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 Canadian artist-run centres in Charlottetown, in September 2017.

The event brings together artists, administrators, thinkers, curators and the public to consider the flexible, responsive and provisional forms of organization that are increasingly necessary for the sustained evolution of contemporary artist-run culture. Innovative platforms for artistic collaboration will be a key focus.

The event will explore and share ideas around the theme Flotilla, a nautical metaphor that identifies a loose structure—boats and ships of varying dimensions banding together in open water—with a particular resonance in a maritime region characterized by nomadism, temporary location, isolation, and the presence of the sea as a shifting ground and a vehicle for exchange.


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AARCA: The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic was incorporated in 2005 to support and promote the activities of artist-run centres in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

These objectives are achieved by:

  • • helping to strengthen and sustain member centres
  • • promoting short-and-long-term centre planning
  • • identifying appropriate resources and expediting access to them
  • • organizing collective programs, projects and research
  • • collecting, organizing, analyzing, and distributing relevant information
  • • assisting with communication and the timely exchange of information
  • • encouraging critical dialogue and discussion on matters of common concern
  • • speaking for member centres on matters of common concern
  • • providing a forum for the identification and resolution of key issues
  • • liaising with government, funding agencies, and other organizations as well as educating government, business, and the public about artist-run centres

A representative from AARCA is elected to sit on the National ARC organization’s Board of Directors, ARCCC-CCCAA: the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/La Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés. In this way links are established with National arts advocacy groups to improve conditions for artist-run centres.

ARCCC-CCCAA, aka ARCA: The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference is a Canadian organization that represents – by way of the nine artist-run centres’ associations that form its membership – over 180 artist-run centres and collectives in cities and towns across the country. Artist-run centres’ associations – are the recognized non-profit geography, identity and discipline-based artist-run associations which subscribe to the objects of the Corporation and represent its membership.

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