"InFest: INTERNATIONAL ARTIST RUN CULTURE
InFest will be the largest gathering in Canada of representatives
from Artist Run Centres around the world. Spanning five days,
it will include discussion forums, exhibitions, a networking session,
Artist Run Centre presentations, public education programs, and
an assortment of social events. The focus is on exchanging ideas
and strategies to advance artist run culture, generating a sense
of community that transcends national borders, and encouraging
international collaborations. The goal of InFest is to strengthen
the presence of Artist Run Centres within the cultural ecology
and public imagination on both local and global levels.
current international growth of Artist Run Centres is unprecedented.
There is, however, no consensus of what defines an Artist Run
Centre. Structures, funding models, modes of criticism, and curatorial
practices vary according to differing social, cultural and economic
contexts. But central to these initiatives is a stronger role
for the artist in determining culture, and the provision of creative
spaces that add an alternative to established public or private
art institutions. InFest is an event that proposes and expands
notions of what Artist Run Centres can be.
Run Centres from all regions of the world are encouraged to attend
InFest. It is a timely and meaningful opportunity to share our
collective experience and knowledge, as well as to instill a sense
of confidence within this growing cultural activity."