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


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

Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion


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.

ARCA at Institutions by Artists: two artistic-socio-political activities


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.

Institutions by Artists: The Convention, October 12-14 2012, Vancouver (Canada)


From October 12-14, 2012, the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (PAARC), jointly with FILLIP Magazine, will host the Institutions by Artists Convention in Vancouver. This conference will survey institutional and para-institutional projects and practices by artists to measure the distance between the promise and the actual performance of contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives.
The Institutions by Artists Convention is now sold out. You can watch video from the conference live, World Art centre or Cinema beginning Oct 12th, 2012. Following the end of the Convention, full HD video of the event will be archived on ArcPost.

Conference : Res Artis, October, in Montreal and Québec City, 2010


Hosted by Le Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ), the 2010 Conference The Americas: Independent Artistic Practices in the Era of Globalization examined the state of residencies in the Americas by taking stock of the experiences, local initiatives, and self-management models impacting methods of production and distribution, as well as the creative contexts for contemporary work. Our intention was to allow Conference participants to meet the most representative interlocutors from the Americas’ vast cultural scene and to understand the stakes and factors both distinguishing and uniting them.

Conference : Hot buttons, Ottawa, 2008


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.

(Proto ARCA) InFestInternational Artist Run Culture, Vancouver, 2004


Organized by Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (PAARC) PAARC, coordinated by Keith Wallace. Although this conference precedes the official creation of ARCA, it was following the InFest conference that representatives from centres across the country agreed to form the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference / La Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCCC/CCCAA), a coalition of regional associations and specific caucuses.

(Proto ARCA) Off Printing, 2003, Québec


Organized by Le Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ), the conference emerged from a desire to examine the publishing activities of the artist-run network. The international meeting focused on the specific modes of production and distribution that define the milieu and their distinct contribution to the artworld and market.

(Proto ARCA) Convergence, Ottawa, 2002


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 »»