The Distinct Role of Artist-Run Centres in the Visual Arts Ecology

Marilyn Burgess, Maria De Rosa, MDR Burgess Consultants

Canada Council for the Arts

Artistic Disciplines and Sectors

May 2012


This study identifies the various roles and mandates of artist–run centres (ARCs) as distinct from other visual arts organizations in such areas as public engagement, community arts, critical writing, multidisciplinary activity, cultural diversity and Aboriginal engagement. It documents the current situation of artist-run centres based on existing literature and data, and new information collected from centres via a survey.

The Canada Council commissioned external consultants to conduct this study in December 2010 to inform its understanding of the place of ARCs in the overall visual arts ecology.

Research and Evaluation
Canada Council for the Arts
April 2012