Organization profile published 1986
Year Published: 1986
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX3027
As an artist-run space, A SPACE's mandate is to display, exhibit and present contemporary art activity in all media to the public in Toronto. While A SPACE has an elected board of directors, accountable to the members, exhibitions and events are also the responsibility of consultative groups drawn from the general membership.
In May 1984, the Ontario Theatres Branch of provincial government confiscated video playback equipment and two tapes which were part of the British/Canadian Video Exhange being hosted by A SPACE. The action was a result of A SPACE's refusal to submit videotapes to the Ontario Censor Board for prior censorship; A SPACE has always opposed censorship, both prior (e.g. by government agencies) and curatorial. In September, the court battle was won, and to meet legal costs the A SPACE Anti-Censorship Trust Fund has been created.
Examples of events at A SPACE November 1984, were Orientations, a videotape by Richard Fung featured lesbian and gay Asians ;Rasheed Araeen's Paki Bastard a performance based on the predicament of Black People in Britain; and Kay Armitage's Speakbody, a film on the contradictions of the abortion experience.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1986.