The Second Story Art Society O/A TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary
Our Story Why We Exist
Artist-run centres (ARCs) are non-profit organizations that support new and innovative practices in the visual and media arts. With a rich history that spans over 40 years, ARCs have played a major role in the development of Canada's cultural ecology by providing frameworks for the production, dissemination, and appreciation of contemporary art outside of a commercial context.
Offering alternative spaces for artists to develop and present their work outside of commercial structures and large public institutions, artist-run centres are central to the development of experimental and emerging practies that push the boundaries of contemporary art. Operating as art galleries, studio collectives, production facilities, archives, publishing houses, and festivals (to name a few) ARCs support and expand contemporary art practices, foster critical discourse, and provide resources to circulate and articulate experimental, critical, and diverse artistic practices, voices, and expressions.
Calgary's largest artist-run centre, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary has facilitated over 500 contemporary art exhibitions since it was founded in 1983, in addition to countless activities and events in support of cultural development and contemporary art appreciation.
Currently, TRUCK hosts 15 exhibitions annually in three venues, the Main Space/Parkade/U-Hall located in the Sunalta community, the TRUCK +15 Window inside Arts Commons, and the travelling CAMPER (Contemporary Art Mobile Public Exhibition Rig). Collaborative programming with other artist-run centres and non-profit organizations extends the reach of our programs and provides accessible and dynamic opportunities for engaging with contemporary art.
Our Impact What We Do
The Second Story Art Society (Operating as TRUCK) is a non-profit artist-run centre dedicated to the development and public presentation of contemporary art. Our goal is to incite dialogue locally, which contributes to the global critical discourse on contemporary art.
TRUCK's primary activities in support of this mission are:
• To present dynamic programming
• To foster innovative artistic practices
• To encourage experimentation
• To engage artists and the public in a discussion about the art form
TRUCK is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art by committing to the following values:
Our Programs How We Do It
TRUCK presents contemporary art programming through three primary venues:
Located at 2009 10 Ave SW in the community of Sunalta, The Main Space hosts six exhibitions per year, in line with TRUCK’s mandate of presenting innovative and diverse projects that foster a dialogue around contemporary art.
Parkade is our 200 sq. ft. black box project space, which features works in progress, temporary pop-up projects, film, and new media works.
U-Hall is TRUCK's community space, open to Calgary based artists and arts organizations on a short term basis.
Located along the busy +15 pedestrian walkway system inside Arts Commons (205 8 Avenue SE), TRUCK's +15 Window features two-month long exhibitions in a storefront style window, and provides artists with an alternative space in which to showcase new experimental work and engage a diverse cross section of Calgary’s public.
A 1975 Dodge Empress motor-home, modified to become a portable public exhibition and project space, CAMPER’s mandate is to investigate the places where art, the road, education, and recreation meet, and to explore these intersections in an inclusive, participation-oriented manner that fosters public engagement and appreciation of contemporary art practices.
Alongside these public programs, TRUCK works collaboratively with other artist-run and non-profit organizations to present screenings, public art installations, and festivals that offer multiple points for engagement with contemporary art accross the city of Calgary.
TRUCK programming is free to attend and open to all.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Stay up-to-date with our ongoing schedule of contemporary art exhibitions and events! Membership gives you a voice and a vote at our Annual General Meeting where organizational decisions are made and discussed.
We always need extra support to ensure our exhibitions and programs can have as much impact as possible. Please email Richelle Bear Hat at firstname.lastname@example.org for current opportunitites.
Visit us & engage in free contemporary art programming at our Main Space/Parkade/U-Hall in Sunalta, the +15 Window inside Arts Commons. See our website for upcoming CAMPER and offsite public programming.
As a non-profit organization, we greatly appreciate donations and support of any size and type! As a registered charity, TRUCK will issue charitable tax receipts for all gifts over $20.00. If you are making a donation and would like to contribute to a specific aspect of TRUCK's programming or operations please indicate at the time of donation.
If you have other types of contributions in mind, please contact the gallery.
Donations, contributions, and memberships may be made online by going to the following link: TRUCK Contemporary Art on Canada Helps
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