Struts Gallery is dedicated to facilitating the production and presentation of exceptional contemporary art, to providing public workshops, to hosting public artist talks and lectures, and to promoting the development of Media Arts. Struts achieves these goals through the following programs:
Open Studio is a series of five-week artist residencies that offer a professional artist fee, per diem, travel expenses, accommodation, studio space within the gallery, and access to our media art equipment. Artists are offered the freedom to continue their practice, develop a new project or site-specific work, and are encouraged to creatively engage with the community through talks, workshops, or other artist-initiated events. The Open Studio program aims to develop artists’ practices by supporting experimentation without the pressure to present a resolved body of work.
EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD
Ease on Down the Road is an artist-in-residence program aimed at supporting emerging media artists. Struts pays a stipend for travel and offers mentorship and guidance to two regional emerging artists each year as they experiment and develop new work. The artists stay in our private apartment and have unlimited access to studio space and the centre’s equipment holdings during their residency.
LIVING IS EASY
As an additional benefit to our membership, the Living is Easy program supports professional and artistic development of our members. Through this initiative we offer space and support for regional artists to exhibit their work, lead workshops and presentations, and engage with the public.
STRUTS MEDIA ARTS MICROGRANT
The Struts Media Arts Microgrant is a microgrant open to artists based in Atlantic Canada and supports the creation of new media arts projects (video, audio, XR, film, new media, performance, etc). Successful applicants receive a one-time grant of $2000 and a $2000 in-house production credit (including equipment rental, software use, facilities use, and support and training from Struts staff). Short-term accommodations may be available for recipients upon request.
A collaboration between Galerie Sans Nom and Struts Gallery, FRUIT LOOPS is a mélange of LGBTQ2SIA+ video artworks and filmed performances exploring gender performativity and celebrating masquerade, personas, and other fluid forms of identity.
Faucet Media Centre is a central part of our program, facilitating all forms of Media Arts. We offer members access to our extensive holdings of professional media art equipment ranging from cutting-edge digital to vintage analogue. In addition to our holdings, we are committed to providing guidance, and mentorship through: one-on-one training; media art workshops led by professional artists; the ADHOC workshop series led by the production manager; as well as access to a series of equipment and tech tip tutorials available to stream on YouTube.
A HANDMADE ASSEMBLY
A Handmade Assembly was established in 2011 as an annual program, co-presented with the Owens Art Gallery. The four-day event brings together Canadian and international artists, curators, and others to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, mount exhibitions, and share in the common theme of the handmade. The Assembly interprets the handmade broadly, embracing interdisciplinary and wide-ranging critical inquiry.
The long-running program will come to a close with its 10th and final iteration in the form of a publication exploring these themes through critical texts and artist projects conceived for the printed page. The publication is forthcoming.
In 2020/21, Struts partnered with the Owens Art Gallery to form Umbrella Projects, a new collaborative venture designed to pool our resources, energies, and respective strengths in order to facilitate new, innovative, off-site programming throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Start Gallery is a juried gallery space designated for and run by Mount Allison Fine Arts students. Exhibitions are held during the fall and winter semesters and the gallery is administered by a student co-ordinator. This initiative provides Fine Arts, Art History and Museum & Curatorial Studies students the opportunity for hands-on development of professional practices.