Forest City Gallery is an artist-run centre founded on artistic autonomy with a commitment to excellence in programming exhibitions and events that reflect and address recent developments in cultural production. FCG serves to foster and support contemporary art, promoting dialogue amongst local, regional, and international arts communities. FCG represents artists of all disciplines and career levels with a focus on emergent artists and practices. FCG was founded in 1973 by a nationally recognized group of London artists and musicians. As one of Canada’s first artist-run centres, FCG became a catalyst for the development of artist-run culture, contributing to the conception of ARCCO (Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario) and CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens). FCG is committed to paying all exhibiting artists and lecturing artists in accordance to CARFAC rates. In doing so, FCG promotes and facilitates the professionalization of visual artists. As the only artist-run centre in London, FCG is an important venue for introducing contemporary artistic practices to Londoners.
In a fortuitous and welcomed coincidence, FCG will be hosting a fundraising party on the evening of March 21st, and we encourage all conference attendees to consider stopping by after the conference. There will be music, art, dancing, food, chats, balloons and fun. This is a nondescript party, celebrating no-anniversaries, nor milestones – the goal of this event is to have a whole lot of fun with our wonderful community and make a little bit of money towards FCG’s operations. To keep things exciting the location of this party will be disclosed closer to the event – this party isn’t being held at FCG. We will have more information for conference attendees in the coming weeks. You can also visit the event’s Facebook Page to stay updated.