Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are non-profit organizations, run by and for artists, that support new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over thirty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology of Canada and around the world. Generally, these centres exhibit contemporary art that parallels the larger public institutions and private commercial galleries, thereby offering an alternative to artists in determining how their work is represented. The majority of Canada’s internationally-recognized contemporary artists, curators, and cultural practitioners have emerged from the artist-run centre movement. Definition adapted from the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres’ website,

ARCs emerged in the early 1970s in several Canadian cities. These venues, also called parallel galleries, developed as a response to a lack of appropriate exhibition spaces for artists whose priorities were non-commercial, and/or who were not established enough in their careers to be showing in institutional or public galleries. Today a network of over 100 exhibition and production centres spans the country and continues to provide support and invaluable exposure opportunities for contemporary artists.

Alberta Printmakers (Calgary)
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (Calgary)
Emmedia (Calgary)
Film and Video Arts Society (Edmonton)
Harcourt House Arts Centre (Edmonton)
Latitude 53 (Edmonton)
Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (Calgary)
Quickdraw Animation Society (Calgary)
SNAP (Edmonton)
Stride (Calgary)
The New Gallery (Calgary)
Trap\door (Lethbridge)
TRUCK (Calgary)
Untitled Art Society (Calgary)
VASA Visual Arts Studio Assoc. (St. Albert)

British Columbia
221A (Vancouver)
Access (Vancouver)
Alternator (Kelowna)
Arnica (Kamloops)
Artspeak (Vancouver)
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers’ Society (Vancouver)
Fillip (Vancouver)
Dundarave Print Workshop (Vancouver)
Gam Gallery (Vancouver)
Gallery Gachet (Vancouver)
Gallery Vertigo (Vernon)
Grunt Gallery (Vancouver)
Intermission Artists Society (Vancouver)
Kootenay School of Writing (Vancouver)
Livedspace (Vancouver)
Malaspina Printmakers’ Society (Vancouver)
Ministry of Casual Living (Esquimalt)
On Main Gallery (Vancouver)
Open Space (Victoria)
Or Gallery (Vancouver)
Other Sights For Artists’ Projects Association (Vancouver)
Oxygen Art Centre  (Nelson)
Project Space (Vancouver)
UNIT/PITT Projects (Vancouver)
VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver)
W2 Media (Vancouver)
Western Front (Vancouver)
Xchanges Artists’ Gallery & Studios (Victoria)

aceartinc. (Winnipeg)
Art City Inc. (Winnipeg)
La Maison Des Artistes Visuels Francophones (Winnipeg)
Martha Street Studio (Winnipeg)
MAWA (Winnipeg)
PLATFORM Gallery (Winnipeg)
Urban Shaman (Winnipeg)
Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Winnipeg)
Winnipeg Film Group (Winnipeg)

New Brunswick
Atelier d’estampe Imago (Moncton)
Collectif Taupe (Moncton)
Gallery Connexion (Fredericton)
Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton)
Struts Gallery / Faucet Media Arts Centre (Sackville)
Third Space Gallery / Galerie Tiers-Espace (Saint John)

Newfoundland and Labrador
Eastern Edge (St. John’s)
St. Michael’s Printshop (St. John’s)

Northwest Territories
Open Sky Creative Society (Fort Simpson, NT)
YKARCC (Yellowknife, NT)

Nova Scotia
ARTsPLACE (Annapolis Royal)
Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (Halifax)
Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax)
Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax)
Khyber ICA (Halifax)
La Manivelle (Pointe-de-‘Église)

