Mandate

Mandate

A Space Gallery is committed to critical engagement through the presentation of interdisciplinary programs including exhibitions, performances, screenings, collaborations, and discussions. Central to the gallery's artistic direction is an exploration of the ways that art can contribute to social justice and to greater awareness of cultural similarities, differences and specificities. We are open to local and international proposals from individual artists as well as curatorial propositions, thematic interests, and research trajectories. A Space brings together artists, curators, writers, academics, students and activists whose works transgress disciplinary boundaries. 

 

History

A Space Gallery has had a significant role in the evolution of contemporary art in Canada. A Space began as an alternative commercial gallery three years before the centre's not-for-profit incorporation in January 1971. Known as an innovative space dedicated to exploring current ideas in art, A Space was 'the' place for alternative music, dance, video, installation, and performance through the 70s. A Space has been a leader in the development of policies such as the payment of standard artist fees (1982), anti-censorship (1984), anti-racism (1985) and access (1993). More recently we have been recognized as a national leader in both experimental and politicized multidisciplinary art practices.


Land

We acknowledge that we operate on the sacred territorial land of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe, Metis, Huron-Wendat, and Mississauga of New Credit First Nation. We want to honour this land's original peoples, and we ask ourselves and others to think about the past and present day realities of these communities and to holistically question colonial practices that disrupt connections to families, homes, and the earth.