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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.


Notable Partnerships

Notable partners include New Dance Horizons, Queer City Cinema, Curtain Razors, LIVE in Vancouver, 7 a* 11 d in Toronto, RIAP and Le Lieu in Quebec City and for new media, Videographe in Montreal.

Neutral Ground also supports projects in Second Life at the Odyssey SIM.




Exhibition history; Under Construction

A list of gallery highlights or accomplishments include projects by the following;

General Idea
Marie Chouinard
Elizabeth Chitty
Bruce Elder
Vera Frankel
Clive Robertson
Roger Lee
Steve Peterson
Michael Francis
Alan Brandoli
Susan Brandoli
David Johnson
Ryan Arnott
Roger Lee
Rhonda Euteneier
Hester Reeve
Lisa Steel
Michael Snow
Monty Cantsin
Janet Cardiff
Animal Slaves
Chi Whiz
David McLean
Diana Thorneycroft
Kim Tomczak
Tom Sherman
Werner Herterich
Diane Torr
Nida Home Doherty
Tanya Mars
Richard Kerr
Frank Petric
Shauna Beharry
George Bures Miller
Andy Fabo
James Tumblin
Emily Givner
Goji Hamada
Nikki Forest
Diana Thornycroft
Mary Longman
Freda Guttman
Wendy Geller
Theresa Marshall
Bob Boyer
Barbara Sternberg
Mike Hoolboom
Ho Tam
Gary Varro
Ellen Moffat
Kim Sawchuk
Robert Prenovault
Yoko Takashima
Mary Kavanaugh
Sheila Orr
Sherry Farrell Racette
Shauna Dempsey
Lorri Millan
Michael Toppings
Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew
Bill Burns
Sakewewak Artistsí Collective
Guillermo Gomez-Pena
Roberto Sifuentes
Jan Seibel
Eileen Lampert
Edward Poitras
Richard Martel
Edgar Heap of Birds
Lorena Wolffer
Ken Gregory
SUTURE
Valerie LaMontagne
Steve Heimbecker
Lori Blondeau
Lori Weidenhammer
Michele Sereda
Julie Andree T.
KIT
Battery Operated
Ed Pien
Christine Shaw
Max Streicker
Marla Hlady
Deirdre Logue
Eduardo Aquino
Karen Shanski
Garnet Hertz
ISEA Cartographies
Bridges II
Dr. Sheila Petty
Paul Couillard
Jocelyn Robert
Henri Eric Hernandez
Boris Nieslony
Pierre Beaudoin
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Art Engine
Paul Wong
Jillian Mcdonald
Joanne Bristol
David Hoffos
COCOSOLIDCITI
Boris Nieslony
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Paul Wong
LIVE Biennale 2003,05,07
Garnet Hertz
David Rokeby
Istvan Kantor
Michael Stecky
Jennifer Hamilton
Charlie Fox
Dr. Mark Rudolph
BRIDGES II, Banff
Sandee Moore
Daniel Barrow
Robert Daniel Pytlyk
Peter Horvath
Robert Saucier
Marc Fournel
Katherine Liberovskaya
Phill Niblock
Adam Hoyle
Nathalie Bookchin
Adam Hyde
Jen Southern
Mark Teuters
Sarah Cook
Andre Stitt
Guy van Belle
Ingrid Bachman
Patrick Traer
Queer City Cinema
One Night Only
Robin Poitras
John Noestheden
Nafus Ramirez Figueroa
Irene Loughlin
Peter Courtemanche
Michael Waterman
Alexandra Dementieva
Shelley Miller
Laura Kavanaugh
Ian Birse
Holly Fay
Zero One, San Jose
Kenji Siratori
Nicholas Stedman
Interactive Screens, Banff
Rob Bos
Mike Patten
Carrie Gates
Jon Vaughn
Jeff Morton
Dorkbot Regina
Dr.Andrew Burrell
Jen Delos Reyes
Gordon Monahan
Adam Lark
Dan Brault
Ryan Hill
Thomas Couzinier
Meagan Mormon
Rober Racine
Chiyoko Szlavnics
G. Douglas Barrett
Denys Blacker
Don Ritter
Kim Cascone
Kristi Allik
Jirayu Uttaranakorn
Bas Jan Ader
Adam Nash
John McCormick
Crystal Mowry
Barbara Meneley
Jeremy Drummond
Jocelyn Philibert
Robert Hengeveld
Bruce laBruce
Patrick Bergeron
James Luna
Brendan Fernandes



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.