Jewell Goodwyn, ARCCO Executive Director (centre) with ARCCO Achievement Award past recipients Danielle Yvette Tremblay (left) and Gary Hall (right).

ARCCO Acheivement Award to Danielle Tremblay

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: WARC Gallery – 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 122 – (416) 977-0097

ARCCO is pleased to be recognizing outstanding excellence in the artist-run centre community in Ontario by presenting its second ARCCO Achievement Award.

This years’ Achievement Award in Advocacy recognizes Danielle Yvette Tremblay, directrice générale of La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury, Ontario, for her ongoing commitment and significant contribution to the well-being of artists and arts organizations in Ontario.

Jewell Goodwyn, ARCCO Executive Director (right) presenting ARCCO’s second Achievement Award in Advocacy to this year’s accolade, Danielle Yvette Tremblay (left). Photo credit: Morris Lum

“Danielle Tremblay has been instrumental in encouraging the growth of Franco-Ontarian visual artist culture which now includes three centres whose lingua franca is French. On a national level, she is a founding member of L’AGAVF, an association of French-speaking arts organizations outside of Québec. Mme. Tremblay is held in high esteem by the various funding agencies for her reasoned, practical commitment to ensuring that artists have a voice and that that voice is heard. As a former president of ARCCO, Mme. Tremblay has been and remains a staunch defender of artists and the artist-run community.”

-Paul Walty, ARCCO Past President and Artist


Danielle Tremblay
directrice générale, La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
Danielle Tremblay was born in Sturgeon Falls, a small Northern Ontario town. She grew up in Sudbury, where as a young adult, she was involved with the emerging artistic community centered around the Coopérative des artistes du Nouvel-Ontario. She quickly became interested in visual arts and developed her artistic practice, mainly as a sculptor.

In 1995, with a small group of Ontario artists, Danielle pioneered the creation of the province’s first francophone artist-run centre, the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO). This was the realization of a long-time dream for a community of artists who, up to that point, had evolved outside the network of artist-run centres. As the organization’s director, Tremblay is attentive to the aspirations of its members who are spread out across the province, and rallies them in unifying projects.

Besides her important contribution to the evolution of contemporary art in french Ontario and to the recognition of its practitioners, Danielle has devoted over 20 years to artists’ associations and contemporary arts organizations in various key roles: as a founding member of the Bureau des regroupements d’artistes visuels de l’Ontario (BRAVO), a representative of the visual arts sector on the board of the Alliance culturelle de l’Ontario in the 1990s, a founding member of ARCCO in 1999, then on the board of directors from 2000 to 2006 and as president for the last three years. During this time, the Association nationale des groupes d’arts visuels francophones (AGAVF) was created, where Danielle was among the founders as the representative for Ontario and a board member for 7 years. Also on a national level Danielle was part of l’AGAVF’s committee working on the creation of a protocol agreement for the development of visual arts in francophone communities in minority situations. Furthermore, Danielle represents the visual arts on the local cultural platform Le Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS) and is presently involved in the creation of La Place des Arts, a building project that will regroup 8 francophone artistic organisations of Sudbury.

To this day, she continues to promote the interests of artists in contemporary arts and to solidify the base of this community to ensure its development and expansion.


Bios of the Presenters:

Paul Walty
Artist and ARCCO Past President
Paul Walty is a Toronto artist who has been active professionally since 1980. His long association with la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), Vaste et Vague (Gaspésie), Le LABO (Toronto) and Voix Visuelle (Ottawa) is indicative of his interest and support of artist-run culture. He is former president of ARCCO, and is currently the president of BRAVO, an association of Franco-Ontarian visual and media artiste of Ontario.

Lise LeBlance
directrice générale, L’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF)
Lise Leblanc has been the Executive Director of AGAVF since 2007. After studying visual arts, French literature and administration, she worked at Theatre Action, a provincial organization promoting franco-ontarian theatre, at L’Interligne publishing house, and art magazine Liaison before moving onto la Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF, a national organization where she worked for 20 years. In charge of touring and then governmental liaisons, she contributed to structuring national francophone-minority organizations for publishing and music industries, and worked on founding AGAVF under the leadership of Liza Fitzgibbons in the 90s.

Lise Beaudry
Director, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
Lise Beaudry is a Franco-Ontarian artist originally from Earlton, a rural town near the Ontario-Québec border. Raised in this northern community, Beaudry comes from a tradition of leisure activities such as fishing (including ice fishing), camping, family gatherings and travelling. Her artistic practice stems from these experiences. In her research, she draws from Michel de Certeau’s studies of popular culture and the inventive daily strategies that “ordinary” people put into place—what he calls an “art of living.” Now residing in Toronto, she is the Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Her photography and video work has been shown across Canada, in the U.S., Romania, Berlin and Arles, France, during Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie. In Canada, she has exhibited in artist-run centres from coast to coast incuding A Space (Toronto), Grunt Gallery (Vancouver), Eastern Edge Gallery (St.John’s), La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury) and AXENÉO7 (Gatineau). She has produced three commissioned film and video works that have been shown in Dublin, Belgium, Yellowknife, New York and Miami. Currently she is a Professor in the Art and Art History program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Marc Audette
Marc Audette studied fine art at the University of Québec in Hull and earned a Masters in Visual Arts from York University. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Gallery 44, Toronto, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie and Digital & Video Art Fair (DiVA), New York. He is a founding member of L’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF), a national arts service organization that represents visual arts groups active in Francophone communities outside the Province of Quebec.

In addition to having taught in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University’s Keele campus, Audette teaches in the Multidisciplinary Studies Department at the Glendon campus, and has been curator of the Glendon Gallery since 2001. He is a member of Le Laboratoire d’Art (Le LABO), a francophone production space in Toronto dedicated to research, production, training and showings in the field of multimedia visual arts. His work can be found in several public and corporate collections including the City of Ottawa, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Gary Hall
Executive Director, Gallery TPW
As Master of Ceremonies
Gary Hall is the founding Director of Gallery TPW, an artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation and critical investigation of contemporary lens and screen-based art. Currently he is also president of the Toronto Media Arts Cluster a collective of artist-run organizations that is building a new centre for media-arts in the heart of Toronto’s arts district.

Throughout his 30-year career he has helped strengthen the network of artist-run centres through his leadership in both regional and national and organizations. In the 1980’s he held several positions within ANNPAC/RACA including National Spokesperson. He was the founding President of ARCCO and a founding member of the CARFAC Copyright Collective. Currently he represents artist-run centres on the Advisory Committee of ArtsBuild Ontario.

In 2011 Gary Hall was the inaugural recipient of the ARCCO Award for Achievement in Advocacy in recognition of his commitment to improving the rights of artists and support for artist-run centres.



ARCCO wishes to thank all of the presenters for their contribution to this years’ ARCCO Achievement Award.

ARCCO extends a special thanks to Linda Abrahams, her staff and the Board of WARC Gallery, to our partners La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and Holiday Inn Express Downtown Toronto, our sponsors Steam Whistle and Cinnamon Girls Café and Catering, and last but not least ARCCO’s Board and volunteers.

Women’s Art Resource Centre – WARC Gallery
Cinnamon Girls Café and Catering
Steam Whistle Brewing Company
Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown

Please visit the following links for articles about Danielle and ARCCO’s Achievement Award Presentation and Reception:
Franco-Ontarian Artist Awarded for Efforts – The Sudbury Star
Sudbury’s Danielle Tremblay to Receive 2012 ARCCO Achievement Award