Walter Phillips Gallery

Visits to Walter Phillips Gallery are temporarily unavailable

We have been monitoring the sharp increases in COVID-19 cases in Banff and the evolving recommendations by Alberta Health Services. The town of Banff has been elevated to “Enhanced Status” as the number of confirmed cases increase.

Banff Centre will continue to do the right thing by limiting activity that might increase the spread of COVID-19 among our staff and community. To that end, we have decided to temporarily pause visitation to the Walter Phillips Gallery.

We will welcome visitors back to campus when we feel we can safely arrange it.

Thank you for your continued support in these efforts. We will continue to get through this together, making good choices for the health of our community.

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About Walter Phillips Gallery

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 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. 


Practicum Programs

Walter Phillips Gallery offers a number of practicum programs designed as hands-on learning opportunities for participants to gain practical experience in the day-to-day operations of a gallery. Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at formal and informal lectures and discussion groups. These programs are typically one year in length and are intended for recent graduates and emerging arts professionals, with an annual application deadline.

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.

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 1,800 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 if you have any questions about the Permanent Collection.

About Us

Walter Phillips Gallery 

Public Viewing Hours:

Visitation is temporarily paused 

For questions about the Walter Phillips Gallery, please contact:



Walter Phillips Gallery 
The Banff Centre 
107 Tunnel Mtn Dr
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada

Image credit: Installation view: Rita McKeough, darkness is as deep as the darkness is (2020), courtesy the artist. Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Photo by: Donald Lee.