ARCCO Awards Presentation and Reception 2017

2017 ARCCO Awards Presentation and Reception
April 8, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Artists Inc.
155 James Street North, Hamilton ON

ARCCO would like to congratulate all the recipients of 2017 ARCCO Awards:

  • ARCCO Mentorship Award: Bastien Gilbert
  • Emerging Cultural Leader Award: Leila Timmins
  • ARCCO Achievement Award: Susan Gold

ARCCO thanks Hamilton Artists Inc. for generously hosting this years’ ARCCO Awards Presentation and Reception. We hope you all will come join us for this celebration of excellence in Ontario’s artist-run centre community.

Bastien Gilbert, Recipient of the 2017 ARCCO Mentorship Award.

ARCCO Mentorship Award: Bastien Gilbert

Bastien Gilbert was born in 1946 in the Lac-Saint-Jean region. Since 2001, he has been directeur général of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ), which he helped found in 1986. A firm believer in the importance of working together to promote Québec and Canadian culture, Gilbert represents the RCAAQ within the Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres (MAL), for whom he regularly acts as spokesperson. He cofounded the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference / Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCCC/CCCAA) in February 2004. He also cofounded the Canadian Arts Coalition in 2005, an association that campaigns for budget increases for the Canada Council for the Arts. Gilbert serves on the board of directors of several cultural organizations that enhance the recognition of the arts in Québec, including Compétence Culture, ESSE magazine, and the Observatoire de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, a joint committee on workforce training in the cultural sector. He also served on the board of directors of Culture Montréal from 2003 to 2007, and the Canadian Conference of the Arts from 2004 to 2007. Gilbert has been invited to present at international conferences in France, Cuba, Spain, Brazil, and Poland regarding Québec’s network of artist-run centres. His commitment to defend and promote contemporary visual arts and artists has been tireless.


Leila Timmins, Recipient of the 2017 ARCCO Emerging Cultural Leader Award.

Emerging Cultural Leader Award: Leila Timmins

Leila Timmins is a writer and curator based in Toronto. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Toronto with a focus on contemporary Canadian Photography. She is the current Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Gallery 44 | Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto and has held positions at Workman Arts, Gallery TPW, The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, The Images Festival and the Helen and Morris Belkin Gallery. Upcoming curatorial projects include What does one do with such a clairvoyant image co-curated with cheyanne turions and Jayne Wilkinson, with artists Martine Syms, Dana Claxton, Kapwani Kiwanga, Dylan Miner and Tania Willard; and Afterimage, a project with Colin Miner at 8-11 in Toronto. She sits on the board of directors of DACHI, the Education and Community Engagement Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and is a founding member of the EMILIA-AMALIA feminist working group.


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Susan Gold, Recipient of the 2017 ARCCO Achievement Award.

ARCCO Achievement Award: Susan Gold

As Susan Gold herself has said many times, “Artists are central, not peripheral, to social change.”

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Susan Gold is an artist, educator (currently Professor Emeritus of the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts), generous mentor to hundreds of emerging artists and nascent arts groups, passionate cheerleader for contemporary art and culture, and selfless social activist: Susan has dedicated much of her artistic career to inspiring positive change and action through her art. Through her decades-long involvement with Artcite Inc., as a member, volunteer and Board member; the CARFAC Copyright Collective and CARFAC, as Board member and President; the MayWorks Windsor Festival (Susan has been a key organizer of this annual, community-wide celebration, since Windsor’s first Labour Arts festival, in 1998); the Windsor Artists for Social Justice Collective and the Nobel Peace Project (founded, with her partner, artist and activist A.G. Smith); and one ten park: a working space, Susan has also been a tireless campaigner for not just human rights and social justice issues, but for the professional rights of artists as important cultural workers. Susan is also an active, working artist, with an extensive regional and international exhibition record, including a number of creative correspondences and projects with the “who’s who” of the international mail art community.
The 2017 ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception is generously sponsored by Intact Insurance.


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