hot buttons.points chauds

ARCCO’s upcoming national conference will address the most pressing issues and concerns facing artist-run centres in Canada.


hot buttons / points chauds
November 7 to 10, 2008
Ottawa, Canada

Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) is pleased to announce hot buttons / points chauds a national conference to be held in Ottawa from Friday, November 7 to Monday, November 10, 2008.

hot buttons / points chauds is a national professional development conference that aims to foster innovation and excellence in artistic practice, public engagement and organizational effectiveness. It builds on ARCCO’s history of creating a forum for lively discussion of the most current issues affecting artist-run centres and their audiences, and grows out of ongoing discussions with the national arts community stemming from ARCCO’s first national conference, Convergence, held in Ottawa in 2002.

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Why hot buttons?

Hot buttons are issues that elicit strong emotional responses or reactions. They are indicators of where change needs to occur most and identify the challenges that artist-run centres face within Canada’s cultural eco-system.

The hot buttons / points chauds conference will provide a stimulating forum that will generate dialogue and debate on critical issues facing artist-run centres in Canada right now, such as:

  • Are artist-run centres (ARC’s) successfully interacting with the younger generation of artists? Do ARC’s serve the needs of newer artistic practices?
  • How do ARC’s most effectively reach out to new audiences, increasing public awareness and appreciation?
  • Is the relevancy of artist-run centres changing in today’s cultural landscape? More importantly, are we adapting to the change?

hot buttons / points chauds will introduce participants to an impressive and diverse range of panelists and keynote speakers who are at the forefront of artist-run culture today. The conference will also provide a rare opportunity for artists, curators and administrators to network at a national level throughout the conference, with break out sessions and a series of evening events, creating the potential for future partnerships and programming exchanges. Following the conference, delegates from the artist-run centres in Canada will be invited to a national meeting with ARCCC-CCCAA.
Who should attend?

Artists, curators, cultural workers, teachers, students, staff and board members of artist-run centres, as well as public and commercial galleries working with contemporary art and artists.

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Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Trillium Foundation


Artisit Run Centres and Collectives Conference - Conférence des collectifs et des centres d'artistes autogérés


Novatel Ontario Association of Art Galleries

St Ambroise



388 Dundas Street
2nd Floor, Suite 205
London, Ontario
N6B 1V7

Jewell Goodwyn
ARCCO Executive Director