Registration is now closed. If you are still interested in participating in the Gathering, please get in touch with Executive Director, April Britski.
Please note some changes to the schedule have been made on September 18th.
CARFAC welcomes visual artists to our National Gathering in Vancouver on September 27 & 28. Check out this exciting line-up!
* Details subject to change
Friday, September 27
12:00 pm Registration
Vancouver Film School, Animation Campus Theater, 151 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
1:00 pm Conference welcome
Welcome to the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
1:30 pm Protecting Knowledge: Indigenous Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights
How can we enhance and strengthen acknowledgment and respect for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit visual and media art and cultural expressions? What protection measures exist in Canada and abroad, regarding Indigenous intellectual property rights? This presentation, co-presented with Copyright Visual Arts, covers the development of a new toolkit designed to cover the basics of copyright and Traditional Knowledge, addressing cultural appropriation, and respecting cultural protocols.
Presented by Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel
2:30 pm – Presentation of the Tony Urquhart Advocacy Award
This award honours a professional visual artist who has made a significant contribution as an advocate in the Canadian visual arts community.
3:30 pm Blockchain for Visual Artists: The future of digital rights management
In the golden age of content consumption, the Internet doesn’t always serve creators well. As we imagine how the next era of digital interactions will unfold, there are three critical questions: What if creators controlled how their works were used? What if users could easily discover trusted content? What if the exchange of value generated by content was transparent? Join us for a conversation about how innovators are working together to develop a Blockchain project which will put creators at the centre of the emerging digital ecosystem. This discussion is presented in partnership with Access Copyright and Prescient Innovations.
Presented by Roanie Levy and Sapanpreet Singh Narang
Saturday, September 28
9:00 am, Registration
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Rennie Hall (B2160), 520 East 1st Avenue
10:00 am, Greetings and Opening remarks
10:30 am, Alternative Labour Models for Artists
Participants will hear about international examples of collective organizing in the visual arts sector, with a focus on labour unions and cooperatives.
Presented by : Zita Holbourne, Arnaud Hubert, Jonny Sopotiuk, and Lise Soskolne. Moderated by: Renuka Bauri
12:00 pm, Lunch
1:00 pm, Resources for Artists
Learn about resources that are available to artists in the greater Vancouver area and beyond. Join our round-up of experts to hear about what services they have to offer, and new projects they are working on.
Presented by: the Alliance for Arts and Culture, Artists Legal Outreach, Assurart, CARFAC BC, Copyright Visual Arts, IATSE, Rungh Magazine, VanCAF, and Vancity.
2:00 pm, Modifications to the CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Recommended Fee Schedule
Over the last three years, we have been involved in consultation projects with artists and presenting institutions to make changes to our Fee Schedule that will improve labour conditions for artists and other independent cultural workers. Learn all about the changes before they go to a vote at our AGM. Revisions to the Fee Schedule have been developed in partnership with the Independent Media Arts Alliance, and the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference.
Presented by April Britski
3:30 pm, CARFAC National Annual General Meeting
Members gather to elect new members to our National board, review our audited financial statements, and the ratify our Fee Schedule.
8:00 pm, Closing Party
James Black Gallery, 144 E 6th Ave
Join us for an after-party at this unique artist-run collective!
CARFAC National gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Employment and Social Development Canada, the City of Vancouver, CARFAC BC, the Access Copyright Foundation, Assurart, Vancity, BC Federation of Labour, IATSE, Emily Carr University Faculty Association, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the James Black GalleryVancouver Film School, and Copyright Visual Arts.