Mustering the verve and warmth of an East Coast kitchen party, The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic hosted the biennial gathering of artist-run centres from across Canada in Charlottetown, in September 2017.
The event brought together artists, administrators, thinkers, curators and the public to consider the flexible, responsive and provisional forms of organization that are increasingly necessary for the sustained evolution of contemporary artist-run culture. Innovative platforms for artistic collaboration were a key focus.
The event will explored and shared ideas around the theme Flotilla, a nautical metaphor that identifies a loose structure—boats and ships of varying dimensions banding together in open water—with a particular resonance in a maritime region characterized by nomadism, temporary location, isolation, and the presence of the sea as a shifting ground and a vehicle for exchange.
“More than 20 artist-run centres and collectives installed projects in vacant storefronts, on the open water and in home spaces, inviting visitors to test-drive their newest programming.
During this decentralized artist-run biennial, arts workers from across the country roamed through a network of loosely-bound satellite projects, embodying the nautical metaphor of a flotilla. Co-hosted by the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference and the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic, Flotilla faced the realities of the Atlantic artist-run sector, focusing on themes of nomadism, isolation, site-specificity and fluidity.” Amanda Shore is a curator and writer currently based in Montreal. canadianart