Les Manning has been a ceramic artist for over thirty years and lived in Banff for 25 as the Artistic Director of the Banff Centre’s Ceramic Arts program.

In 1998, Les was a visiting artist in one of the first artists in residence programs offered in Medicine Hat. Afterwards, he was asked to stay on for a “three year” project to build a state-of-the-art contemporary ceramics studio facility. Nine years later, the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics opened its doors.

To show appreciation for his hard work (which was done on a volunteer basis), the art gallery at the front of the Shaw Centre in his honour.

It is a 300 square-foot space with 15 feet tall windows. There is also a partial glass floor that exposes an industrial slip tank which was discovered during construction.

This space is reserved for visiting artists to our residency programs.