ARCCO e-Bulletin Vol. 13 #1

March 20, 2015

ARCCO Annual General Meeting Day

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Reception to Follow
Location: Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto

Generously hosted by Gallery 1313

Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) invites members province-wide to join us on Tuesday March 24, 2015 for our Annual General Meeting in Toronto. Come join ARCCO’s Board of Directors this year at Gallery 1313 for another informative day of networking and knowledge exchange with your peers in the artist-run community.

This year’s day of events will feature:

  • Our annual members forum and funders forum featuring presentations by the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • An information session for artist-run centres regarding changes to the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)
  • ARCCO’s Annual General Meeting
  • A reception hosted by ARCCO to network with your peers from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. following the event

ARCCO thanks our partner Gallery 1313 for generously hosting this meeting and thanks all the presenters and facilitators who have agreed to participate in this years’ event.

AGM Check List
[ ] PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE – Please RSVP before 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19: | 519-672-7898

[ ] RENEW YOUR ARCCO MEMBERSHIP FOR 2014-2015 – Please bring the membership form and a cheque with you when you register. Please note that Wednesday’s events and the ARCCO AGM will be open to ARCCO members only

[ ] CALL Super 8 Downtown Toronto – Take advantage of ARCCO’s Corporate Rate at Super 8 Downtown Toronto, by calling the front desk and stating that you’re booking with ARCCO

Super 8 Downtown Toronto
222 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
647-426-8118 | re(at)super8downtowntoronto(dot)com
For Rates and Details visit ARCCO’s Website

MEMBERSHIP FEES: July 1, 2014 | ARCCO Membership Fees are due
Please note that fees were due for Full ARCCO Members as of July 1, 2014. Only members in good standing may participate in ARCCO’s Annual General Meeting programming. Renewal information has been circulated to all Full ARCCO Members. Membership renewal forums are available for download on ARCCO’s website

  • Please submit your membership renewal form with payment to the ARCCO Office ASAP
  • Cheques and membership renewal forms will also be accepted at the AGM during registration
  • Cheques must be made payable to ARCCO

*Travel subsidy is provided for Full and Associate Members ONLY. Subsidy is available for one representative per centre, and covers economy long distance travel only. Please save your receipts for actual costs i.e.: gas receipts for travel by car, economy air/train/bus travel and submit to ARCCO by mail after the meeting. Please note that ARCCO cannot reimburse in-town travel (buses, cabs, parking, etc.). The travel subsidy cannot exceed the total travel fund fees collected. ARCCO will aim for 100% reimbursement of eligible travel costs; however, it may be necessary to pro-rate at a lower percentage. Please see the Travel Subsidy Form for more details. The Travel Subsidy Form will be emailed and/or mailed to you. To request a form, please email

ARCCO AGM Day Schedule

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Members Forum, Funders Forum, ARCCO Annual General Meeting and Reception
Location: Gallery 1313 – 1313 Queen Street West – (416) 536-6778

9:30 am – 9:45 am Registration, and Greetings – Josefa Radman, Factory Media Centre and ARCCO President & Jewell Goodwyn, Executive Director
9:45 am – 11:30 am Members Forum
Facilitators: Josefa Radman, Factory Media Centre and ARCCO President & Jewell Goodwyn, Executive Director
11:30 am – 12:30 am Lunch (complements of ARCCO)
1:00 pm – 3:15 pm Funders Forum
Facilitator: Christine Burchnall, Artcite Inc.

Zhe Gu, Visual Arts Officer and Lisa Wöhrle, Associate Visual Arts and Craft Officer
Sanjay Shahani, Strategy Lead, Arts and Culture Sector, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Sylvie Gilbert, Head, Visual Arts Section and François Dion, Program Officer, Visual Arts Section, Canada Council for the Arts

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Presentation: “It’s the Law!” Survival Guide and the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA); what it means for artist run centres and collectives
Presenter: Jerry Smith, First Stage Consulting
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm ARCCO Annual General Meeting
Chair: Josefa Radman, ARCCO President
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Reception

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Announcement | Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion

Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario presents:

Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion
National Conference

Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14, 2015
Ryerson Student Centre | 55 Gould Street Toronto, Ontario

Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) invites you to join us in Toronto on Thursday, November 12 to Saturday November 14, 2015 for our next national conference Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion.

