A foundation for art in Calgary that raises the bar

Esker Foundation Gallery

Identifying Calgary was short on creative capital and recognizing that waiting for City funding would take longer than they were willing to wait, the Hills took Calgary’s art culture into their own hands and created the Esker Foundation.

The art gallery’s design was inspired by the esker; a winding ridge formed by streams under or in glacial ice. The Hill’s imagined a space that would facilitate understanding of art just as an esker facilitates the transportation of water. When you walk into the Esker Gallery the form of the facility is impressive. 800 linear feet of wall space span the gallery and related components to provide a space that educates and engages, inspires and impresses, and serves to impact people’s perceptions.


The space is really unique, making the gallery an instantly recognizable icon in the city

Marta Sensidoni Designer