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)

Friday, September 11
(Chinatown/DTES)

  • 221A

    7–9pm Mime Radio, Benjamin Seror http://t.co/kAE6SPLjQg 221 E Georgia St, Vancouver (map)

  • Access Gallery

    Far Away So Close: Part III ft works by Alana Bartol, Mike Bourscheid & David Semeniuk opens at 8 PM for ! http://t.co/eHzeV2Jno0 222 E. Georgia St. (map)

  • Artspeak

    [ ] Lisa Radon opens 8pm 233 Carrall St Vancouver, BC (map)

  • VanContemporaryArt*

    CAG/SFU presents...Ryan Gander in conversation - @ SFU Fri 11, 4.30pm @PAARC_SWARM https://t.co/Zsc7wULS39 Vancouver, Canada (map)

  • Cineworks

    7-10pm: Lynn Loo / Len Lye: A Liquid, Lateral, Alliterative Elision of Experimental Films http://t.co/1tIuakOrn4 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC, (map)

  • Fillip

    Punk 'til You Punk: Fillip 20 Launch Party at @theProjectSpace http://t.co/PdeUoIKsBG #pogo 305 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC (map)

  • Gallery Gachet

    #gallerygachet In Between! The 8th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show, @6pm 88 East Cordova Street (map)

  • Gam Gallery

    Works by Jeneen Frei Njootli, including a performance with caribou antler, and paintings in the studio by Erik Volet, 7 pm - 1 am 110 E. Hastings St, Vancouver (map)

  • Or Gallery

    Steven Brekelmans "Flesh and Blood" http://t.co/fI8ksFckIQ … #Swarm16fr 555 Hamilton Street (map)

  • Semi-Public

    7–9pm Vancouver Especially, Ken Lum http://t.co/UCyKjVRvOt 271 Union Street, Vancouver (map)

  • SFU Galleries*

    Projections at the Perel // Casey Wei Performance + Projection 8PM + 9:30PM // Cindy Mochizuki Projection 8:30-9:30PM #swarm16

  • Skylight Gallery*

    8 Cameras - Work by Emerging Vancouver Artists" opens at Skylight Gallery Friday September 11th at 7pm! @PAARC_SWARM #photography 163 E Pender St. (map)

  • UNIT/PITT Projects

    Joel Doyle: It's a long from the wishbone to the backbone opens Sept 11 #pitt2055 http://t.co/ulGV2uFbkf 236 E Pender St., Vancouver BC (map)

  • WAAP *

    Nurse your hangover with a talk with Residency for Artists on Hiatus RFAOH Sat, Sept 12 2 PM at @WAAPart! Cool beans, promise 105-1356 Frances St., Van, BC (map)

#swarm16

Twitter

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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. If you haven't already, register 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. If @PAARC_SWARM isn't following your organization or you have not been part of a previous Swarm, email swarm@paarc.ca with a very brief introduction (only listings from accounts @PAARC_SWARM follows will display).
  4. 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.

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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