HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS BY WORKING WITH ARTISTS

Published 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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

GOG gratefully acknowledges the funding contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, the Department of Canadian Heritage.

ABOUT GOG

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.

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