TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 5:30pm, at the Bloomfield Centre (2786 Agricola Street), free and open to the public
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1466583890237016
Join representatives of some of Halifax’s (semi-)autonomous art spaces for a community discussion of current developments. With the recent eviction of the The Khyber Centre for the Arts and the Roberts Street Social Centre, the relocation of the Eyelevel Gallery, and the precarious future of the Anna Leonowens Gallery, these seem like dark days for the independent visual arts in Halifax. Yet bold new ideas (like Platform Halifax) are being actualized and communities are being mobilized.
Meanwhile, old problems have new faces: the difficulties of sustaining artist-run and autonomous art spaces on the margin of Canada; the relationship of art/space to gentrification; the difficult dance of art, space, politics and policy; the power of money and the powerlessness of its absence; the vexed question of art’s responsibility to community (and community’s responsibility to art); and the state(s) and fate(s) of the arts in an age of austerity.
Speakers (TBA) will deliver brief updates and positions, followed by moderated discussion.