We are happy to assist you with the preparations of your group’s visit to our current and upcoming exhibitions and invite you to explore them through a self-guided tour. Self-guided tours & activities are available during our regular opening hours. Visiting the exhibitions with your group is free. However, we ask you to get in touch with staff 2 weeks prior to coming with your group.
Please view our Facilitator’s Letter and Guide below for our latest exhibit, the Automatiste Revolution.
We are taking tour bookings and bookings for staff facilitated tours and programs again in May 2013.
To reserve a self-directed tour or program, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (780) 357-7481 and provide us with the following information:
Thank you for your interest in visiting the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie with your group. We are pleased to host The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941 – 1960 at your Art Gallery of Grande Prairie until May 12, 2013.
Visiting the Art Gallery during the Automatiste exhibition presents a truly unique opportunity for your group. The Automatistes were the first artists to bring modernist painting to Canada and the first Canadian artists to embrace avant-garde gestural abstraction. The exhibit includes 60 works of art, as well as photographs, books, and other ephemera documenting the history of the Automatiste, Canada’s first avant-garde art movement.
The Facilitator’s Guide prepares you for your visit to the Gallery. The 12-page guide contextualizes The Automatiste Revolution and includes clean and easy-to-facilitate interactive activities for all ages for you to choose from. You can share them all with your group members or just pick a few of them depending on the length of time available and the age of your group members.
The Automatiste cart is only for use inside the Gallery spaces. The interactive activities are all stored and easily accessible in the Automatiste cart, which will be immediately available to you as you come into the Gallery for your visit. Please also view the map. It indicates our suggested route through the exhibition.
Depending on the age of your group members, we recommend watching Artist in Montreal, a 1954 film by the National Film Board of Canada before your visit. It is 30 minutes long and features interviews with several of the Automatiste artists in their studios and in a crowded café.
If you don’t have a chance to watch the video at your facility, we suggest for you to plan an extra 30 minutes for your visit so you can watch it at the Gallery. In this case, please indicate that you would like to watch the video with your group when you are booking your self-guided tour.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and your group to explore The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941 – 1960. We hope your art experience of this historically significant exhibition in the Gallery’s newly restored building will be an enjoyable one. All feedback in regards to the Facilitator’s Guide and interactive activities is welcomed and appreciated.
Learning and Community Engagement Facilitator
Your Automatiste cart includes:
1 container consisting of 1 red, 1 white and 1 black canvas
These canvases are available to be used for the wool painting activity (page 7), for the construction paper collage activity (page 8) and/or for the found poems activity (page 11.)
1 container consisting of 22 cardboard yarn holders for your wool paintings
1 container consisting of textured sharp-edged black collage shapes for your construction paper collage activity (page 8.)
1 container consisting of red sharp-edged collage shapes for your construction paper collage activity (page 8.)
1 container consisting of coloured torn-edged collage shapes for your construction paper collage activity (page 8.)
2 containers consisting of 36 word cards each for your found poems activity