Centre City Banner Program

Centre City Banner Program Banners in the city’s core

The Centre City Banner Program engages local artists to create artwork for banners placed on six bridges leading into the core and on the Olympic Plaza pergola, acting as gateways to Calgary’s downtown and cultural district.

A different artist is selected by a jury each year to create a new look and story welcoming visitors to the downtown. For over a decade, the banner program has transformed Calgary’s gateway bridges into open air galleries for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Current exhibition

Curtis Van Charles (2022)

One of the most exciting things about Calgary is its proximity to some incredible outdoor places. These banners take the viewer on the ultimate road trip. The day begins in a prairie landscape just outside Calgary in the early morning, the scenery changes from one banner to the next as the sun crosses the sky and the Rocky Mountains in the background draw nearer. The journey eventually ends above the treeline in the evening under the northern lights. 

About the artist

Curtis Van Charles is known for his paintings of animals joyfully jumping above the horizon such as his mural 'City Foxes’ Calgary, AB. 2017-2019. Since graduating with a bachelor’s in design from AUArts in 2014, Curtis has worked as a full time artist. His methods of merging graphic design elements with realistic painted details have led to projects such as murals for Disney studios, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, and Alberta Ballet.

The foundation for Curtis’s artistic expression was born from a deep-rooted love for nature which began along the riverbanks near his childhood home in Saskatoon, SK. 
Curtis Van Charles is currently based in Okotoks, AB.

Curtis Van Charles banner

Past exhibits