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History & Mandate

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.

Launched in 1982, Neutral Ground was formed to advance the artistic concerns of professional Canadian artists with an emphasis on contributing to a context for new and experimental artworks and ideas shaped by social forces and currencies in the art world.

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

Vision & 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

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.