Crash Course in Contemporary Art with Su Ying Strang

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Join Su Ying Strang for this talk on how contemporary art is in relation to, and can support, the essential labour of community building.

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Artist-run Methods for Collaboration and Community Building

Artist and cultural worker Su Ying Strang will present her organizational work in artist-run centres—focusing on her roles as Director of The New Gallery (TNG) and President of the Alberta Association of Artist-run Centres (AAARC). These organizations have embraced many artist-run principles, including criticality, collectivity, and openness to risk over four decades of contemporary art programming and community building across Alberta. These are some of the principles that guide Strang’s commitment to artist-centred and community-forward programming and operations in her work. Strang’s talk will provide a brief overview of the collective efforts that take place in Alberta’s artist-run community to prioritize collaboration and peer mentorship over competition. The talk will then turn to how TNG also reaches beyond the artist-run community, to undertake collaborative work with other organizational models and individuals. Strang will trace the ongoing development of the organization’s public programming after joining the community of Calgary Chinatown in 2013, highlighting another one of TNG’s core principles—being responsible neighbours and members of a community. The overview of this programming will frame how contemporary art is in relation to, and can support, the essential labour of community building.

This talk will happen on Zoom. Registration essential. Only one registration required per device/household.

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