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Like any big city, Toronto has an urban fabric characterized by the fluctuation of permanence and impermanence. The artist-run centres and other alternative art spaces have followed suit. With urban gentrification on overdrive, it seems as though the life expectancy of these spaces has steadily declined. There are concerns for the viability and sustainability of new ideas and projects for emerging generations of independent art producers and even veterans in the art community. This has encouraged – or, perhaps, forced – the art community to think of the gallery as more concept than physical space or to adopt a nomadic gallery model. In discussions with founders of new or young alternative art spaces, I learned how they are circumventing or coping with present real-estate challenges. I reached out to ma ma, The Loon, Sibling, Beauty Supply, Egret Egress, and Art Spin.

(Suite de l'article dans la version imprimée de Vie des Arts)