this town is small is Prince Edward Island’s artist-run centre, established in 2010.
this town is small is a spaceless organization that has developed diverse and supportive partnerships within the community to provide opportunities for artists and make connections with the public. It operates from an office space in The Vessel in Charlottetown, PEI and it presents exhibitions, residencies, workshops, artist talks, and panel discussions with partnering venues across Prince Edward Island.
What is an artist-run centre?
Artist-run centres are galleries and/or art spaces that are initiated by artists, for artists, and that started as a movement in Canada in the 1960s. Artist-run centres typically follow a not-for-profit organizational model, de-emphasizing the sale of artworks and supporting professional opportunities for visual artists in the creation, presentation, and dissemination of their work, especially emerging artists and artists with unconventional/experimental practices. There are over 180 artist-run centres located across Canada today, each with its own unique vision and structure to support the communities they operate within.
this town is small is a leader of contemporary art creation, presentation and events; we advocate on behalf of and create opportunities for contemporary artists on PEI where we promote and develop a public understanding of contemporary art.
To foster sustainability for contemporary arts practice on PEI, encouraging communication and collaboration among members of the artistic community and with the community at large.
Our Partners and Community Collaborators
Art in the Open
Charlottetown Farmer’s Market
City of Charlottetown
Confederation Centre Art Gallery
Copper Bottom Brewing
Eptek Art and Culture Centre
Fédération Culturelle de l’Î.-P.-É.
Holman Grand Hotel
PEI Crafts Council
Receiver Coffee Co.
University of Prince Edward Island
Upstreet Craft Brewing
National Arts Organizations
Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC)
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA)
Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA)
Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)
this town is small is a member of ATLANTIS: the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic and CARFAC Maritimes
this town is small is funded by Innovation PEI through the PEI Culture Action Plan