The New Gallery fonds
2.72 m of textual records. -- 58 photographs. -- 11 video cassettes
The New Gallery was established in Calgary, Alberta as the Clouds 'n' Water Gallery in 1975. One of Calgary's first artist-run centres, it sought to provide an exhibition space for alternative art, especially photography. An attached coffeehouse also provided a venue for musical and literary performances, eventually evolving into a space for performance art. Clouds 'n' Water, together with The Dandelion Gallery and The Parachute Centre for Cultural Affairs (later Arton's) laid the foundations for an artist-run community in Calgary. Conflict with a neighbouring nightclub in 1980 led to a shift in location to the Neilson Building on Stephen Avenue and a name change to Off Centre Centre. Programming continued to emphasize alternative visual and performance art. In addition to programming, the gallery (under its various guises) devoted considerable time and energy to fostering the artist-run community on both the local and national levels. They supported and collaborated with One Yellow Rabbit, Centre Art Video (now EM/Media), RADIO/RADIO, and were central in the formation of ANNPAC (Association of National Non-Profit Artist Centres). In 1987, Off Centre Centre suffered from significant smoke damage from a fire set to the lawyer's office below them in the Neilson Building. Consequently, they moved to a space shared by Paul Kuhn Gallery and Stride Gallery, and again changed their name to The New Gallery. They moved in 1995 to 110 8th Avenue and again in 1996 to 516 9th Avenue, the original Clouds 'n' Water location. In 2007, The New Gallery relocated to Eau Claire Market. Particularly during the 1990s, The New Gallery emphasized sociopolitical art aimed at provoking critical discourse. Their contribution to the artist-run centre and artists' community continued with their initiation of Mountain: Standard Time performance art festival, and the Artist trading cards program. For further information see The First Ten : 1975-1985 / catalogue coordinator/editor Don Mabie. -- Calgary : Off Centre Centre, 1985; and Silver : 25 Years of Artist-run Culture : The New Gallery's Retrospective Catalogue, 1975-2000. -- Calgary : New Gallery, 2000.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of incorporation documents, bylaws and manuals (1976-2001), minutes (1978-2002), a limited number of annual reports (1975-1999), brief histories (1975-2007), limited records of programming and other activities (1983-2006), press and publications (1975-2007), documents pertaining to The New Gallery's advocacy efforts in the greater artists' community (1978-2005), unaudited financial records (1976-2001), limited records detailing fundraising efforts (1983-2006), grant applications and information (1976-2005), documents regarding the various locations occupied by The New Gallery (1987-2007), records pertaining to staff, specifically Don Mabie and Sandra Vida, the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board (1986-2001), dealings with and information on various affiliated organizations, including but not limited to Dandelion, ANNPAC and EM/Media (1975-2008), an exceptionally limited number of photographs of the gallery [ca. 1987-1996], and video cassettes containing footage of media clips, gallery/exhibition views and performance art (1994-2007).
Source of Acquisition:
Gift of The New Gallery, 2009.
The material is in English.
No restrictions on access.
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.
View finding aid / scanned documents:
Posters and exhibition records still held by The New Gallery.
Further additions expected.
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)