The history of Canadian artist-run centres has fostered a strong culture of artist-administrators whose practices often draw from their experience working within institutional structures and systems. This has resulted in the development of hybrid projects that investigate and renegotiate the relationships between artists and institutions. Moderated by Scott Rogers, this panel brings together several of the artists who are presenting as part of the M:ST 4 Event Architecture Series to discuss the ways that they have used administrative strategies to develop their practices.
Interdisciplinary artist Eryn Foster currently lives in Halifax where she is the Director of Eyelevel Gallery and an instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited and performed her work across Canada.
After immigrating to Canada in 1967 John Murchie has earned a living as a librarian, farmer, writer, researcher, curator, cook, baker, and arts administrator. He currently works as the Coordinator for Struts Gallery in Sackville, and has exhibited, published, curated and lectured extensively throughout Canada.
Tomas Jonsson is an artist, writer and curator in Toronto. He was Programming Director at The New Gallery, and a board member of M:ST from 2002-2005. Jonsson is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, with an emphasis on social planning, and recently participated in the Border Cities Kolleg at the Bauhaus Institute in Dessau, Germany, where he developed projects with creative and precarious communities in Tallinn and Helsinki. He will be part of The City of Calgary’s ‘This is my City’ project, and Urbanistika in Tallinn in 2009.