2011 ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception. Photo credit: Morris Lum

ARCCO Acheivement Award to Gary Hall

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Le Labo – 55, rue Mill, Studio 317 Edifice Cannery, No. 58 –(416) 861-1853

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

Jewell Goodwyn, ARCCO Executive Director (right) presenting ARCCO’s inaugural Achievement Award in Advocacy to Gary Hall (centre), joined by former ARCCO president Derek Liddington.
Photo credit: Morris Lum

“Gary Hall has served the artists and arts organizations of this province for more than three decades. As an administrator, cultural advocate and community leader, he has generously volunteered thousands of hours on boards and committees championing the rights of cultural producers. I have had the privilege of working with Gary Hall since 1983, and I am one of hundreds of arts professionals who have benefited from his mentorship. His in-depth knowledge of the field, his dedication to photography as an art form and his investment in raising the standards of professional practice, coupled with a commitment to excellence in all that he does and supports, makes him an exceptional recipient for this award.”

-Carolyn Bell Farrell, Executive Director, MacLaren Art Centre


Gary Hall
Executive Director, Gallery TPW
As founding Director of the Toronto Photographers Workshop/Gallery TPW, Gary Hall has been devoted to establishing Gallery TPW as a leading artist-run centre in Canada committed to lens and screen-based art. When Gallery TPW initiated programming in 1980, its mandate was to provide support and recognition for photography as an art form in Canada. Gallery TPW has premiered the work of countless Canadian photographers, many of whom now rank among the country’s most celebrated artists. Over the past thirty years, Hall has worked with Canadian artists, curators and writers and helped them produce and promote their exhibitions, publications, national touring projects, international exchanges and online resources.

In addition to his ongoing work with Gallery TPW, Hall has demonstrated his deep commitment to the arts through working with a variety of arts organizations. Throughout his career, he has worked to improve the economic status and the rights of professional artists, and to increase support for artist-run centres, by taking an active role in provincial and national arts organizations. As National Spokesperson for ANNPAC/RACA (1987-1989), Hall represented artist-run centres in Canada on cultural policy issues. As a founding member of the CARFAC Copyright Collective (1988-1989), he helped secure exhibition rights for visual artists within federal legislation. Hall was also a central figure in coordinating the activities of the Friends of Canadian Photography, a nation-wide coalition that prevented the dissolution of the National Film Board Stills Division and led to the creation of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. As president of Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) from 2000 to 2003, he helped to establish ARCCO as an effective provincial arts service organization. As one of ARCCO’s long-time volunteers, Gary Hall continues to assist the organization in carrying out its vision and mandate. Hall has also been active in ArtsBuild Ontario since 2000 working within a province-wide coalition of arts organization to address the capital infrastructure needs of small and mid-size arts organizations throughout Ontario. Currently he is working with other artist-run organizations to establish a modern multi-disciplinary media-arts facility in Toronto that will support the activities of numerous organizations and promote the work of hundreds of media artists. Through his initiative and leadership, Gary Hall has made a significant contribution to the well-being of artists and arts organizations in Ontario.


Bios of the Presenters

Carolyn Bell Farrell
Executive Director, MacLaren Art Centre
Carolyn Bell Farrell is a senior arts professional with over twenty-five years experience in museum and art gallery management. She assumed the position of Executive Director of the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie in 2007, and is currently Chair of the Fine Arts Advisory Committee of Georgian College in Barrie; Vice-President of the Board of Directors of OAAG; and a member of the Advocacy Committee of CAMDO. Prior to working for the MacLaren, she was the Senior Curator of the Koffler Gallery in Toronto for nine years; Adjunct Professor at York University, Department of Visual Arts; and an active member of the City of Toronto’s “Art Committee for Public Places,” responsible for public art on public land. While based in Toronto, Carolyn organized over sixty exhibitions of contemporary art for Ontario galleries and contributed as many essays for exhibition publications between 1991 and 2007. From 1984 to 1998, she also worked extensively with the art-run centres in the region and held positions with Mercer Union (Associate Director/Programme Coordinator, 1984 to 1989), Women’s Art Resource Centre (Acting Director, 1991 to 1993) and Gallery TPW (1998).

Robert Burley
Artist and Program Director of Photography Studies, Ryerson University
Robert is an established artist whose works have been published, exhibited and collected in Canada, the US and Europe. His research and creative practice explore the relationships between nature, architecture and urban landscape through photography, site-specific installations and video. Robert has been a featured artist in Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal (2009) as well as the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto (2008) and he was recently selected for a Senior Mellon Fellowship at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal (2010). In addition, his works have been recently featured in exhibitions at the Chicago Architectural Foundation, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Robert teaches in Photography Studies and was one of the founding faculty in the MA program in Photographic Preservation & Collections Management. Throughout his time at Ryerson he has been active in numerous programming initiatives including the Kodak Lectures, the Ryerson Gallery and the development of collections in both The School of Image Arts and the Ryerson Library. He is currently serving as the Program Director of Photography Studies.

Jane Martin
Senior Canadian Artist
Jane Martin, a senior Canadian artist, is a member of The Red Head Collective. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and abroad. Her work is in many public collections from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to the Memorial University Gallery in Newfoundland; with such galleries as the Winnipeg Art Gallery and The National Gallery of Canada in between.

Jewell Goodwyn
Artist and Executive Director, Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO)
Artist/arts-activist Jewell Goodwyn has been instrumental in inspiring several community-building initiatives designed to bring together and foster the existing networks of artist-run centres across Ontario, and throughout Canada. Jewell Goodwyn is the Executive Director and co-founder of Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO), which formalized in 1999. Goodwyn is also a co-founder of Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCA) which was founded in 2003, and co-founder of the Provincial Arts Service Organization (PASO) Coalition which formed in 2007. Goodwyn is currently a Board Trustee (Vice President) of ARCA.

Derek Liddington
Artist and Instructor at Ontario College of Art and Design

Derek Liddington is a professional artist and curator working in Toronto, Ontario. He holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In his practice forms of mimicry, appropriation and translation are displaced in an attempt to deconstruct contemporary narratives – those close to him call him a pomo. Derek has received project support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the London Community Foundation. In 2011, Derek was shortlisted for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize.



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

ARCCO extends a special thanks to our partners Le Labo, Gallery TPW, Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown, and last but not least ARCCO’s Board and volunteers.

Le Labo
Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown