Latitude 53 creates sites for the intersection of contemporary art and ideas in Alberta.
Latitude 53 is Alberta’s leading contemporary art centre that:
Animates and promotes thought provoking local, national, and international visual art
Stimulates artistic research and education, audience engagement, and experimental art practices
Provides a supportive environment for artists taking risks
Founded in 1973 by a collective of Edmonton artists, Latitude 53 is one of Canada’s oldest artist-run centres dedicated to providing a non-coercive environment to assure the freedom of the artist, and give the public access to new art forms. Latitude 53 supports the research and development of new artistic practices and concepts, and encourages experimentation by artists through diverse programming.
Latitude 53 became a registered society and achieved charitable status in 1978 and has been influential and supportive of the formation of other artistic groups, including SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists), CAR/FAC (Canadian Artists Representation/Federation des Artistes Canadienne) and Alberta Art Foundation (now part of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts).
Over the past 45 years Latitude 53 has presented significant exhibitions by notable Canadian artists in the formative stages of their careers, including Lyndal Osborne (1974), Rita McKeough (1980), Janet Cardiff (1989), George Bures Miller (1989), Micah Lexier (1989), Diana Thorneycroft (1991), Kent Monkman (1994), Luis Jacob (2002), Jon Sasaki (2009), Brenda Draney (2010) and Jason de Haan (2011).
Today, Latitude 53 is one of the largest and oldest centres in the Canadian Prairies. It is one of only four public galleries, and the largest of three artist-run centres in Edmonton. It serves as the major centre for contemporary art in Northern Alberta. Latitude 53 occupies a barrier free 5,500 sq ft building in downtown Edmonton with over 2,600 sq ft of dedicated exhibition space, divided into three physically distinct galleries.
In accordance with the Strategic Plan adopted in 2013 and the Programming Vision developed in 2016, Latitude 53 will continue to meet the dynamic needs of artists, members, and supporters. To this end, Latitude 53 will continue empowering contemporary artists, fostering engagement, and enhancing capacity.
Latitude 53 Society of Artists acknowledges Treaty 6 territory; the ancestral and traditional territory of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, as well as the Métis. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. Our recognition of this land is an act of reconciliation and an expression of our gratitude for those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.
Latitude 53 Society of Artists is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within our own organization and strives to provide and maintain a fair and equitable environment for all by valuing and respecting individual differences for our enrichment and that of the community we serve.
Latitude 53’s gallery spaces and washroom are barrier free and the washrooms are non-gendered.