Temporary Gallery of Lasting Impressions


Its doors were locked for years, but thanks to Strategic Group, Calgary’s historic Barron Building is coming back to life as an engineering backdrop for contemporary art. During Beakerhead, it will be a sublime stage for SoleNoid, a western Canadian premiere by German artist, Peter William Holden, and As Above, So Below, an illuminated installation by internationally renowned Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, made of Nanoleaf light bulbs that can last up to 40 years. Nanoleaf is a Beakerhead for a Better World project, presented in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation.

Operating Hours:

Open to the public September 17 – 20

  • Home of The Gorgeous Molecule, Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 pm, and The Gorgeous Libation, Friday, September 18 at 8:00 pm (tickets required for both special events)
  • Public viewing on Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Gorgeous Libation (pop-up bar)

Whether you want to lounge in a historically unique space with your friends, be one of the few to taste a special limited edition beer or molecular cocktail, or lose yourself in a forest of lights and taps, Beakerhead has a pop-up experience to suit everyone.

The Gorgeous Molecule beer tap handle by Kelly Lai
The Gorgeous Molecule beer tap handle by Kelly Lai

This one night only, pop-up bar is the perfect place to mingle and explore the history and the future of (human) energy in the historic Barron Building*. The bar is stocked with whimsical Absolut concoctions and a special Big Rock beer – Beakerhead edition ‘The Gorgeous Molecule’.

With drink in hand, explore unique illuminated and mechanical lounge spaces. Be one of the first to see the international premiere of As Above, So Below, an interactive art installation using the world’s most efficient lightbulb Nanoleaf, by renowned Calgary artists, Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett.

And what’s that? Tap, tap … tap! SoleNoid by British artist Peter William Holden makes its west Canadian premiere.

Join Beakerhead for what will be a historic pop-up party!

Included with your entry ticket: two wine, cocktail or beer samplers and yummy theatre concession snacks.

Absolut. Photo by Kelly Hofer
Absolut. Photo by Kelly Hofer

18+ Geek responsibly.

* Please note that the Barron Building is in mid-transition and is a working site. We would suggest closed-toe shoes (with wedges or wide heels for ladies).



The Barron Building welcomes Beakerhead


As an innovative company that sets no boundaries on creativity, Strategic Group is pleased to dust off the Barron Building and open its doors to several Beakerhead events.

The Gorgeous MoleculeThe Gorgeous Libation, and the Temporary Gallery of Lasting Impressions will debut Sept. 17-20 where science, cuisine, creative libations, and contemporary art will occupy and bring the historic building to life.

Though the building has not been in use for several years and construction has not commenced, Strategic Group has volunteered the expertise of several teams to ensure the necessary requirements are met in order to safely open the space to the public.

Strategic Group’s COO Randy Ferguson says, “We are excited to support Beakerhead. Their programs directly align with our values of being creative and unconventional and are representative of the engineering and scientific industries in which we employ to a large degree.”

Beakerhead is also associated with and highly recognized in the arts community – a passion and commitment Strategic Group can relate to.

“We find the imagination that Beakerhead is able to generate extremely exciting and we look forward to celebrating the event as well as the Barron Building’s history, with the opportunity to showcase its future,” says Ferguson.

With the goal to preserve the building’s historical and character-defining elements, while redeveloping it into a modern building, the iconic Barron Building will soon see a unique transformation and regain its eminence.

But first, Beakerhead.

Written by Roxana Secara, Advisor, Brand & Community, Strategic Group

Step this way. Photo by Andre Goulet
Step this way. Photo by Andre Goulet
Pull. Photo by Denise Kitagawa
Pull. Photo by Denise Kitagawa
Mid-transition. Photo by Denise Kitagawa
Mid-transition. Photo by Denise Kitagawa