Artists at the Center: Moving from the Margins to Inclusion explores notions of artistic and cultural engagement through a range of perspectives found in both Canada and abroad around forms of advocacy, artistic activisms, modes of engagement, non-spaces and organizational transitions. Over the course of three days, artists, curators, academics, activists and cultural workers will come together through formal presentations and self-directed discussions to reconsider forms of engagement at artist-run centres and public institutions as particular sites of past, present and future relevance.

Please join us at the Ryerson Student Centre to participate in these informative discussions, as well as additional cinq-a-sept activities:

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015: 401 Richmond Street West
  • Friday, November 13, 2015: Bloordale Gallery Tour
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015: Awards Ceremony and Closing Celebration

Early registration begins in May

For further details check

Members Forum | 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This meeting has been specifically struck so that our members can prepare for the Funders Forum.

In preparation for our meeting with representatives from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation, this will be your opportunity to share your concerns with other members and arrange a list of questions and recommendations to share with the funders about items concerning artist-run centres.

Please come prepared with items that you’d like to discuss or put forward for discussion. During this facilitated session, we’ll be creating a speakers list to share your thoughts with representatives of the funding agencies.

This meeting is for ARCCO members who are in good standing only, and will focus on artist-run centre programs in the visual and media arts. Directors, Presidents, Board of Director members, and stakeholders of artist-run organizations are all invited to attend.

Funders Forum | 1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Annually, ARCCO invites representatives from the Canada Council of the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Ontario Trillium Foundation to participate in an information session with our artist-run members.

This important forum will inform you about program changes, new criteria and program initiatives that directly affect artist-run centres and collectives. This forum also gives members an opportunity to collectively share their concerns, and ask pertinent questions regarding the community and the programs supporting the sector.

ARCCO is pleased to have the following program officers confirmed for this presentation, and looks forward to another dynamic exchange with our members:

Ontario Arts Council Zhe Gu, Visual Arts Officer and Lisa Wöhrle, Associate Visual Arts and Craft Officer
Ontario Trillium Foundation Sanjay Shahani, Strategy Lead, Arts and Culture Sector, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Canada Council for the Arts ZSylvie Gilbert, Head, Visual Arts Section and François Dion, Program Officer, Visual Arts Section, Canada Council for the Arts


Presentation: ‘It’s the Law!’ | 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Survival Guide and the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)
Presented by Jerry Smith, First Stage

The legal requirements for not for profits, and charities, are changing. In the near future, every current or new organization operating as a not for profit/charity in the Province of Ontario will be required to address this issue. This presentation with Jerry Smith, Manager of First Stage and President of Arts Consultants Canada will explore and explain the requirements that each artist-run centre or collective must address to ensure that their articles, By-law and policies are up to speed and ready to serve your needs.

ARCCO’s Annual General Meeting | 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Josefa Radman, ARCCO President

1.0 Welcome and Call to Order
1.1 Approval of the Agenda
1.2 Approval of Minutes from January 24, 2014
1.3 Treasurer’s Report
1.4 Appointment of the Auditor
1.5 Proposed By-law Change
1.6 Election of Directors
1.7 Adjournment

Proposed By-law Change

Given that the mandate of ARCCO is to foster the network and support the growth and development of artist directed organizations engaged in contemporary cultural practice, including centres/collectives for the presentation, production, dissemination, service and investigation of contemporary art in a variety of media and multi-disciplinary work, it is important to recognize that the beneficiary of ARCCO’s work is the sector.

However, leadership and resources for ARCCO are to be found among the individuals that make up the sector; while never losing sight of the membership (artist-run centres and collectives), ARCCO can strengthen its approach by amending its By-law and approach to recruitment.

