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 Molecule

Blending the science of modernist cuisine with an evocative art experience in the historic Barron Building, this food experience will be an encounter with the sublime.

Moving from a construction site on ground floor, you’ll navigate to the fourth floor, which has been transformed into a temporary art gallery for two compelling artworks: a new interactive art installation by renowned Calgary artists, Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett and a mechanical wonder by British artist Peter William Holden. Closed toes shoes recommended.

Then climb the stairs once more to a once-in-a-lifetime molecular food and drink experiment, conducted by acclaimed chefs:

  • Chefs Michele Aurigemma, Paul Stoffel and Sean Thornhill from Q Haute Cuisine,
  • Chefs John Michael Macneil and Alison Bieber,
  • Chef Darren Maclean from Skokunin Izakaya,
  • Chef Liana Robberect and Ronnie Gillman from WinSport,
  • Mixologist Christina Mah of Raw Bar, and
  • Mixologist Clarice Gordon of Hotel Arts.

These top chefs have donated their time for this unique event and fundraiser for the Beakerhead education program. A $60 charitable receipt is provided with each ticket purchase.

Thank you to presenter TD and partners Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance and Strategic Group18+

Check out the menu

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* Please note that the Barron Building is in mid-transition and 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

The Gorgeous Molecule Menu

Just Released: The Gorgeous Molecule menu

A renovation site, a light bulb, a cherry and a tap shoe come together in an unexpected way at Beakerhead! Be one of the few who will have the chance to step foot in the historic Barron Building and engage all five senses with the building’s mid-transition between past and its stellar future.

Be amongst the first in the world to experience 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 ß by British artist Peter William Holden makes its west Canadian premiere.

All this in the midst of a modernist food experiment by these acclaimed chefs …

Tickets $150 available – BUY NOW
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