On my way to Banff to attend the Canadian Arts Summit, I visited artist-run centres in Edmonton and Calgary to meet with colleagues, some for the first time. In Edmonton, ARCA president and director of Latitude 53 Todd Janes accompanied me on a tour of centres, including SNAP and Harcourt House; In Calgary, I was greeted by AAARC president Su Ying Strang of The New Gallery and taken on a quick tour of Untitled, Stride, and the New Gallery, all located in new spaces, before joining the gathered artist-run leaders for a meeting at Truck in their new industrial location a little on the edge of things.
On November 15 -16, ARCA attended the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) meeting titled Evolve or Perish, a title surely intended to provoke discussions on how the gathered media arts community is responding to The Canada Council for the Arts “change agenda”. The two day long symposium, organised by recently appointed MANO director Ben Donahue and event coordinator Jane Kim was introduced by keynote speaker Clive Robertson. The symposium coincided with Galerie SAW Gallery ART STAR 5: Witness and Testify, a video art biennial providing participants with two evenings of curated shorts.
On December 5th, The Manitoba Artist-Run Centres’ (MARCC) members gathered at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) for a meeting to cover quite a few topics. I attended the meeting in part to clarify the role of ARCA in advocacy, representation, research, and networking for the artist-run network across Canada. It was helpful to revisit why ARCA was formed in 2005 and why it was organised by regional associations (including two cultural associations).
On Oct. 20-21, ARCA President Todd Janes, and Director Anne Bertrand, along with over 70 individuals representing National arts service organisations (NASO), attended the annual meeting with The Canada Council for the Arts. Extended by one day, the meeting’s agenda offered perspectives on the current situation at Council, a presentation of the new organisational development assistance program called Leadership for Change, a presentation on available web-based organisational development resources, a presentation of results of a survey polling NASOs on the services offered to their membership as well as their interest and motivation to meet yearly.
ARCA is proud to announce the upcoming publication of PERFORMANCE ART PRESENTATION IN CANADA TODAY, a summary of the LIVE Retreat minutes, Vancouver October 9 & 10, 2012, in INTER, ART ACTUEL – #115 fall issue, prepared by Stacey Ho and Randy Gledhill with the support of the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference / La Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCCC/CCCAA, aka ARCA).
ARCA is proud to share some thoughts on its recent participation in the East of There meeting held from June 20-23 in Saint John, NB, an event organized to coincide with the annual assemblies of the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic (AARCA) and Atlantic Provinces Art Galleries Association (APAGA).
From April 18 to 21, 2013, and on the invitation of organizers Shannon Stratton (Threewalls, Chicago, IL), Abigail Satinsky (Threewalls), Courtney Fink (Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA), Elizabeth Chodos, (Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI/Chicago, IL) and Nat May (SPACE, Portland, ME), ARCA board member Jonathan Middleton (PAARC; Or Gallery) attended a convening of nearly 30 arts administrators from artist-run and artist-focused arts organizations from across the United States.
Ten years after Tiré à part/Off Printing, a symposium on publishing in artist-run centres, organised by Le Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogéré du Québec (RCAAQ), the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCCC/CCCAA, aka ARCA) is proud to announce that, in recognition of recent shifts and developments in independent art publishing, it will be organizing a forum on the topic of Independent art writing, production and circulation as part of East of There, an expanded meeting of visual art professionals to take place at the New Brunswick museum from June 20-23, 2013.
In this photo from ten years ago, John Murchie of Struts, who will be retiring this spring, and, in the background, Michelle Bush (ex Eastern Edge), Felicity Tayler and Aneesa Hashmi (ex La Centrale), Le Lieu, Québec, 2003.
ARCA is pleased to join the Or Gallery in inviting members of our network to the premiere of Heidi Phillips’ video during a reception to be held October 11, at 6 p.m., in the Or Gallery foyer. With some of the material so generously provided by the centres, filmmaker Heidi Phillips was commissioned to produce a communications video capturing our network of artist-run centres in all its nuances and manifestations of vitality. Come join ARCA’s team of dedicated regional and cultural representatives as we raise a glass in recognition of our unique artist-run culture while also inaugurating the Institutions by Artists convention.