In support of achieving these outcomes, and in compliance to the changes with the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (Bill 85), ARCCO Board of Directors seek the membership’s approval of the attached proposed ARCCO By-laws.


  • With a majority of 5 positions, governance will always be in the hands of the Full Members, artist-run centres and collectives
  • ARCCO will have greater flexibility and more options to recruit from the sector, from the membership (including full and affiliate), from the supporters

Significant Proposed Changes from current ARCCO By-Laws

  • Directors: Election, Composition and Term (pg. 2)
  • Job Description of Board Members (pg. 5 – 6)
  • New Membership Category: Supporters (pg. 8)
  • Language/clauses in previous By-law have been updated to be more current or relevant anticipating the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

New Membership Category: Supporters
Supporters will be individuals who are supportive of ARCCO’s mission, mandate and values, invited to make a donation to ARCCO rather than subscribe to a traditional membership.

New Board Composition
Comprised of 5-7 Board Members, with a minimum of 4 Directors elected from the Full Membership, ARCCO will have greater flexibility and more options to recruit from within sector, from all levels of membership.

  • Including representatives from all levels of membership, empowers ARCCO to recruit directors based on their expertise, when needed (i.e. lawyers, accountants, consultants)
  • Artists or representatives of artist-run collectives or centres who cannot financially afford a Full Membership subscription can now participate as a Director

Report from Nominations Committee
Nominations Chair: Josefa Radman, ARCCO President

The mandate of this years’ committee was to acknowledge ARCCO’s priorities, and consider the skills and representation required to best fill the vacancies and to build a well-balanced and effective board. We consulted with our full members to determine their interest in serving on the Board and came up with our recommendation.

The Nominations Committee presented their recommendations to the Board and the following proposal was accepted by the Board to present to the membership at the AGM.

Current Board Members, continuing their terms:

Josefa Radman, President, Factory Media Centre, Hamilton
Christine Burchnall, Secretary / Treasurer, Artcite Inc., Windsor
Andrea Carvalho, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton
Jenna Faye Powell, Forest City Gallery, London
Kevin Rodgers, Modern Fuel, Kingston

Meet ARCCO’s Newest Board Member: Kevin Rodgers

Kevin Rodgers is currently the Artistic Director at Modern Fuel in Kingston, Ontario. Kevin is a visual artist whose practice draws upon provisional formalism and political philosophy. In 2012, Rodgers received his PhD in Art and Visual Culture from Western University–one of the few programs of its kind in Canada. He is also a 2008 graduate of the master of fine arts program at the University of Guelph. Rodgers has exhibited work widely, including La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montreal), G Gallery (Toronto), goodwater gallery (Toronto), Galerie Tatjana Pieters (Ghent, Belgium), and McIntosh Gallery (London, Ontario). He has collaborated with diverse artists such as Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, Cynthia Girard and Derek Sullivan, as well as curated two exhibitions: THE FOX (2011) and IF DESTROYED… (2010). His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including FUSE, C Magazine, Border Crossings, Artpapers, Millions and Prism of Reality.

Additional Events

Staying in Toronto for more than one day? Here’s what’s happening at Toronto artist-run centres.

Gallery 1313
1313 Queen Street West – (416) 536-6778

that was for this: OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation Program Thesis Exhibition
March 5 – April 12, 2015

OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation Program 2015 in collaboration with Birch Contemporary, Edward Day Gallery, Erin Stump Projects, Gallery 1313, NO FOUNDATION, p/m Gallery and the Robert Kananaj Gallery—is pleased to announce the 2015 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions Series titled that was for this, taking place from February 25 to April 18, 2015. This series of eighteen exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional galleries in Toronto. It has been made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to the Sculpture/Installation Program and of the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund.
Gallery TPW and FADO Performance Art Centre
170 Helens Ave – (416) 645-1066

No Reading After the Internet: in collaboration with cheyanne turions
March 23, 7pm

A salon series dealing with cultural texts, which are read aloud by participants. Participation in No Reading After the Internet is open to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with a text or its author. Texts will be handed out at the salon. Readings will include Amy Sillman’s Notes on the diagram, reworked. Version 2: not-knowing from which this series title is taken.
Performance of Trio A (1966): with Sara Wookey
Project curated and presented by FADO Performance Art Centre
March 24, 7pm

Consisting of a 4½ minute sequence of movements that progress without repetition, phrasing, or emphasis and performed without musical accompaniment, Trio A (1966) is largely considered to be one of the originative works of the postmodern dance movement, as well one of the most influential works in the canon of 20th century dance.

