WHAT IS AN ARTIST-RUN CENTRE?
Artist-run centres (ARCs) are non-profit arts organizations that support visual and media arts.
Artist-run centres share one defining quality: they are run by artists for artists.
They display visual and media art, foster public engagement with the arts, advocate for artists, and/or provide professional development in the arts.
ARCs are a vital part of the discovery and exploration of contemporary visual art, for artists and audiences across Canada. They provide essential services and community support for artists and art community members such as:
- exhibition spaces and project rooms for public presentation
- education regarding techniques and professional knowledge
- peer-to-peer assessment
- critical discussions and writing
They’re necessary in the development and success of professional artists in Manitoba and across the country.
Each ARC is run by a Board of Directors, which is elected by each centre’s members at its Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Each artist-run centre is different, and is motivated by a unique mission, vision and goal.
Their focus can be a particular medium, technique or context. Many ARCs are dedicated to providing equal opportunities and resources for artists of all ages, disciplines and experience levels.
ARCs pay artists for the exhibition and presentation of their work. Fees are set and mandated by CARFAC (Canadian Artist's Representation / le front des artistes canadiens).
ARCs across Canada receive support from municipal, provincial and federal grants, foundations, corporate sponsors as well as donors.