festival hq 2019

We are thrilled to announce that from February 5 - 28, 2019, the Exposure Festival HQ will be held in the historic Pioneer Building, located on Stephen Avenue in Calgary. Featuring 3 stories of gallery space, this building will host multiple exhibitions and several special events throughout the month. Scroll below to see the exhibitions and events taking place at the Festival HQ, and to learn more about the history of the Pioneer Building.

Gallery hours:
Tues - Sat: 10am - 6pm
Sun: 11am-4pm



 Photo Credit: Hayley Eyre

Photo Credit: Hayley Eyre

 Photo Credit: Bill Schwab

Photo Credit: Bill Schwab


Exposure supports emerging photographers! The selected photographs in this juried exhibition showcase a wide range of up and coming talent. Young or old, student or hobbyist, the 2019 Emerging Photographer Showcase provides opportunity for emerging talent from Alberta. This exhibition is printed and framed by the Emerging Photographers Showcase sponsor, Resolve Photo.

The 2019 Emerging Photographers Showcase was juried by Lindsey V. Sharman, curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
Artists include:


The 2019 Open Call group exhibition features a dynamic range of work by established international photographers. With photographers featured from Canada, China, Germany, Lithuania, United Kingdom and the United States, this exhibition is a diverse exploration of photography from across the world.

The 2019 Open Call was juried by Sarah Burtscher, Assistant Gallery Director at Stephen Bulger Gallery.
Artists include:

‘kin’, a solo show by elly heise

Elly Heise is the 2018 Winner of the Emerging Photographers Showcase, and will be featuring her series of new photographs in a solo exhibition titled ‘Kin’.
Artist statement:





flash forward incubator exhibition & auction

February 15, 16, & 17

In September 2018, Exposure partnered with the Magenta Foundation, a charitable arts-publishing house based in Toronto, to bring the Flash Forward Incubator program into three Albertan high schools. Throughout the semester, high school students participated in the program and developed their skills as photographers. The final images from each student will be displayed in an exhibition in the Festival HQ from February 15-17. All of the images in the exhibition will be part of a silent auction, with 100% of the proceeds being divided among the three schools and given directly to their photography programs.
Click here for more information on this program and the event.

artist talk by elly heise

February 17, 1pm

Join us at 1pm on February 17 for an artist talk by Elly Heise, the 2018 Winner of the Emerging Photographers Showcase. Elly will be talking about her inspirations and processes behind her solo show, ‘Kin’.

closing gala, presented by atb

February 23rd, 7-9pm

As the festival comes to an (almost) end, join us in celebrating the galleries, artists, organizations and community that comes together each year to create the Exposure Photography Festival. Presented by ATB, the Closing Gala is an opportunity to mingle with the photo community of Alberta. Special announcements from guest speakers will take place throughout, including announcing the 2019 Winner of the Emerging Photographers Showcase. Click here for more information on the Closing Gala and to RSVP.

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 Photo Credit: Elly Heise

Photo Credit: Elly Heise



 Photo Credit: LEFT: Picturesque Calgary, 1903, p. 127, RIGHT: Exposure Photography Festival, 2018

Photo Credit: LEFT: Picturesque Calgary, 1903, p. 127, RIGHT: Exposure Photography Festival, 2018


The Pioneer Meat Market Building, built in 1903, is located in downtown Calgary along the Stephen Avenue Mall, a National Historic District. The property was protected as a Municipal Historic Resource in 1999 and as a Provincial Historic Resource in 2001.
Originally, this building was known a the Calgary Cattle Company Building after the early firm of the same name. The Calgary Cattle Company was established in 1902 by some of Calgary’s most influential citizens, including rancher Charles Knight, Senator James Lougheed and future Prime Minister of Canada R.B. Bennett. In 1905, legendary Pat Burns acquired the Calgary Cattle Company, an from 1908 to 1920 Burns operated his well-known Pioneer Meat Market from the main floor of the building. The building would go on to house the Robinson and Co. Ltd dry goods store (1920-23); Alex Martin Sporting Goods Co. (1923-31); a series of gift shops before becoming a part of the neighbouring Silk-O-Lina clothing and fabric store (1967); and eventually becoming home to the Art Gallery of Calgary and, most recently, Contemporary Calgary.

The Exposure Photography Festival is thrilled to be the Pioneer Building’s newest temporary occupants in February 2019, and we thank the Pioneer Building and Block 63 for their support of the festival.

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