Swarm is an annual festival of artist run culture organized by the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres. Started by PAARC in 1999 (we know – retro), Swarm began as THE event to mark the start of Vancouver’s artist-run centre programming season.
 
So what’s it all about?
 
Swarm is a multi-night event, that show casing the cities best artist-run initiatives, small space galleries, public projects, artist collectives, etc.
 
http://swarm.paarc.ca/

On Thursday, September 8th, 2011 swarm-goers enjoyed these amazing spaces:
 
Belkin Art Gallery
CAG
Cutty CAG
Grunt Gallery
James Stewart
ON MAIN
Or Gallery
Other Sights
Todd Nickel
Van. Chinese Garden
VIVO Media Arts
Western Front
 
On Friday, September 9th swarm-goers (aka theartmarket.ca crew) spent the night enjoying these great spaces:
 
221A
Access Gallery
ACME Studios
Artspeak
Blim
Cineworks
Fillip
Gallery Gachet
The Gam Gallery
Dynamo 142
Motto Vancouver
New Forms Festival
Other sights
Red Gate
Shudder Gallery
The Storyboard Label
Project Space
UNIT/PITT Projects
 

Getting out to visit artist drivin organizations is not only a great way to show your support for the artists in your community, but also a great way to often find fantastic art at great prices.

Big thanks to everyone who opened up their doors again for Swarm 12!

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