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 principle 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 email@example.com 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.
Visual + Digital Arts residency programs focus on professional and artistic development, research, and creative production in digital and visual arts. Our programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, video, and digital media, as well as supporting curatorial and critical studies. Residencies are for professional artists, curators, and arts researchers with an exhibition/publication record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
Visual + Digital Arts offers Practicum Programs in visual arts studio, curatorial practice, arts administration and research, and gallery installation. These programs are intense experiential learning opportunities that marry practical training in the arts with hands-on, real world experiences through assisting staff in the delivery of Visual + Digital Arts and Walter Phillips Gallery programs.
Practicum programs are ideal for recent graduates (undergraduate or graduate) wishing to gain professional experience within an institutional context. Decision-making and problem-solving skills, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills are valuable components of the program. In addition, participants have one day each week that is dedicated to their personal artistic research activities. These programs require a full-time one year commitment and independent thinking.
The Banff International Curatorial Institute (BICI) encompasses a range of public activities including symposia, think-tanks, exhibitions, and publications. BICI also provides research based programs in the form of residencies and workshops, and practicum opportunities. BICI’s programs and activities serve the communities of curators, artists, researchers, writers, critics, philosophers, and other cultural producers at various stages of their careers. These programs offer ongoing professional development and complement degree granting curatorial programs by providing a venue to meet, explore, and continue research.
BICI is dedicated to advancing curatorial practice with an emphasis on contemporary art and culture. BICI is coordinated by Walter Phillips Gallery, Visual + Digital Arts.
Wednesday - Sunday 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Located at Banff Centre in Banff National Park, Alberta. Ground floor of Glyde Hall and is wheelchair accessible. The gallery is closed for public holidays.
For questions about the Walter Phillips Gallery, please contact:
Walter Phillips Gallery
The Banff Centre 107 Tunnel Mtn Dr
T1L 1H5 Canada
Image credit: Young Joon Kwak, Brown Rainbow Eclipse Explosion, 2017. Cast aluminum, welded aluminum rods, resin, glass mirror tiles, epoxy putty, acrylic paint, motor, steel chain and hardware, custom LED light, shadow. 31 x 31 x 31 inches. Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth & Council.