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Artist-Run Centres in Canada

Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are non-profit organizations, run by and for artists, that support new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over thirty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology of Canada and around the world.

Generally, these centres exhibit contemporary art that parallels the larger public institutions and private commercial galleries, thereby offering an alternative to artists in determining how their work is represented.

The majority of Canada’s internationally recognized contemporary artists, curators and cultural practitioners have emerged from the artist-run centre movement.

National Alliance of Artist-Run Centres and Collectives
    •  Natl Alliance of Artist-Run Centres & Collectives
    •  Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres
    •  Alberta Association of Artist Run Centres
    •  Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogérés
    •  Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario
    •  Association of Artist Run Centres from the Atlantic
    •  Plains Artist Run Centres Association
    •  Manitoba Visual Arts Association
    •  Independent Media Arts Alliance

 British Columbia
    •  221 Artist-Run Gallery, Vancouver
    •  Access Artist-Run Centre, Vancouver
    •  Arnica Artist-Run Centre, Kamloops
    •  Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver
    •  CineVic, Victoria
    •  Cineworks, Vancouver
    •  Gallery Gachet, Vancouver
    •  Grunt Gallery, Vancouver
    •  Gallery Vertigo, Vernon
    •  UNIT/PITT Projects, Vancouver
    •  Independent Community Television, Vancouver
    •  Moving Images Distribution, Vancouver
    •  Open Space, Victoria
    •  Or Gallery, Vancouver   
    •  Oxygen Art Centre, Nelson
    •  Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, Vancouver
    •  Ullus Collective, Penticton
    •  Video In Studios, Vancouver
    •  W2 Community Media Arts, Vancouver
    •  Western Front, Vancouver

    •  Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Calgary
    •  EM/Media, Calgary
    •  Film and Video Arts Society Alberta, Edmonton
    •  Harcourt House, Edmonton
    •  Latitude 53, Edmonton
    •  Quickdraw Animation Society, Calgary
    •  Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton
    •  Stride Gallery, Calgary
    •  The New Gallery, Calgary
    •  Truck, Calgary
    •  Untitled Art Society, Calgary

    •  Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg
    •  Platform Gallery, Winnipeg
    •  Mentoring Artists for Women's Art, Winnipeg
    •  Plug In Inc., Winnipeg
    •  Video Pool, Winnipeg
    •  Winnipeg Film Group, Winnipeg

 New Brunswick
    •  Festival intl. du cinéma francophone, Moncton
    •  Gallery Connexion, Fredericton
    •  New Brunswick Filmakers Co-op, Fredericton
    •  Struts, Sackville

    •  Resource Centre for the Arts, St. John's
    •  Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John's
    •  Newfoundland Indept. Filmmakers Co-op, St. John's

 Nova Scotia
    •  Atlantic Filmakers' CO OP, Halifax
    •  Centre For Art Tapes, Halifax
    •  EyeLevelGallery, Halifax

    •  A Space, Toronto
    •  Artcite, Windsor
    •  Art Metropole, Toronto
    •  Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Toronto
    •  Charles St. Video, Toronto
    •  Common Ground, Windsor
    •  Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph
    •  Forest City Gallery, London
    •  Gallery 101, Ottawa
    •  Gallery 1313, Toronto
    •  Gallery 44, Toronto
    •  Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton
    •  House of Toast/Media City Film Festival, Windsor
    •  Images Festival, Toronto
    •  Independent Filmmakers Co-Op of Ottawa, Ottawa
    •  InterAccess, Toronto
    •  Liaison of Indept. Filmmakers of Toronto, Toronto
    •  Mercer Union, Toronto
    •  Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston
    •  Niagara Artists Company, St. Catharines
    •  Open Studio, Toronto
    •  SAW Gallery, Ottawa
    •  SAW Video, Ottawa
    •  Terminal Gallery, Ottawa
    •  Trinity Square Video, Toronto
    •  Vtape, Toronto
    •  YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto
    •  White Water Gallery, North Bay
    •  Women's Art Resource Centre, Toronto

 Prince Edward Island
    •  Island Media Arts Co-Op, Charlottetown

    •  Articule, Montréal
    •  Avatar, Québec
    •  Centre de Production DAÏMÕN, Gatineau
    •  Centre des Arts Actuels SKOL, Montréal
    •  Champ Libre, Montréal
    •  DARE-DARE, Montréal
    •  Galerie Clark, Montréal
    •  Galerie Verticale, Québec
    •  Groupe Intervention Video, Montréal
    •  L'Œil de Poisson, Québec
    •  La Bande Video, Québec
    •  La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montréal
    •  La Chambre Blanche, Québec
    •  Langage Plus, Alma
    •  Oboro, Montréal
    •  Séquence, Chicoutimi
    •  Spirafilm, Québec
    •  Vidéo Femmes, Québec
    •  Vidéographe, Montréal

    •  AKA Artist-Run Centre, Saskatoon
    •  Neutral Ground, Regina
    •  Saskatchewan Filmpool Co-op, Regina


Other Art Centres:

British Columbia
    •  Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria, Victoria
    •  Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver
    •  Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver
    •  En'owkin Centre, Penticton
    •  Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
    •  Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops
    •  Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna
    •  Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver
    •  Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
    •  Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
    •  Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey
    •  UBC Okanagan, Creative and Critical Studies
    •  Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
    •  Vancouver Cultural Alliance, Vancouver

    •  Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary
    •  Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary
    •  Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff
    •  Calgary Aboriginal Arts Awareness Society, Calgary
    •  The Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
    •  Glenbow Museum, Calgary
    •  Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary
    •  One Yellow Rabbit, Calgary
    •  Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
    •  Triangle Gallery, Calgary
    •  University of Calgary Department of Art, Calgary
    •  University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge

 Nova Scotia
    •  Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax
    •  NSCAD University, Halifax

    •  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
    •  AWOL Gallery, Toronto
    •  Gallery Arcturus, Toronto
    •  McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
    •  National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
    •  Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
    •  Ryerson, Toronto
    •  The Power Plant, Toronto
    •  Union Gallery, Kingston
    •  University of Windsor, Visual Arts, Windsor

    •  Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    •  Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
    •  Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montréal
    •  StudioXX, Montréal
    •  Virtual Museum of Canada, Gatineau
    •  Vox Populi, Montréal

    •  Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina
    •  MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
    •  Paved Arts, Saskatoon

    •  Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City
    •  Yukon Arts Centre

    •  ArcPost
    •  Canadian Arts Coalition
    •  Cultural Human Resources Council
    •  Res Artis

    •  P.S.1, New York
    •  Upper North Side: Canada in NY, New York
    •  White Box Gallery, New York
    •  Vox Populi, Philadelphia
    •  Worldwide Art Gallery, Australia

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