> february 15, 2017

ARCA IS proud to announce the imminent release of The Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation. Produced in partnership with the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ), this volume groups a series of seven briefs researched and written by artist, critic, cultural worker and art librarian Felicity Tayler. Each brief will be sent to this list twice monthly, between March 1 and June 7, 2017. The briefs and reference materials will thereafter be available for consultation on ARCA’s website under the “Grey Guide” menu. Print and digital versions will be available next September. More details to come.

Drawing from material collected over several meetings of an ad hoc committee of independent Quebec and Canadian publishers, The Grey Guide is intended to trigger high-level debate surrounding the role of publishing in artist-run culture. Combining theory with practice, this volume also offers guidance for self-managed distribution in this complex field, so that a new generation of artists and cultural workers who wish to professionalize may do so, while others may opt to remain resolutely DIY if they so please. Either way, somewhere on the continuum between adopting an entrepreneurial strategy and advocating for sustained public funding, the guide offers insight into the advantages and disadvantages inherent to a diversity of approaches.

ARCA wishes to thank all meeting participants, the staff at Artexte, and Michael Maranda for their astute feedback, as well as ARCA’s members for their confidence and ongoing support. This publication has also benefitted from the support of l’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF), the RCAAQ via its program for promotion of publications as well as support for translation from Canadian Heritage.
Anne Bertrand

Felicity Tayler


Annie Lafleur
Simon Brown

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Edwin Janzen
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Flotilla > Call for Proposals
from Individuals & Collaborations

The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic (AARCA) hosts the biennial gathering of artist-run centres in Charlottetown, September 21-24, 2017.

Deadline for proposals: March 7th, 2017.

AARCA is accepting proposals from individual artists, curators, practitioners, and collaborative teams to present workshops, installations, interventions, and community-driven partnerships and initiatives during the biennial gathering of artist-run centres in Charlottetown in September 2017.

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     human ressources 101
> best HR practices in ARCs

The results of the CultureCulture survey are beginning to be released, giving us a fuller picture of our sector’s unpaid workforce. The survey measures the demographic makeup of Canada’s unpaid arts interns, the working conditions of their internships, and what elements make for a fruitful experience. Of particular interest is the question of class.

Though no overt biases may exist when hiring, the ways internships are structured often put lower-class workers at a disadvantage that may be resulting in systemic class-based barriers to entry into arts work. Alongside social class, the survey measured other survival factors: whether they worked alongside their internship, their time commitment, and how much of this time was spent on pertinent work.

Of 172 respondents, 18.6 % came from a precarious background, while 57% were middle class and 23.8% were more well-off. Of course, interns from lower classes were the most likely to hold side jobs that kept them from taking full-time opportunities, as well as the most likely to have debt resulting from their internships, while interns from wealthier backgrounds were most likely to receive financial help from their families and hold full-time internships.

Unfortunately, face time proved to be the most dramatic factor in an intern’s hireability: Though only 22.7% of all respondents got paid work at their organization after their internship, 79.5% of those who were hired didn’t have a side job during their internship. Additionally, a 13% hiring rate for those who worked less than 10 hours per week jumped to a 23% hiring rate after committing 20 hours per week. Perhaps with this knowledge, it will be possible to devise a more equitable internship formula going forward.
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© 2017, Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference / Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés.

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