A Space (Toronto)
Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (Sturgeon Falls)
Alucine (Toronto)
Art Metropole (Toronto)
Artcite Inc. (Windsor)
Artengine (Ottawa)
Artspace (Peterborough)
CAFKA (Kitchener)
CARFAC Ontario (Toronto)
Charles Street Video (Toronto)
Definitely Superior (Thunder Bay)
Ed Video Media Arts Centre (Guelph)
Factory Media Centre (Hamilton)
Fado Performance Inc. (Toronto)
Forest City Gallery (London)
Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury)
Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa)
Gallery 101. Galerie 101 (Ottawa)
Gallery 1313 (Toronto)
Gallery 44 (Toronto)
Gallery 96 (Stratford)
Gallery TPW (Toronto)
Hamilton Artists Inc. (Hamilton)
House of Toast Film & Video Collectives (Windsor)
ImagineNATIVE (Toronto)
Images Festival (Toronto)
Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO) (Ottawa)
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) (Toronto)
Le Centre D’Artistes Voix Visuelle (Ottawa)
Le Laboratoire D’Art – Le Labo Inc (Toronto)
Mercer Union, Toronto (Toronto)
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (Kingston)
Near North Mobile Media Lab (North Bay)
Niagara Artists’ Company (St. Catharines)
Open Studio (Toronto)
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (Toronto)
Red Head Gallery (Toronto)
SAW Video Association (Ottawa)
South Asian Visual Arts Collective (SAVAC) (Toronto)
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Toronto)
Vtape (Toronto)
Voix Visuelle (Ottawa)
WARC Gallery (Toronto)
Whippersnapper Gallery (Toronto)
White Water Gallery (North Bay)
YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto)

Prince Edward Island
Island Media Arts Co-operative (Charlottetown)
This Town Is Small (Charlotteown)

3e Impérial (Granby)
AdMare (L’Étang-du-Nord)
Agence Topo (Montréal)
Arprim (Montréal)
Artexte (Montréal)
Articule (Montréal)
Atelier Circulaire (Montréal)
Atelier de l’Il (Val-David)
Atelier Silex (Trois-Rivières)
Ateliers Graff (Montréal)
Atoll (Victoriaville)
ATSA (Montréal)
Avatar (Québec)
AXENÉO7 (Gatineau)
Caravansérail (Rimouski)
Circa (Montréal)
Centre Bang (Saguenay)
Clark (Montréal)
Collectif Regart (Lévis)
DAÏMÕN (Gatineau)
DARE-DARE (Montréal)
Dazibao (Montréal)
Diagonale (Montréal)
Eastern Bloc (Montréal)
Engramme (Québec)
Espace F (Matane)
Espace Virtuel (Chicoutimi)
Est-Nord-Est (Saint-Jean-Port-Joli)
EXMURO (Québec)
Folie/Culture (Québec)
Galerie B-312 (Montréal)
Galerie d’art de Matane (Matane)
Galerie Verticale (Laval)
Groupe Intervention Vidéo (Montréal)
Horace (Sherbrooke)
L’Écart (Rouyn-Noranda)
L’Œil de Poisson (Québec)
L’Imprimerie (Montéal)
La Bande vidéo (Québec)
La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montréal)
La Chambre blanche (Québec)
Langage Plus (Alma)
Le Lieu (Québec)
Le Lobe (Chicoutimi)
Les Productions Recto-Verso (Québec)
Masion de l’architecture de Québec (MAQ) (Montréal)
Materia (Québec)
Oboro (Montréal)
Occurrence (Montréal)
Optica (Montréal)
PANACHE (Sept-Îles)
Paraloeil (Rimouski)
Perte de Signal (Montréal)
Praxis Art Actuel (Sainte-Thérèse)
Presse-Papier (Trois-Rivières)
PRIM (Montréal)
Regart (Lévis)
Sagamie (Alma)
Séquence (Chicoutimi)
Skol (Montréal)
Sporobole (Sherbrooke)
Studio XX (Montréal)
TouTTouT (Saguenay)
Turbine (Montréal)
Vaste et Vague (Carleton)
Verticale (Laval)
VIVA! Art Action (Montréal)
Vidéo Femmes (Québec)
Vidéographe Inc. (Montréal)
Vox (Montréal)
Vu (Québec)
Zocalo (Longueuil)

AKA Gallery (Saskatoon)
Common Weal Community Arts (Regina)
IPAC (Prince Albert)
Neutral Ground (Regina)
PAVED Arts (Saskatoon)
Sâkêwêwak (Regina)
Sans-Atelier (Saskatoon)
Tribe (Saskatoon)

ODD Gallery/Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (Dawson City, YT)