Stride supports artistic pursuits that combine innovative creative expression with informed critical discourse and promotes recognition of emerging, mid-career and established artists by providing opportunities for community engagement with contemporary art practices.
The Stride Art Gallery Association was founded by artists Colleen O’Neill, Mary Scott and Don Corman in 1985. Incorporated as a non-profit society in 1986, the gallery’s original mandate promoted professional artists whose work was experimental in nature and whose practices were not readily recognized in commercial or public galleries. In 1990, Stride began programming the +15 Window Space in the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, and in 1997, Stride moved to a new location on MacLeod Trail, establishing the Project Room as an exhibition space primarily dedicated to time-based and installation-intensive exhibitions. Stride has a strong history of comprehensive publications built upon artist-driven and exhibition-focused content, including the introduction in 2010 of annual catalogues compiling documentation and critical writing from each programming year. Following the heavy impact of the 2013 Alberta flood, Stride relocated to a new dual-unit space in the Bell Block building.
Stride’s programming is implemented in four distinct spaces, allowing for exciting and diverse exhibition opportunities. Stride focuses on public engagement through off-site and non-traditional art presentations, and is a collaborator with many peer organizations, post-secondary institutions and festivals. Every exhibition is celebrated with a reception and many also feature an artist talk or workshop.
1006 MacLeod Trail Southeast
Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–5 pm
The gallery is typically closed between exhibitions. Closure notices can be found online.
No current calls. Contact gallery staff.
Gallery 1 – Main Space
Gallery 2 – Project Room
Offsite Space – EPCOR +15 Window
Please check the Centre's website for the most current information.