AKA Gallery is an artist run centre that facilitates the production, presentation and interpretation of a diversity of contemporary art with an emphasis on innovative artistic practices. Adapting a responsive approach to programming and related activities, AKA aims to be a catalyst for the development and sustainability of a lively and engaged community of artists and audiences. In connecting artists to the community and welcoming them to become involved, we strive to enrich artistic practices and critical discourses on a local, regional and national level. Objectives: * To be a locus for the promotion, production, and presentation of contemporary art in all media, celebrating new and innovative artistic and curatorial practices. * To take a leadership role in the interface between artists and community. * To create multiple and diverse spaces and forums for uninhibited investigation, creative and critical interrogation, experimentation and play. * To be the catalyst for a lively and engaged community by providing a forum for artists at all levels of development to exchange information and ideas on issues related to contemporary art and professional practice. * To advocate for the rights of artists on the local, regional, and national level and to to further support artists rights through the payment of professional artist fees. * To foster dialogues between contemporary artists from diverse cultural/political perspectives and communities without prejudice towards media or content. * To advance community partnerships and collaborate with other arts organizations as a means to enhancing the scope and impact of our programming and dissemination activities. * To serve as a resource facility for local artists and curators and to further develop our facilities in order to best serve the membership and our mandate. AKA evolved from the Shoestring Gallery, initiated in 1971. In 1982 the transition from a member-based visual arts and crafts co-operative to a non-profit artist run centre yielded AKA Gallery. In 1985 AKA moved to the Saskatoon Warehouse Artspace (SWA) where it resided for 20 years with The Photographer’s Gallery and Video Verite, (later to become PAVED Arts), Tribe and Blackflash magazine. AKA has been involved in many important partnerships through SWA, including notably the creation of Video Verite, a major 10 year partnership between AKA and Tribe (a First Nations/Indigenous artist collective) which has since been used as a model by other centres, and High Tech, a successful multi-organizational performance and story-telling festival, after which AKA initiated its ongoing series of performance art projects designed to make performance art a reliably visible element of the local culture. In 2005, the warehouse building that was home to these organizations was sold; SWA was dismantled and 20 Above Holdings Incorporated was formed as the centres began the search for new homes. Since moving to our new street-level location in the heart of Riversdale in late 2005, AKA’s audience has nearly quadrupled, and positive response from members and the public is a constant reminder of the success of this major transition.
Aka Gallery is Saskatoon-based company (Saskatchewan, Canada) with a phone number 3066520044. Our data show that the company is located at the address: 424 20th St W. The company has a web site: www.akagallery.org.
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