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Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre presents contemporary visual and media art. Located on Treaty 4 Territory/Regina, we connect audiences to the work of emerging and mid-career artists primarily from Saskatchewan and Canada.

Mission:
  • To provide a professional venue for exhibitions and presentations
  • To facilitate meaningful experiences with art
  • To engage our audiences in critical dialogues
Neutral Ground serves a wide community that includes:
  • Our members
  • Artists
  • Arts communities in Regina and beyond
  • The National Network of Artist Run Centres including affiliated advocacy groups such as ARCA and PARCA
  • Broader publics
Neutral Ground engages audiences with contemporary art through:
  • Programming that includes exhibitions, performances, and special events
  • Outreach that includes artist talks, workshops, exhibition catalogues, and critical writing

Images 1-3: Nida Home Doherty, “Neutral Ground,” floating installation and performance in Wascana Lake, SK. (1982).

Vision and Values

Neutral Ground is dedicated to the core principles of artist-run culture. We are:
  • Member-driven and artist-responsive
  • Committed to emerging artists and experimental art practices
  • Professional in all our dealings with artists, contractors, staff, and the public
  • Committed to equitable hiring and programming that reflects diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Accountable for the use of public funds
  • Vital members of Regina’s art community who foster greater understanding and appreciation of the arts within the broader public

History

Neutral Ground was incorporated in 1982 by a group of artists and educators from diverse artistic disciplines. They held the shared goals of developing awareness and opportunities for both artists and the general public to engage in emerging, innovative, experimental and hybrid (visual) art practices. Neutral Ground’s Articles of Incorporation outline a broad and inclusive field of activity including:

  • providing a forum for the production, exhibition, and presentation of experimental art practices from across the visual and media arts;
  • encouraging collaboration and dialogue for the exchange of ideas, information, and resources;
  • stimulating innovation in artistic expression;
  • providing a higher profile for artist working in experimental and interdisciplinary art forms.

These goals, outlined in Neutral Ground’s original articles of incorporation, are still relevant and central to the programming and outreach that Neutral Ground provides to surrounding communities. 

Neutral Ground is a member-driven artist-run-centre, governed by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are practicing artists and arts professionals. Since the 1980’s Neutral Ground has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the City of Regina.

Over the past thirty-five years Neutral Ground’s programming, including the SOIL Media Art & Technology project which ran from 1996-2015, has presented a wide range of artists and media. This programming has included experimental two-dimensional and installation-based works, works in electronic arts, video, performance, sound art, and new music. The organization has long-held partnerships with local arts organizations including Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists’ Collective, Dorkbot, Holophon Audio Arts, Curtain Razors, New Dance Horizons, Queer City Cinema/Performatorium, the Dunlop Art Gallery and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, as well as with national organizations like the 7a&11d performance festival in Toronto. Over its history, Neutral Ground has worked with countless curators, programmers, and artists of diverse backgrounds and art practices.

In early 2018 the organization relocated from it’s long-term, second-story location to a newly renovated, accessible, street-level gallery space. Located on a busy pedestrian-only street in the heart of Regina’s downtown, this new location is highly visible to a broad public and has hosted growing audiences for opening receptions, workshops, partnership events and artist talks since its inaugural opening in April 2018.

Equity & Anti-Oppression Statement

Neutral Ground recognizes that many people face systemic forms of oppression due to intersecting imbalances of power. We strive to address this imbalance through representation of diverse identities within Neutral Ground’s programming. Neutral Ground is committed to promoting, exhibiting and presenting the work of systemically underrepresented artists regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, colour, sex, age or physical or mental disability, or any intersections of these identities (as outlined in Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.)

Neutral Ground is a values-driven organization that strives to create and sustain a healthy and safe environment for staff, members, exhibiting artists and visitors. Neutral Ground does not tolerate oppressive behaviours, including (but not limited to) racism, misogyny, homophobia or transphobia. Neutral Ground will not work, or affiliate, with individuals or organizations whose actions conflict with these values.

Excerpt from Neutral Ground Programming and Exhibition Policy.