Sept. 10 & 11, 2015

Swarm is a 2-night event that marks the launch of Vancouver's artist-run centre (ARC) programming season with exhibition openings, performances, screenings and special events. Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are collectives and non-profit organizations, run by artists, supporting new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over forty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology in Canada and around the world.

All Swarm events are free and open to the public. Tag your Tweets and Instagrams with #swarm16.

Learn more about ARCs or host a Swarm event.

Opening Receptions

How to add your event...

Thursday, September 10
(Mt Pleasant & beyond)

  • Cineworks

    7-10pm: Lynn Loo / Len Lye: A Liquid, Lateral, Alliterative Elision of Experimental Films http://t.co/FNgJ3zDlIr 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC, (map)

  • gruntgallery

    Save the Date | Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo opens at @gruntgallery on Sept 10 (7-10pm) 350 E. 2nd, Unit 116 (map)

Friday, September 11
(Chinatown/DTES)

#swarm16

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Artist-Run Centres

Artist-run Centres (ARCs) are collectives and non-profit organizations, run by artists, supporting new and innovative practices in the arts. With a rich history that spans over forty years, ARCs have had a significant impact on the cultural ecology in Canada and around the world. Generally, these centres exhibit contemporary art which parallels the larger public institutions and private commercial galleries – offering an alternative to artists in determining how to represent their work. Most of Canada's best known and internationally recognized contemporary artists, curators and cultural practitioners have come out of the artist-run centre movement.

www.arcpost.ca

PAARC Principles

Members of PAARC are collectives and non-profit organizations in British Columbia run by artists that advocate for livable incomes for artists and a commitment to the principle that artists deserve to be paid for their endeavours; stand against censorship and for the rights of artists to organize, work and advocate on their own behalf; and promote the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices, origins and abilities in the arts. Members support these rights as advocates of non-profit, critical, marginal, difficult and transgressive artistic expression.

www.paarc.ca

* Community Partners are non-member artist-run initiatives and other arts organizations such as galleries, museums and community centres who are taking part in the festival in support of artist-run culture.

Be part of this year's Swarm. Just Follow these easy steps:

  1. Register for a Twitter account for your organization using your street address (i.e. 123 main street) as your location, your organization's website as your url, and the full name of your organization as your name.
  2. Follow the PAARC Swarm twitter account: @PAARC_SWARM
  3. Tweet the details about your event with the tag #swarm16th (for Thursday events) or #swarm16fr (for Friday events). Please keep this information simple and to the point. Do not include the date, location, or your organization's name. Do include artists involved, opening time(s), and event titles.
  4. Organizations not part of a previous Swarm should email swarm@paarc.ca with a very brief introduction (we need to follow your Twitter account in return).

That's it! You are now part of Swarm and your information will be added to the Swarm website as sent. Note that only your most recent tweet with the above tags will be used to display the information about your event. To update information about your event, simply send a new tweet with one of the above tags.

To add more general comments about Swarm, simply add #swarm16 to your tweets. General comments are open to everyone, and will be added to Swarm website automatically.

For help with Twitter see http://help.twitter.com.

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