March 12, 2021

April 17, 2021


Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 Street West, Millarville



Events Description


‘Coexistence’ is a Leighton Art Centre Main Gallery exhibition by Terra Simieritsch.

While we had hoped reopening might be possible by now, current Alberta health measures continue to keep Leighton Art Centre (LAC) – together with our fellow Alberta museums and art galleries – temporarily closed.

This new exhibition is being installed in the gallery, with the expectation that in-person visits might be possible towards late March. But, in the meantime, the show must go on!

Virtual visitors are invited you to view the exhibition’s online catalogues, which will be available on the LAC website by 4 pm on Friday March 12, 2021. Exhibition continues through April 17, 2021.

About The Exhibition:

Coexistence will challenge the viewer to reflect upon their own stereotypes and prejudices around common wildlife species that humans often come into conflict with. People often categorize certain species of wildlife as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and how they interact with those species often stems from that initial judgment. It is interesting how these same visceral responses about certain species can be present even when interacting with art pieces of these specific birds and animals.

Each of the mixed-media pieces in the exhibit carry with them a wild creature that has an anthropogenic element woven into it. Maps, ribbons, flyers, words and common causes of conflict are present if you examine the layers of each piece. These art pieces represent the complexity of people and wild creatures cohabitating, intermingling aspects of their lives for better or for worse.

Through this exhibit the artist encourages the viewer to really examine what preconceived notions they have around certain species (be they positive or negative) and dig deeper into where those notions came from. By looking into why we have formed certain stereotypes and taking the time to see a given species in a more profound light, can we start to change how we feel and interact with that species? Can we find a way to coexist with wildlife in a way that allows them to retain the freedom to be wild? What does it mean to coexist?

Exhibition launching virtually at 4 pm on March 12. When in-person visits become possible, please check for current operating hours.

Who is it for?

All ages


Tickets : Free

Free; donations gratefully accepted online or when in-person visits resume.

How to get tickets?

Buy online



Date: Friday March 12, 2021 to Saturday April 17, 2021

Exhibition launching virtually at 4 pm on March 12. When in-person visits become possible, please check for current operating hours.

Venue & Address

Leighton Art Centre (may be virtual only), 282027 144 St. West Foothills AB T1S 0Y4

Wheelchair accessible

Free Parking

Not accessible by Public Transport

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