PAARC Welcomes New Members 2019 & 2020

The Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres welcomes the addition of Arts AssemblyDuplexRunghThe James Black Gallery, and VALU CO-OP to it’s membership in 2019 and 2020.

Arts Assembly

Arts Assembly is a not for profit community-centric arts organization that emphasizes artistic collaboration. With a focus on social practices and research, we aim to foster relationships between the community and professional artists. We hope to expand the notion of what art can be and do, and provide a high calibre of diverse and inclusive arts programming. For more information please visit Arts Assembly‘s website.


Duplex is an artist run gallery and studio space located in Vancouver, BC on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. In response to the resources, space and conversations regarding contemporary art in the city of Vancouver, Duplex supports emerging artists, experimental projects, and interdisciplinary art practices in the form of exhibitions, performances, screenings, readings, concerts, book launches, etc. Projects are curated and organized by Duplex artists and collaborators. For more information please visit Duplex‘s website.


Rungh is a Canadian multidisciplinary space for creative explorations, featuring work by Indigenous, Black and People of Colour artists. Comprising of a magazine, programming, archive, advocacy and more, Rungh is committed to Canada-wide conversations by and about people of colour. Rungh questions and challenges ideas about diversity in the Canadian cultural landscape. For more information please visit Rungh‘s website.

The James Black Gallery

The James Black Gallery is an artist-run centre operating in Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver, BC located on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The JBG presents exhibitions of local and international artists, provides studio space to members of our collective, and hosts interdisciplinary events. We also run a live-in guest residency program for national and international artists, who are given the opportunity to engage with the public through a solo exhibition of the works produced during their stay. The JBG has been operating collectively since December 2014 and is located in a heritage building (est. 1889). For more information please visit The James Black Gallery‘s website.


VALU CO-OP is democratically operated by artist-members, who are value driven and believe in empowering artists and cultural workers through fair, secure, and flexible employment that supports artists to do what they do best—make art. VALU CO-OP strives to do their work and organizing in an intersectional and anti-oppressive framework that supports their members’ needs, and which contributes meaningfully to their communities. For more information please visit VALU CO-OP‘s website.


For a full list of members please visit Members of PAARC.

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