Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum
Neutral Ground strives to cultivate a forum for artists to develop professional opportunities and engagement with their audiences. Exhibitions and programs are highly responsive to the fluid transformations of artistic practices as they are shaped by social, political and economic forces in the context of currencies in the art
world. The gallery fosters the emergence of new artistic genres and voices; historical, interpretive and essential critical dialogue,
and research towards shaping the role of the artist in society.
Neutral Ground is an art gallery that creates, presents and curates original visual and media art projects and facilitates developmental opportunities for artists. Launched as a floating space in 1982, Neutral Ground was formed to engage with the artistic concerns of professional Canadian and Regina-based artists with an emphasis on contributing to a context for new or experimental processes and the development of new genres. The centre accomplishes its artistic goals through programs that include gallery exhibitions, screenings, performances, residencies, commissions, creation/production projects, a new music concert series, internships and publishing projects. Its chief mission is to engage audiences with new modes of artistic production, support and education.
In addition to the payment of artist fees at rates established by CAR/FAC, Neutral Ground looks for innovative ways to compensate artists financially and to create or support opportunities for them to be paid for their work or to develop their practice. These mechanisms include paid internships and residencies, funding commission programs, the sale of art works, the production of exhibition catalogues and other print materials, the maintenance of an online presence, touring opportunities, contract paid employment, full time employment and other professional supports including reference letters for grants, jobs, awards and University entrance, the sale of merchandise and multiples, and, in conjunction with their exhibitions, through subsidized travel and accommodation, per diem, costs associated with the installation and production of their work, staff support, a shipping allowance, and access to equipment and our community of experts.
In its 30 years of operation, Neutral Ground has produced more than 600 exhibitions and performances, registered more than 1,000 members and developed a strong visual arts based organization with a reputation for its stability and resourcefulness, collaboration and innovation. We have worked in support of several Regina-based art organizations and diverse community voices and are committed to our role as a platform for dialogue and education.
Neutral Ground has had performance as part of its regular program since its inception in 1982.
We have worked in various formats to determine the best way to support an ongoing performance program including as a series, in festival format, as a touring program or in response to a thematic premise.
The program has been based on solo performances and installation either off-site or in the gallery space(s). The program is international with an additional objective to develop local artists’ practices. The gallery pays for travel, accommodation, artist fees consistent or above the CAR/FAC levels, promotion, per diem and production.
We accept submissions year round and have formed long standing partnerships with key festivals including LIVE in Vancouver since 2003 where we have supported the inclusion of Saskatchewan-based artist(s) and also since 2002, with Queer City Cinema and their performance programming which is now based out of Neutral Ground as a distinct Festival.
Other partners include New Dance Horizons, Sâkęwęwak, Curtain Razors, also in Regina. Performance Perimeters Symposium was organized in 2005 by the 4 organizations as a survey of inter-arts practices within the discipline of Performance and Visual Art, and is under consideration as a recurring project.
Neutral Ground also supports projects in Second Life, a live concert series and is accessible as a workshop and rehearsal space with equipment on site in its new media lab.
Exhibition history; Under Construction
A list of gallery highlights or accomplishments include projects by the following;
Nida Home Doherty
George Bures Miller
Sherry Farrell Racette
Sakewewak Artists’ Collective
Edgar Heap of Birds
Julie Andree T.
Dr. Sheila Petty
Henri Eric Hernandez
LIVE Biennale 2003,05,07
Dr. Mark Rudolph
BRIDGES II, Banff
Robert Daniel Pytlyk
Guy van Belle
Queer City Cinema
One Night Only
Nafus Ramirez Figueroa
Zero One, San Jose
Interactive Screens, Banff
Jen Delos Reyes
G. Douglas Barrett
Bas Jan Ader
Soil Digital Media Suite, [Suite Media] for short, art made in the lab; cinema without sand bags.
Soil Digital Media Suite is Neutral Ground’s long-term project in new media and exploratory genres that was launched in 1997 as an adjunct gallery program. Soil’s mandate provides access to resources for artists practicing at the intersection of the fine arts and technology. Members represent a broad range of practitioners from visual arts, intermedia, computer science, performance art, music and audio. The lab and gallery facilities support the creation of new projects and towards the creation and development of new artistic genres. Programming both anticipates and responds to the impact of new technologies in the field of communications, politics, economics and the arts to evolve a critical arts practice based in digital and technological means.
New media practitioners can benefit from user group meetings structured on a drop in basis the last Saturday of every month from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
Contact Ryan Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.