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Archive for ‘Artist-Run Centres’

If you are aiming for the Vancouver Art Gallery and beyond, an artist-run centre is usually the place to start. These galleries are generally open to highly experimental work, in which it matters far more whether the work is interesting and/or challenging than whether it is pretty.


221A Artist Run Centre is a non-profit organization that supports and facilitates dialogue between contemporary art and design. Over the past year, the organization has engaged over 5000 public visitors to acquire new knowledge and understanding around historical, social, and intellectual conditions of contemporary society through exhibitions, talks, workshops and publications. 221A is fortunate as a young organization to join a body of hard-working and respected arts organizations that make up Vancouver’s existing cultural ecology. However, 221A’s programme manifests a unique interdisciplinary community by presenting work by both contemporary artists and designers with a focus on work that creates new knowledge extensions between existing art and design practices.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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Access is a non-profit organization dedicated to emergent
contemporary art practices. We provide points of access for artists
and audiences alike by supporting presentations of diverse views and
creative practices of local, national and international artists, curators
and cultural practitioners. Access strives to spark critical conversations
about contemporary art through experimentation and risk-taking within
the gallery space and beyond.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:33 pm


Artspeak is a non-profit artist-run centre, established in 1986 and is a registered charitable organization. Our early association with Kootenay School of Writing served to situate Artspeak within a unique interdisciplinary community of writers, poets, critics and visual artists. Artspeak is operated by a group of artists from the visual and language arts who share concerns in relation to the theory and practice of contemporary art. The mandate of the gallery is to exhibit contemporary art and to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing. Of particular interest is work that crosses the boundaries between the two disciplines, exploring their common areas of praxis – a distinct aspect of the history of cultural practice in this region.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Centre A

From its large gallery space in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Centre A explores beyond exhibition art practice to include artists-in-residence, collective interventions, works in progress, studio production, public forums, screenings, publications and web projects. This is a space for gathering, discussion and exchange between artists and participants from diverse backgrounds.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Gallery Gachet

Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Gachet is a collectively-run exhibition and studio space built to empower participants as artists, administrators and curators. The organization’s cultural services have grown from the operation of a small, basement studio in downtown Granville South, offering one exhibition a year in 1993, to coordinating approximately 3,000 square feet of public-access arts space with up to 12 exhibitions each year, in addition to residencies, workshops, artist talks, symposia, special projects and other events.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Grunt Gallery

Grunt Gallery is an artist-run centre formed in 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It programs exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications and special projects.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Or Gallery

The Or Gallery is an artist-run centre committed to exhibiting work by local, national, and international artists whose art practice is of a critical, conceptual and/or interdisciplinary nature. Since its inception in 1983 the gallery has acted as a laboratory for research, proposition making, conceptual experimentation and documentation.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

The Western Front

The Western Front Society is one of Canada’s first artist-run-centres. For over 30 years, it has developed an international reputation as a centre for experimental art practice and performance. Five programs focus on the production and presentation of exhibitions, performance art, new music, media art, and an arts magazine.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

UNIT/PITT Projects

UNIT/PITT Projects (formerly the Helen Pitt Gallery) is a non-profit artist-run centre dedicated to the promotion of experimental contemporary art that addresses social, political, cultural, and critical issues. It promotes and facilitates public dialogue concerning critical awareness, social consciousness, contemporary art practices and community.

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 8:41 pm