Links to Canadian Artist-Run Centres

Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are non-profit organizations, run by and for artists, that support new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over thirty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology of Canada and around the world. Generally, these centres exhibit contemporary art that parallels the larger public institutions and private commercial galleries, thereby offering an alternative to artists in determining how their work is represented. The majority of Canada’s internationally-recognized contemporary artists, curators, and cultural practitioners have emerged from the artist-run centre movement. Definition adapted from the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres’ website,

ARCs emerged in the early 1970s in several Canadian cities. These venues, also called parallel galleries, developed as a response to a lack of appropriate exhibition spaces for artists whose priorities were non-commercial, and/or who were not established enough in their careers to be showing in institutional or public galleries. Today a network of over 100 exhibition and production centres spans the country and continues to provide support and invaluable exposure opportunities for contemporary artists.

Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers
Alberta Printmakers (Calgary)
Emmedia (Calgary)
Film and Video Arts Society (Edmonton)
Harcourt House Arts Centre (Edmonton)
Latitude 53 (Edmonton)
Quickdraw Animation Society (Calgary)
SNAP (Edmonton)
Stride (Calgary)
The New Gallery (Calgary)
Trap\door (Lethbridge)
TRUCK (Calgary)
Untitled Art Society (Calgary)
VASA Visual Arts Studio Assoc. (St. Albert)

British Columbia
Access (Vancouver)
Alternator (Kelowna)
Artspeak (Vancouver)
Dundarave Print Workshop (Vancouver)
Gallery Gachet (Vancouver)
Gallery Vertigo (Vernon)
Grunt Gallery (Vancouver)
UNIT/PITT Projects (Vancouver)
Intermission Artists Society (Vancouver)
Kootenay School of Writing (Vancouver)
Malaspina Printmakers’ Society (Vancouver)
Ministry of Casual Living (Victoria)
Open Space (Victoria
Or Gallery (Vancouver)
VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver)
Western Front (Vancouver)
Xchanges Artists’ Gallery & Studios (Victoria)

aceartinc. (Winnipeg)
Martha Street Studio (Winnipeg)
MAWA (Winnipeg)
PLATFORM Gallery (Winnipeg)
Urban Shaman (Winnipeg)
Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Winnipeg)

New Brunswick
Atelier d’estampe Imago (Moncton)
Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton)
Gallery Connexion (Fredericton)
Struts Gallery / Faucet Media Arts Centre (Sackville)
Third Space Gallery / Galerie Tiers-Espace (Saint John)

Newfoundland and Labrador
Eastern Edge (St. John’s)
St. Michael’s Printshop (St. John’s)

Northwest Territories
Open Sky Creative Society (Fort Simpson, NT)
YKARCC (Yellowknife, NT)

Nova Scotia
ARTsPLACE (Annapolis Royal)
Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax)
Eyelevelgallery (Halifax)
Khyber ICA (Halifax)

A Space (Toronto)
Alucine (Toronto)
Art Metropole (Toronto)
Artcite Inc. (Windsor)
Artengine (Ottawa)
Artspace (Peterborough)
CAFKA (Kitchener)
CARFAC Ontario (Toronto)
Charles Street Video (Toronto)
Definitely Superior (Thunder Bay)
Ed Video Media Arts Centre (Guelph)
Fado Performance Inc. (Toronto)
Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury)
Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa)
Gallery 101. Galerie 101 (Ottawa)
Gallery 1313 (Toronto)
Gallery 44 (Toronto)
Gallery 96 (Stratford)
Gallery TPW (Toronto)
Hamilton Artists Inc. (Hamilton)
House of Toast Film & Video Collectives (Windsor)
Images Festival (Toronto)
Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO) (Ottawa)
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) (Toronto)
Mercer Union, Toronto (Toronto)
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (Kingston)
Niagara Artists’ Company (St. Catharines)
Open Studio (Toronto)
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (Toronto)
SAW Video Association (Ottawa)
South Asian Visual Arts Collective (SAVAC) (Toronto)
The Forest City Gallery (London)
Voix Visuelle (Ottawa)
WARC Gallery (Toronto)
White Water Gallery (North Bay)
YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto)

Prince Edward Island
Island Media Arts Co-operative (Charlottetown)

3e Impérial (Granby)
Action Art Actuel (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)
AdMare (Cap-aux-Meules (Îles-de-la-Madeleine)
Agence Topo (Montréal)
Artexte (Montréal)
Articule (Montréal)
Atelier Circulaire (Montréal)
Atelier de l’Il (Val-David)
Atelier Presse-Papier (Trois-Rivières)
Atelier Silex (Trois-Rivières)
Ateliers Graff (Montréal)
Avatar (Québec)
AXENÉO7 (Gatineau)
Caravansérail (Rimouski)
Circa (Montréal)
Clark (Montréal)
Collectif Regart (Lévis)
DAÏMÕN (Gatineau)
DARE-DARE (Montréal)
Dazibao (Montréal)
Diagonale (Montréal)
Engramme (Québec)
Espace F (Matane)
Espace Virtuel (Chicoutimi)
Est-Nord-Est (Saint-Jean-Port-Joli)
Galerie B-312 (Montréal)
Galerie d’art de Matane (Matane)
Galerie Verticale (Laval)
Horace (Sherbrooke)
L’Écart (Rouyn-Noranda)
L’Œil de Poisson (Québec)
La Bande vidéo (Québec)
La Centrale (Montréal)
La Chambre blanche (Québec)
Langage Plus (Alma)
Le Lieu (Québec)
Le Lobe (Chicoutimi)
Les Productions Recto-Verso (Québec)
Oboro (Montréal)
Occurrence (Montréal)
Optica (Montréal)
Paraloeil (Rimouski)
Perte de Signal
Praxis Art Actuel (Sainte-Thérèse)
Sagamie (Alma)
Séquence (Chicoutimi)
Skol (Montréal)
Studio XX (Montréal)
Vaste et Vague (Carleton)
Vidéographe Inc. (Montréal)
Vox (Montréal)
Vu (Québec)
Zocalo (Longueuil)

AKA Gallery (Saskatoon)
Neutral Ground (Regina)
Sâkêwêwak (Regina)
Tribe (Saskatoon)
PAVED Arts (Saskatoon)

ODD Gallery/Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (Dawson City, YT)