Leighton Art Centre is pleased to announce the launch of Made For This Place: The Leighton Legacy, its new online exhibition at Digital Museums Canada.

Made for This Place explores the lives and art of prominent Alberta artists A.C.  Leighton and Barbara Leighton. Together, they travelled the world, pursuing artistic inspiration and places to call home. Eventually, they purchased land south of Calgary, where they built a home and founded the Leighton Art Centre (LAC).

The story offers a unique insight into the rich artistic history of Southern Alberta through the Centre’s stories of adventure, creation and community-building.

The online project was developed with funding from the Digital Museums Canada investment program. The program helps build digital capacity in Canadian museums and heritage organizations and gives Canadians unique access to diverse stories and experiences. Digital Museums Canada is managed by the Canadian Museum of History, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the creation of this virtual exhibition. Special thanks go to Joel Goundry and James Reckseidler at Roadwest Pictures, and to Barbara’s friends and early members of the Leighton Centre: Barbara Ballachey, Jill Cross, Shan Cross, Philippa Finnis, Crys Harse, Sabine Lecorre-Moore, Patricia Lortie, Lois Milner and Robert Ollerenshaw.

In addition to the above acknowledged funding from Digital Museums Canada, we would also like to acknowledge ongoing support from the Province of Alberta through Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development and Section23 The Edward Ltd.The story is available in both English and French:

Made For This Place: The Leighton Legacy


Un lieu idéal : l’héritage des Leighton