Flotilla – The 2017 biennial gathering of ARCs, Charlottetown, PEI

Mustering the verve and warmth of an East Coast kitchen party, the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic was host to the biennial gathering of artist-run centres from across Canada in Charlottetown, in September 2017.

The event brought together artists, administrators, thinkers, curators and the public to consider the flexible, responsive and provisional forms of organization that are increasingly necessary for the sustained evolution of contemporary artist-run culture. Innovative platforms for artistic collaboration were a key focus.

The event explored and shared ideas around the theme Flotilla, a nautical metaphor that identifies a loose structure—boats and ships of varying dimensions banding together in open water—with a particular resonance in a maritime region characterized by nomadism, temporary location, isolation, and the presence of the sea as a shifting ground and a vehicle for exchange.

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