Our MandateWe curate creativity, connections, and conversations
around art, faith, hope and love.
We believe there is value to be discovered at the intersection of contemporary art and religious faith, and welcome visitors from all faith backgrounds (or none) to join us in exploring this overlap. By establishing art space, sacred space and community space on Alberta Avenue, we offer beauty and voice to neighbourhood residents, and work for social justice in our inner city.
Bleeding Heart Art Space houses just over 500 square feet of admission-free public gallery space. Exhibitions are juried annually by members of the Bleeding Heart team and independent artists. In addition to group shows, solo shows feature 6 to 8 artists a year, both emerging and professional. Exhibition fees correspond to exhibit length, based on the CARFAC schedule.
The Space welcomes hundreds of guests each year to exhibitions, artist workshops, community building events and weekend retreats.
The Bleeding Heart is deeply tied to the arts revitalization movement of Alberta Avenue (118th Ave) in Edmonton, Alberta. This is the community we love.
You can find us at 9140 118th Ave (second floor).
Find our hours and contact information here.
After running as a pop-up gallery space since 2012, Bleeding Heart moved into its first permanent home in November of 2014 and its current location in July of 2017.
With its own leadership team and mandate, Bleeding Heart Art Space functions as a program of St. Faith’s Anglican Church, located across the street. St. Faith’s, a registered charity, oversees administrative and financial matters for the Space and issues tax receipts for charitable donations. The majority of funding for Bleeding Heart Art Space comes from private donations, with event ticket sales, workshop fees and art sales making up the balance.
Art speaks. Stop and listen. Open yourself to questions, conversations and connections. Engage. Wrestle. Create in response to creation. Invite surprise and awe. Seek out beauty and wonder. Simple can be sacred. Laugh and eat and make and play. Learn from children. Open doors and include people. Find beauty in their story. Accept their failures; we are all bleeding. Forgive and be forgiven. Love is powerful, so risk it. Love in the face of fear. Love the wrong people. Seek; you find what you look for. Truth, beauty and redemption are just down the street so know your neighbourhood. Love local. Walk often. Say hi and make eye contact. Shop your streets. Gather together. Make a meal, take a class and tend your garden. Serve. You have a song so sing it well. Never settle. Find the freedom in discipline. Refine your craft. Learn and teach. Give and ask for excellence, then give and ask for grace. Keep listening.
Our Manifesto grew out of six core values.
We will remain;
engaging | inclusive | redemptive
local | champions of artistic excellence | awestruck
Chair: Ven. Travis Enright
Treasurer: Jim Whittle
Members at Large: David Williams, Jeanne Williams, Heather Ritz, Dave Von Bieker