Le Petit Gris : guide de l’édition en art et de la distribution autogérée Campagne électronique bi-mensuelle, du 1er mars au 21 juin 2017

February 28, 2017

The Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation is produced by Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) in collaboration with le Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ). Composed of a series of seven briefs written and developed by artist, critic, cultural worker and art librarian Felicity Tayler, this publication will first be launched through a bi-weekly e-campaign, from March 1st to June 21, 2017. The briefs and reference material will then be available for consultation on ARCA’s website, under the “Grey Guide” menu. A print version and PDF will be available in September 2017.

Following a series of meetings of an ad hoc committee of independent publishers from Québec and Canada, this guide seeks to trigger high-level debate about the role of publishing in artist-run culture. Combining theory with practice, the Grey Guide also offers practical guidance in this complex field, so that a new generation of artists and cultural workers who wish to professionalize may do so, while others may opt to remain resolutely DIY if they so please. Either way, somewhere on the continuum between adopting an entrepreneurial strategy and advocating for sustained public funding, this guide offers insight into the advantages and disadvantages inherent to a diversity of approaches. 

ARCA wishes to thank all meeting participants, the staff at Artexte, Michael Maranda, Olivier Charbonneau, and François Dion for their astute feedback, as well as ARCA’s members for their confidence and ongoing support. This publication has also benefitted from the support of l’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF), the RCAAQ via its program for promotion of publications as well as support for translation from Canadian Heritage. ARCA thanks the Canada Council for the Arts for its core funding. 

To receive the Grey Guide campaign, please subscribe to our mailing list on the ARCA website.

Direction and Introduction: Anne Bertrand
Contributing editor: Felicity Tayler
Graphic design and concept: Annie Lafleur
Translation: Simon Brown, Isabelle Lamarre
Copy editing: Magalie Bouthillier, Ed Janzen

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