> April 12, 2016

Into the fold or expanding the field?  
On Wednesday March 30, I attended the launch of I sign!a campaign produced by SPiLL PROpagation, an organization bringing together artists from ASL (American Sign Language) and LSQ (Langue des Signes Québécoise) linguistic minorities, and working in all artistic disciplines. Their mandate is to support the artistic careers of their members and to increase opportunities for their participation in the Québécois and Canadian cultural sectors. Their members are well-known in deaf art networks and wish to learn more about how the mainstream operates.

For ARCA, the collaboration began last April, when I was approached by Tiphaine Girault of SPiLL PROpagation, via cultural mediator Julie Châteauvert, to introduce artist-run centres in a series of videos, produced in ASL (American Sign Language) and LSQ (Langue des Signes Québécoise). A series of four videos provides information to help Deaf artists develop their careers: navigating presentation and exhibition venues, calls for proposals, funding, and training. A fifth video (see below) was produced to inform those with hearing on some lesser-known aspects of Deaf culture and history, or what is referred to as phonocentrism – the superiority of speech over written language, or in this case, signed language, and its influence on the formation of identity and art production.

This intercultural experience is an invitation to reflect upon the impulse that drives a group of individuals to want to build and own their own place, their own artist-run centre, in much the same way that centres have historically emerged out of collectives formed around specific identities. SPiLL is one of a few emerging groups in Canada that aspire to artist-run status (Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre, le Groupe Existe and la Galerie d'art Bernard-Jean in Caraquet, for example) not to mention those who have joined the network in recent years, such as This Town is Small in Charlottetown, host of the next artist-run national conference in 2017.

This event leads one to reflect on why individuals work so hard to start a space, and the meaning and value of such radicality.

Anne Bertrand, Director
> Interviews, videos, quotes
To the attention of exhibition spaces
> what's happening in our network?
The 2017 Flotilla / Flotille committee is pleased to announce that KGS management services of Charlottetown have been contracted as conference managers. The KGS team includes Becka Viau, Pan Wendt, Cate Proctor, and is led by Kate Gracey-Stewart. An initial agreement was signed in late March, and grant preparation has begun.

Questions about the conference can be directed to
On a bittersweet note, I wish to thank Gina Badger, ARCA’s freelance scribe since 2014, for her invaluable contribution to our editorial efforts. We wish her the best in her new position as Editor of Exhibitions and Publications at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and much success as a founding collective member of MICE Magazine.
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> studies, stats, letters
A recent study commissioned by the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres (PAARC) funded through the Leadership for Change Program examines the impacts of recent changes to provincial cultural policies and funding on British Columbia artist-run centres (ARCs). Can ARCs remain financially and operationally viable while maintaining their core values? Values include:
  • a mandate to serve the needs of visual and media artists;
  • a goal of sustaining artistic independence;
  • a commitment to encouraging artistic innovation and risk-taking.
PAARC views the recent changes as constituting a challenge to maintaining the current functioning of ARCs in the province. Further interpretation of the data will address these challenges and lead to the development of opportunities for organizational development across the BC artist-run network and beyond.

Stay tuned for follow up!

The potential. You guys have a chance to make something unique and Canadian that has a worldwide impact.
— Visitor @VA/BF

Project Space is excited to announce the 5th Annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair, from October 14 to 16, 2016, and the Artists’ Book Week from October 10 to 16, 2016.

Free and open to the public, VA/BF is the largest international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. In 2016 the event is anticipated to attract over 5,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.

VA/BF is organized by Project Space, a member of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres and is presented in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

organizers are now accepting applications from artists, publishers, collectives, artist-run centres, institutions, bookshops and artists' book distributors for the 2016 Vancouver Art/Book Fair! Simply send information about your press (description, photos, links) to Once accepted, you will receive a registration link.

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