Rainer’s interest in task-based movement, the ephemeral, the un-spectacular, and rethinking the performer-audience relationship are characteristic concerns of both contemporary dance artists and performance artists.

The starting point for this project is the shared conversation between dance and performance artists around the distinctions between repertoire and reenactment, in particular consideration of how these modes of archiving in live art relate to the increasing interest in presenting performance art and choreography in the museum. |
Mercer Union
1286 Bloor Street West – (416)-536-1519

Seraphine, Seraphine: Krista Belle Stewart
13 March 2015 – 25 April 2015

Echoing the excavation of the past in her work, Krista Belle Stewart in Seraphine: Her Own Story (2014) juxtaposes two images; a docu-drama shown on CBC in 1967 portraying the first Aboriginal public health nurse in British Columbia, with excerpts from a personal testimony for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission held in Vancouver in 2013. This two-part video installation weaves between past and present but the subject is the same, the artist’s mother Seraphine Stewart. The disjuncture between the scripted façade of the docu-drama and emotional tales of daily rituals and childhood family trauma in her mother’s testimony, creates a space to explore the gaps between image, subject, voice, the personal and the political.
Challenge for Change / Société Nouvelle: Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen
13 March 2015 – 25 April 2015

Between 1967 and 1980 the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) spearheaded a social activist documentary initiative placing film skills into the hands of the people to tackle poverty, environmental, first nations and women’s issues. Government bureaucrats, documentary filmmakers, community activists and citizens defined a participatory model of filmmaking by putting the media into the ‘hands of the people.’ Positing the potential of a new public voice, film was asserted as the medium of social transformation. Artist Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen has excavated the archives of the NFB, re-presenting the seminal Challenge for Change/Société nouvelle (CFC/SN) program in five selected programs displayed within the gallery. Nguyen re-inserts this utopian project into the present, employing the archive as a toolbox for the future.
401 Richmond Street West

Open Studio
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104 – (416) 504-8238

The Prints of Alanis Obomsawin: Alanis Obomsawin
Guest Curator: France Trépanier
February 27, 2015 – April 04, 2015
Open Studio Gallery

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers. For the past 25 years, she has also worked as an engraver and printmaker, creating an important body of work, which has been exhibited in Canada and Europe. These visual artworks often deal with the same subjects as her films, but on a completely different note. This exhibition will show Alanis’s contrapuntal art practice, revealing a world where memory and dreams evoke the spirit of animals and humans in the context of historical events.
Vestiges: Shawn Reynar
February 27, 2015 – April 04, 2015
Print Sales Gallery

Shawn Reynar’s current work explores the connections between traditional media and how it interfaces with digital technologies specifically aimed at the growing vocabulary of print-based processes. As a springboard for the creation of these abstract works, his research explores the history of mark making and the notion of digitally generated line in relation to medical disorders that affect motor skills required for precision work. There is a great deal of uncertainty with regard to both the etiology and diagnosis that surround these ailments. Motor coordination is an essential element required in our daily activities. As an artist, dexterity and skill are parallel to one’s drive and focus. He is interested in the character and quality of image that comes from these explorations. This is translated and evidenced in the imagery by the peculiarity of mark and line, which connotes both the artists’ struggle and determination; as well as the tension between the seemingly spontaneous, and elements that are composed with control and reticence.

