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About TREX Southeast

Each year over 300,000 Albertan’s experience a Travelling Art exhibition, referred to as TREX. These professionally curated exhibitions travel all over the province to schools, libraries, health centres and small rural museums or galleries. The programs mandate is to provide every Albertan with the opportunity to enjoy visual art exhibitions in their community, supporting and promoting Alberta made art, with each exhibition travelling for 2.5 years.

Since 1981, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts has supported the Travelling Exhibition program, and has been organized by the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre (formally the Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery) for the past 20 years. The program is unique, the only one of its kind in western Canada, and runs 12 months of the year, with an average of 8 exhibitions travelling per month. This year 11 exhibitions are scheduled to tour 29 host venues, with a total of 70 exhibition presentations from as far south as Milk River to as far north as Stettler, and everywhere in-between.

Exhibitions are curated from a variety of sources, such as the 8000 piece permanent collection at the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, which showcases the creative talents of over 2000 Alberta artists.

The educational components of the program aim to help the viewer to engage with the artwork beyond the decorative. It provides educational support material with each exhibition through an interpretative catalogue and educators guide. It is filled with information about the history of the medium featured in the exhibition, lesson plans for visual art projects, and information about the featured artist.

TREX also offers Visiting Artist Programming to our venues, with our artist conducting hands on workshops.  When an exhibition is on display, we can plan for the featured artist(s) to travel to host venues. They create a hands-on project, based on the theme and medium of their exhibition and participants are able to create their very own piece. The workshops are fully funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. For more information about the visiting artist program or to find out how to host a workshop contact Xanthe Isbister at xanisb@medicinehat.ca or 403-502-8586.