As a cultural attraction, the Centre will provide a personal interaction with contemporary art for the surrounding community, Calgarians, and tourists.
KOAC is a non-for-profit public art Centre that focuses on lectures, symposia, workshops, programming, and exhibitions of local and international contemporary art.
As Katie likes to put it, the focus of the Centre will be on “the three R’s” – Retreat, Research and Residence. Therefore, the KOAC concept comprises an art gallery, studio spaces for emerging artists, a research library and vast collection of artwork amassed over more than six decades, all surrounded by a botanic sculpture park in a rehabilitated wetlands and a woods sanctuary.
Some of the different buildings in the Art Centre include Katie and Harry’s home, a modern structure that will be transformed into an interpretive gallery, workshop area and library research centre. The existing studios, where Katie and Harry currently practice, will be shared with emerging artists to provide multiple studio spaces. And the Centre’s future pavilion which will house a portion of the KOAC collection and other programming and art exhibitions.