Electronic mediation enabled by newer technologies both shapes and informs my process. Using digital tools as aids, Reynar’s work is built up in layers where linear elements, geometry and symmetry, are embedded and superimposed on open and fluid spaces. While the use of digital applications has become a significant component of his practice, it is important that his own hand can be seen in the work. He is interested in the disjunctive qualities of analogue and digital print processes when they are combined, and the potential point in which they converge and become symbiotic.
Moments In Time: Anne Abbass
February 27, 2015 – April 04, 2015
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery

Moments in Time utilizes the type of spontaneous images made possible by the ubiquity of smartphones. In Abbass’s daily life, she is often on foot and takes the opportunity to notice the day-to-day changes the seasons bring in the lawns and gardens of her neighbourhood. When she sees a flower in bloom, or brightly coloured fall leaves, things that appear so temporarily, she captures these images in their prime, and crops and edits them to highlight their unique beauty. Now a permanent record of the temporary beauty exists; close up, cropped and singled out. Translating the images from a photograph to a print by using the photocopy transfer process gives the images a softer and more delicate quality. Layering and collaging these with linocut images of other foliage, pieces of older prints, and passages of text and maps suggests memories, keepsakes, or pages from a journal. Hand sewing the collages together physically joins the paper while the stitches add colour and texture.
Red Head Gallery
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 115 – (416) 504-5654

At The Root: Sally Thurlow
March 4 – March 28, 2015

Sally Thurlow is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Greater Toronto. Her practice is based in sculpture, installation, photography and painting. For several years she has been exploring the dynamic range of figurative forms using driftwood, and other ephemera collected on her beach walks. This is often complementary to her work with other media. Questioning our cultural and environmental practises are a constant in her work. Currently, she is introducing paints, stains, and manufactured additions to her anthropomorphic figures, creating symbols for re-examination of dominant cultural ideas and re-evaluation of our propensity to judge. In an era of social disintegration and ecological collapse we may reconsider what the latest justifications are to conform. The pre-historic sacred and profane nature of the complex female forms she advances, are a choice for movement into wholeness and integrity. Her dark muses, emotionally charged with deep earthen colours, express anguish, ecstatic energy aborted, war on life forces. The playfully overt sexuality in the new figures lie somewhere between the lyricism of earlier driftwood forms and the dark emotional underworld of root forms.
YYZ Artists Outlet
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 140 – (416) 598-4546

Smithereens: Lisa Neighbour
March 21, 2015 – May 2, 2015

Smithereens is an on-going series of screen prints and drawings that examine what’s left after catastrophic events have passed. Lisa Neighbour is a cyclist and a runner and often notices the shards of glass and car-parts that are scattered everywhere – they are evidence of the frequent collisions that happen in the city. Neighbour has been collecting the pieces, drawing them, and then making prints about the damaged vehicles and their scattered parts.

During her YYreZdency, she is setting up a “drawing generator” consisting of a 4’X8’ white-board platform, a selection of found car-parts, and a supply of black dry-erase markers. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to use the car-parts and markers to create drawings that she will document and then erase. The surface of the platform will be projected onto the gallery wall, and then photographed. During and after the residency, Neighbour will incorporate the resulting imagery into her screen prints and drawings.

Neighbour’s goal is to develop a visual language that can examine traumatic experience in a way that she (and other people as well) will understand and perhaps benefit from. This process involves becoming conscious of, accepting, and then being at peace with the traumatic events that are part of human experience.


ARCCO wishes to thank all of the presenters and facilitators for their contribution to this years’ Annual General Meeting.

ARCCO extends a special thanks to: Phil Anderson, Executive Director, Gallery 1313 and the Gallery 1313 Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers; to our partners Super 8 Downtown Toronto; and last but not least ARCCO’s Board and volunteers.

ARCCO wishes to also thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their participation and representation at this year’s Funders Forum.

ARCCO gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation are arms length agencies of the Government of Ontario. Now in its 50th year, the Ontario Arts Council plays a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. To learn more visit

Gallery 1313
Super 8 Downtown Toronto
Ontario Arts Council
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Canada Council for the Arts


P.O. Box 44026
431 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A 5R0
Jewell Goodwyn
ARCCO Executive Director
Axl T. Ernst
Executive Assistant[at]gmail[dot]com