601 - 3rd Avenue South
T1J 0H4
Phone: 403 327 8770
Fax: 403 328 3913
Website: http://www.saag.ca/

Southern Alberta Art Gallery

The primary object of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association is to foster the work of contemporary artists who challenge the boundaries of their disciplines and to advance their work in a larger public realm. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association was formed in 1974. Its members lobbied the City of Lethbridge for the establishment of a gallery in the vacant Carnegie Library building, located in the heart of downtown Lethbridge in a park setting. Following the City's approval of the proposal, it provided generous renovation and operating grants for a gallery facility which would serve all of southern Alberta. The first exhibitions were opened in 1976.


Karen Tam Orientally Yours
April 28, 2007 to June 10, 2007

Previous Exhibitions

Colwyn Griffith Empire Projects
March 10, 2007 to April 29, 2007

Susan Bozic The Dating Portfolio
March 10, 2007 to April 20, 2007

Just My Imagination
January 20, 2007 to March 04, 2007

Dorothy Caldwell Marking the Everyday
November 25, 2006 to January 14, 2007

Kai Chan: Apparition
November 25, 2006 to January 14, 2007

Dagmar Dahle Lost. Bird. Collecting
September 23, 2006 to November 12, 2006

Don Gill: D'Arcy Island
September 23, 2006 to November 12, 2006



Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm to 5pm
Closed Mondays and all statutory holidays except for Canada Day (open 10 am to 5pm).


The Southern Alberta Art Gallery's Gallery Gift Shop showcases unique, fine quality local and Alberta-made objects produced by local and regional artists and artisans - including silver and bronze jewellery, wood-turned bowls, blown-glass vases, pottery and other functional products; original watercolours, photography and a selection of gift and postcards. Current issues of the art periodicals Artichoke, BorderCrossings and C Magazine, along with a selection of recent exhibition catalogues can also be purchased.

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The Gallery School is a curriculum based art program developed by accredited teaching professionals. The goal of The Gallery School is to create a meaningful learning experience for students. This is done through school and gallery visits and art activities related to the gallery's current exhibitions. The Gallery School program can be integrated into various aspects of the Alberta Curriculum, including social studies, geography, math, science and principles of art making. Please see the website for more details.


Friday Afternoons @ The Gallery
Do your children get off school at noon on Friday? Why not bring them to the gallery for an afternoon of art making and exploration? Every week we’ll work with different materials and concepts. No class April 6 for Good Friday and no class April 13 because of our Easter Break workshop.
Ages 6 to 12
Drop off between 12:30pm & 1:00pm.
Pick up between 3:30pm & 5:00pm
$5 per hour or a flat rate of $20 ($4 or $18 for Kidsclub members)
Bring a snack!
Please call 327-8770 ext. 0 to register your child.


No Boundaries - Teen Art Club
Would you like to do something creative with your Thursday nights? If you're interested in art and expressing yourself you should join the No Boundaries Teen Art Club. No boundaries is about discovering new interests! We will explore teen issues and discuss how it relates to art making. You'll have an opportunity to express yourself and be creative.
We'll meet twice a month on Thursdays from 4 to 6pm.

ATAC - Aboriginal Teen Art Club
Are you looking for a creative outlet? Are you interested in learning about aboriginal art and artists? Why not join ATAC. This club, with a focus on Aboriginal art and artists, is open to all students Come and explore a broad range of mediums and create art that is meaningful to you. We meet twice a month on Tuesdays at the gallery from 4 to 6 pm. This program is coordinated by The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, with assistance from Leroy Crazy Boy, Native Education Program Assistant for the Holy Spirit Regional School Division and Ira Provost, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Program Coordinator for Lethbridge School District #51. Last meeting for the summer will be June 19th. We’ll be back in September so look out for dates and times in our September newsletter.


The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is committed to the learning and growth of our visitors and community. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers a variety of programs for adults throughout the year. For a quick overview of all current programs check out the calendar of events section.

Art for Lunch
Thursdays at 12:10pm
Finding lunch unsatisfying? Try sampling something new! Art For Lunch is an opportunity to tour the Southern Alberta Art Gallery’s current exhibitions and take part in discussions related to the artwork. Tours will alternate with videos and guest speakers. Join Education Coordinator Amber Watt on Thursdays at 12:10pm. Art For Lunch is free with your Gallery admission and tea & coffee will be provided, please bring your lunch.

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery has a very active film program that runs from September through to June every year .If you are looking for a place to have lunch, and meet new people check out Tuesdays At Noon. If you are looking for the big screen experience make sure to check out SAAG Cinema.

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery recognizes film as a viable and important art form. Our monthly film series, SAAG Cinema, presents foreign and Canadian alternative film made available by The Film Circuit, a project of the Toronto International Film Festival. Films will be shown at the Galaxy Cinema in the Park Place Mall at 7pm, and tickets are available at the door. The cost is $8 or $6 for members.


The Southern Alberta Art Gallery plays an important role in national, regional, and local artistic communities by providing a venue for the exploration of contemporary art and ideas. Dedicated to bringing great art and people together, the gallery exhibits a wide range of contemporary art and complimentary programs. The support you lend to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery through your membership helps ensure the continuation of the high-quality exhibitions and programs which have enriched the cultural life of our community since 1976 and gained us a reputable national name.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery Membership Benefits

Membership Circle
Student/Senior(60+)/Alumni $25
Individual Membership $35
Family Membership $45 (includes 2 KidsClub Memberships)
· General Admission to the Gallery
· GALLERY newsletter mailed to your home
· Invitations to Opening Receptions and Members’ Night
· Gift Shop 15% discount on regular priced items
· Discount on Education Programs
· Discounts on Southern Alberta Art Gallery Cinema and Special Events
· Discounts at Participating Businesses
· Free Admission to reciprocating Alberta galleries and museums
· Right to vote at the Annual General Meeting

KidsClub Circle $25 (Children ages 6 to 13)
· Discounts on art classes, special events and programs
· Kidsclub mail

Membership Friends Circle up to $249
Members Circle Benefits, plus:
· Five additional General Admission Passes to the Gallery
· Recognition on Gallery’s Sponsor Wall of Fame and website
· Copy of the Annual Report
· One additional (2 total) transferable Family Memberships

Membership Curator Circle $250 to $499
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Venue hire

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is located in beautiful Galt Gardens, a park set in the heart of downtown Lethbridge. The SAAG is known as one of Canada's top ten contemporary art galleries with an international reputation for its excellence in contemporary art programs. It houses three gallery spaces and a tempting gift shop. Three spaces are available for rental: the main gallery (seating capacity from 130 - 200), upper gallery (seating capacity 50 - 100) and the Turcotte Library (seating capacity 35). Rental services can include tables, chairs, linen, complimentary coffee, cash bar if required (beer & wine). Audio-visual equipment is also available. Space availability is subject to change depending on current exhibitions. Events which have taken place at the gallery include a welcoming reception for Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, wedding ceremonies, string concerts, art auctions, film festivals, improv theatre, fashion shows and much much more.