Mandate and Mission
OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY
As a non-profit cooperative association of Artists:
- To support the development of the visual arts in Calgary
- To promote art education in the community
- Too support the artistic work of members
- To provide for the exhibition of members’ works of art
- To provide for fellowship among the members
- To foster good relationships between the Society and the local community
- To become a model for artist-run cooperative studio galleries in Canada
- To help emerging artists become full-time professional artists
- To provide an accessible, attractive and affordable environment for local artists to produce and exhibit their artwork in an interactive studio gallery.
- In promote arts and culture, to enhance the life of the community.
- To help members develop their artistic careers.
The Calgary Point of Art Society was formed in 1998 by artists who worked out of what was then, “The Point Art Gallery & Studios” to promote and show works of art created by members. The society was a not-for-profit cooperative association of artists incorporated in 1998 under the provisions of The Societies Act.
In 2004, the society assumed control of the gallery and studios complex under a lease from the City of Calgary. At the same time, the name of the Society was changed to “Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society”.
The Society is governed by its by-laws and by policies and procedures which are amended from time to time.
Membership has been expanded to include artists who do not maintain studios at the centre. Currently, about 50 artists from Calgary and area have memberships in the Society.
The gallery and studio complex at 1139-11 Street, SE, consists of two buildings: a renovated residence that houses studios and workshops on three levels, and a large renovated warehouse that contains several studios as well as two galleries and an incubator space/salon on the second floor. The ground floor of the main building has been extensively renovated to establish additional studios, two gallery spaces, and the Society office.
Monthly shows featuring members’ or visiting artists works are held in our two galleries – the Main Gallery and the smaller Red Gallery. An ongoing display of members’ work is maintained in the hallways of the complex. The upstairs incubator space/salon is multi-use and our Foyer/stairwell is sometimes booked for exhibition space of larger works.
A unique feature of our operations is that most of the studios of resident artists are open for viewing. Visitors are invited to tour the studios and to meet with artists and discuss their ongoing work during regular gallery hours.
The Society is supported in part by grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.