EXPO Art Pavilion
A canvas for community art.
Our commitment to community is rooted in our core values of making an impact and caring for one another. We recognize that we have been entrusted with an incredible community asset at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, and we don’t take it for granted that we can use this asset to help our community.
With the EXPO Art Pavilion, we are opening our doors and walls to local artists. A main focus of our community initiatives at the Edmonton EXPO Centre is assisting and supporting our immediate community. Our first initiative of the EXPO Art Pavilion is a partnership with the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, located just two kilometers away from the Edmonton EXPO Centre in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood.
Partnership with the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts
This partnership will see the Edmonton EXPO Centre provide long-term space to the Nina Haggerty Centre for Arts to showcase pieces from artists with developmental disabilities. There will be multiple installation stages in the partnership, with the initial 18-piece installation completing the first stage. This stage includes three large-format pieces by artists Decinti Simpson (“Fall Leaves”) and Lora Pallister (“British Columbia” and “Trees”). Additional artworks will be added to the EXPO Art Pavilion in early 2020.
If you see the art on your visit to the Edmonton EXPO Centre, we encourage you to take photos and share them on social media with #NinaattheEXPO!
Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts
Edmonton EXPO Centre
Edmonton EXPO Centre Sales Manager Laurie Matheson (left) with Artist Lora Pallister (right)
Lora Pallister is a versatile visual artist with a keen sense of colour. She works each painting intensively over long periods of time, concentrating on small sections to create a quilt-like tapestry of colour on the canvas. With each painting, Lora experiments with different techniques while also strengthening her own intuitive colour sense. Her work has been exhibited in a number of shows throughout Edmonton. She has recently been awarded with the 2020 Stantec Artist of the Year Award.
Lora has two large-format pieces featured in the EXPO Art Pavilion: “British Columbia” and “Trees.”
Artist Decinti Simpson
Decinti Simpson is an artist from the Northwest Territories currently practicing in Edmonton. She works primarily in painting and drawing, but since joining the Nina Collective in 2017, she has begun experimenting in other media. Decinti’s subject matter varies with her mood. Floral and nature motifs spring within her paintings as an expression of her joyful, energetic spirit. On days when she feels stressed or anxious she works through those feelings by painting abstract patterns in darker colours.
Decinti has one large-format piece featured in the EXPO Art Pavilion: “Fall Leaves.”