PUMICE RAFT #3: THE EVOLUTION OF THE ARTIST-RUN CENTRE
With the establishment of the Canada Council for the Arts Act in 1957, the self organizing artists groups in Canada were able to receive government funding and incorporate as an artist-run centre - a designation that falls under the not-for-profit arts organization model. This government iniative allowed for the establishment of artist-run centres such as A Space(1971), Art Metropole(1974), and Interaccess (1982) - all of which still operate in Toronto today. However, over time the funding models that support the artist-run centre have shifted due to governmental and economic shifts which, in turn, have forced the proprioters of these organizations to innovate the artist-run model. This panel will unpack the conditions that allowed the artist-run centre to initially thrive and how they have had to change the model to reflect the current moment.
Karen Carter (B.A.N.D), Jess Carroll (AC Repair Co.), Veronika Ivanova (Bunker 2), and Manden Murphy (Roberta Pelan), Michael Pace (Art Metropole)