling, and installation techniques, as well as crate building, art packing, and framing of artwork. Participants will also assist in the storage and packing of artworks relating to the Walter Phillips Gallery exhibitions and permanent collection.
Established for the purposes of exhibition, education, preservation, and documentation, the Walter Phillips Gallery Permanent Collection is composed primarily of works by artists who have participated in the various programs and exhibitions at Banff Centre and thus also serves to document the history of the organization and its place in the development of visual culture.
Presently, the Permanent Collection contains more than 1,500 artworks that reflect the nature and development of artists who are making a significant contribution to contemporary visual art. Steered by an appointed Acquisition Committee, these holdings represent a broad range of art practices and includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photographs, video, and new media-based works.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about the Permanent Collection.
The Walter Phillips Gallery is currently closed as we install the next exhibition opening in March.
When exhibitions are open to the public, our hours are:
Wednesday through Friday | 12:30 - 5 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday | 12:30 - 5 P.M.
For questions on our current response to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Measures page.
For questions about the Walter Phillips Gallery, please contact:
Walter Phillips Gallery
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Banner Image Credit: August Klintberg, Meet me in the woods, 2010. Coated aluminum and reflective vinyl signs. Glyde Hall and the Ken Madsen path. Commissioned for the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. For additional information about the work please visit Walter Phillips Gallery.