From November 12 to 14, 2015, Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) hosted Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion, a national conference focusing on diversity in the artist-run centres’ network.
Invited by the Fine Arts Department of the University of Waterloo on February 25th to introduce a group of students to the artist-run network as part of their Professional Development Talks series, ARCA stayed a few days longer to visit centres in Hamilton and London.
ARCA is proud to announce that Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) will be hosting the next national artist-run centre conference titled Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, from 12-14 November, 2015. ARCCO is inviting those who have a stake in current artist-run culture to submit proposals in response to the attached call before February 3rd 2015.
Hosted by Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO), the Hot Buttons conference provided a stimulating forum that generated dialogue and debate on critical issues facing artist-run centres in Canada. An impressive and diverse range of panelists and keynote speakers at the forefront of artist-run culture focused on questions such as whether or not artist-run centres are successfully interacting with the younger generation of artists, serving the needs of newer artistic practices, or effectively reaching out to new audiences and increasing public awareness and appreciation and adapting to change.
An initiative of ARCCO, the Convergence conference ended a nine year professional development and networking drought in the artist-run centre community, a direct result of the demise of the national organization ANNPAC in 1994. ARCCO was the first provincial organization to respond to this need by developing a national conference specifically for the artist-run centre »»