About Us

In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that as Galleries West, we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

Galleries West's mission is to publish an online visual arts magazine that informs, connects and strengthens the diverse communities that comprise the arts ecosystem of Western Canada and the North.

An award-winning magazine based in Calgary / Mohkinstsis, we offer timely and relevant critical and expository writing about art and artists in communities large and small across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.


Our magazine offers remarkable images, engaging writing and valuable insights from a diverse array of writers and critics.


We post regular news summaries and stories about the Canadian art world on an ongoing searchable news scroll.


Our searchable database includes hundreds of exhibitions, user-friendly interactive maps to help you locate galleries, and information about art-related services like framing and shipping. 


Galleries West was launched in 2002 by Calgary publisher Tom Tait after he noticed that artists and exhibitions in Western Canada often received little attention outside their local communities. The print magazine, with a circulation ranging from 17,000 to 28,000 copies, was distributed through art galleries at no charge to readers three times a year. After 15 years, in 2017 Galleries West moved to an exclusively digital model, seeking to build community engagement through the immediacy of digital technology. The magazine, which releases a new issue every second Tuesday, is accessible on all digital platforms and devices without an app or a pay wall. Sign up now.


Use the comprehensive search box in the upper right corner of each page or browse our free, searchable public-access archive of 2,000-plus articles, issue-by-issue.


Our editorial content is managed separately from advertising. Editorial choices are made by the editor and are not for sale.

We welcome suggestions for coverage. We welcome input … and feedback.

To pitch a show, please reach out to editor@gallerieswest.ca with:

  • Names of artists
  • Opening and closing dates
  • Exhibition title
  • A brief description
  • Short artist bios with links to their websites

Do include a great image! Please send large files via Dropbox or WeTransfer to editor@gallerieswest.ca.

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Alberta Media Fund, the Government of Canada Periodical Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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