Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries Presented: HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS BY WORKING WITH ARTISTS
Posted On March 12, 2021
On Thursday, March 11, 2021, Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries hosted the workshop HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS BY WORKING WITH ARTISTS. We were thrilled that we could present our innovative and incomparable professional development workshop to your screens, where you can learn safely from home!
HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS BY WORKING WITH ARTISTS
Galleries are not able to exist without artists. Collecting is a direct way that galleries can support artists. It is a commitment to maintaining a work to industry standards, and it allows for the work to circulate in permanent collection exhibitions or on loan to other institutions. It is a way for it to be made available to researchers, and it is held in trust for the public and becomes a part of the community’s cultural heritage. However, it is widely known that the financial limitations of Canadian galleries impact their collecting practices. Galleries largely depend on donations for acquisitions into their collections, which favours art collectors over artists.
Many gallery and museum collections become disconnected with not only their exhibitions and programming but also with the communities they serve. Acquisitions from only art collectors create a bias within the institutions and contributes to the systematic exclusion of marginalized groups in the sector. To diversify their collections, galleries will need to look towards other methods for building their collections. This workshop will look at how galleries can work with artists to strengthen their collection, offer alternative methods for collecting, and discuss the issue of donations from collectors versus artists.
Sessions included: Contingent Propositions for Permanent Collections Alternate Methods of CollectingCollectors and Artists in Conversation Discussions on: Straight Gifts, CCPERB, and the Artistic Economy Q & A’s
Moderator: Emily Mckibbon – Associate Director/Senior Curator, MacLaren Art Centred
Presenters: Georgiana Uhlyarik – Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art and Co-lead of the Indigenous and Canadian Art Department, Art Gallery of Ontario Kenneth Montague – Art Collector and the Founder/Director of Wedge Curatorial Project Emilie Croning – Curator, Wedge Curatorial Projects Suzanne Carte – Senior Curator, Art Gallery of Burlington Crystal Mowry – Senior Curator, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Heather Young – Principal, Young Associates Dr. Laurie Dalton – CCPERB Representatives of Collecting Institutions, and Director/Curator, Acadia University Art Gallery Christian Bernard Singer, Artist
VENUE LOCATION: Zoom
GOG gratefully acknowledges the funding contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galeries marked its 50 year as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 270 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.