Oxygen Art Centre

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Place Category: Art Councils & Cultural Centres and Education & Workshops

  • Fundamental to the regional cultural landscape, Oxygen Art Centre is a rural artist-run centre that nurtures contemporary professional practices while engaging the wider community through multi-disciplinary programming. The goals of Oxygen Art Centre are to stimulate the creation, exhibition and discussion of contemporary art in all disciplines, to stimulate rural cultural development and professional practices in rural artists, to engage in community development through art-based projects, to achieve diversity in all programming and to pay nationally recognized fees to all artists. Oxygen Art Centre is Located in South Eastern British Columbia, in the West Kootenays in the town of Nelson. Nelson is a community of 10,000 people that also services around 70,000 people living in remote outlying areas.

    Oxygen is an integral and long-standing cultural hub for artists of all disciplines, (including youth) in the region, providing meaningful professional development opportunities to local artists and bringing artists of national and international repute into our communities to produce new work. Out of 21 artist-run-centres in BC it is one of two in a rural location, and the only one to offer a residency program. Oxygen has played a vital role in creating the vibrant arts sector the region enjoys today and continues to contribute to its rich collective cultural identity and sense of place. The centre is open to all and provides affordable, accessible and in many cases free or by-donation programming and membership. As an artist-run centre, it acts as catalyst and incubator for the development of the arts community and its audience.

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