About TREX NW
The Travelling Exhibitions (TREX) program brings engaging art exhibitions directly into communities across Alberta by partnering with local venues to host month-long exhibitions in their spaces, helping to share art experiences with communities of all sizes. We welcome Northwest Alberta venues of all kinds, including schools, libraries, theatres, archives, museums, galleries, community centres, health centres, visitor centres, and tourism centres to book month-long exhibitions for their community using the request form (visit our TREX booking page for more information).
Exhibition themes are varied to suit every audience, with historic and contemporary artwork in a wide range of mediums. Each exhibition comes with an educator’s guide that provides exhibition interpretation, curriculum connections, creative activities, and relevant historical information.
Exhibitions are designed for ease of handling and may be displayed in different ways depending on the type and amount of space available. The TREX program covers almost all fees for the exhibitions (including shipping and insurance). There is only a 75$ booking fee.
Featured image: Fantastic Worlds exhibition with students completing the interactive scavenger hunt. Artwork by K. Gwen Frank, Body and Soul, 1994, Etching, Aquatint on Paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has supported a provincial travelling exhibitions (TREX) program since 1981 to provide as many communities as possible across Alberta with the opportunity to see visual art exhibitions, and to share the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts with the public. A provincially run program, TREX programs highlight the work of Alberta-based artists, helping to promote and encourage artistic careers in the province. The TREX program is hosted by four different organizations across Alberta, who each manage the program for different regions:
- Northwest Alberta: The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie
- Northeast and North Central Alberta: The Art Gallery of Alberta
- Southwest Alberta: The Alberta Society of Artists
- Southeast Alberta: Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Book an Exhibition
Want to book an exhibition for your space or classroom? Explore the booking catalogue and pick out which exhibitions and dates suit your programming needs. You can then submit a booking request form (found below in Forms) by email or contact us to find out about available exhibitions.
New booking catalogues are sent out each year in May. The booking catalogue for 2023 – 2024 can be found below. Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis and we recommend that you submit your requests early.
TREX exhibition fees remain affordable at $75.00 for each loan period. The TREX Program pays all shipping and insurance costs.