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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.

Sidney Kelsie: Right in Your Own Backyard

Audio Documentary

When Sidney Kelsie (1928—2000) retired from working as a house painter in 1979, this Edmontonian became an artist. He began to cut out decorative shapes in plywood, paint them with house paint and place them on his house, fence and in his yard. Soon Kelsie’s decorated home near Commonwealth Stadium became a local landmark that attracted many with its dizzying display of visual delight. Kelsie’s subject matter ranged from vibrantly coloured figures and common animals you would see in and around Edmonton, to aliens and mythical creatures, to completely abstract patterns in pastel colours. Drawn largely from local collections, this exhibition celebrates the joyful and wondrous work of a local folk art icon.

Sidney Kelsie is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, and curated by Lindsey Sharman and Danielle Siemens.

You can listen to an audio documentary of the exhibition as part of the AGA Listening Lab, a space to share knowledge, celebrate art and artists and connect with our communities.

The AGA’s Listening Lab presents: Sidney Kelsie

Where does creativity come from? Why are we compelled to create?

Reflect on these questions and more in our current exhibition Sidney Kelsie: Art in Your Own Backyard. Listen to our audio documentary highlighting the life and times of local legend Sidney Kelsie and be inspired to get creative! This documentary explores who the artist was, what his art meant to the Edmonton community, and how his legacy lives on. Hear from the AGA’s curators, Sidney Kelsie’s daughter, and some of the artists’ earliest supporters, including a gallery owner, a journalist, and an art critic.

A special thank you to Danielle Siemens, Lindsey Sharman, Debbie Kelsie, Wayne Mackenzie, David Staples and Nancy Tousley for contributing their stories and voices to this project.

Location
First floor (1-A)

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.422.6223
info@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.