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Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum

Vision

Making Art History


Mission

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.


About & History

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 its 31 years of operation, Neutral Ground has produced more than 625 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.


Mandate

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.
  • To operate as a forum for self-determined, independent and professional contemporary art activity in the areas of exhibition, research, creation, and dissemination.

  • To exhibit new and experimental work through a diverse program of visiting artist initiatives and curatorial projects.

  • To contribute to a context for contemporary art on a local and national scale through research, presentation, publishing and archiving.

  • To build audiences and contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual art and culture.

  • To promote the development of diverse artistic voices and art forms.

  • To create opportunities for Regina-based and guest professional artists to engage with their audiences.

  • To create opportunities for professional development for curators, artists, administrators and writers working in contemporary and experimental forms.

  • To achieve and maintain organizational stability and long term sustainability.


Performance Art

Neutral Ground has included 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 including through installation either off-site or in the gallery space(s).

The program is international with an additional objective to connect and develop local artistsí 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 for touring Regina and Sask-based artists.




SOIL Media Art & Technology is Neutral Groundís long-term project in new media art technology. Launched in 1997 as an adjunct gallery program, SOILís mandate provides access to equipment and funding 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 processes.


Dorkbot Regina is Neutral Ground's new media collective in residence. 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, guidewire@gmail.com, for further information.