Danielle Tremblay, general director of Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury, is to receive the 2012 Achievement Award from ARCCO (Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario) tonight for her “significant contribution…in the area of advocacy.”
Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario is the province’s first francophone artist-run centre, which Tremblay helped to co-found in 1995. The organization has members across the province, and Tremblay has played a vital role as organizer of and advocate for these members. Recent initiatives have included “fair of alternative art of sudbury,” located at the railway station with performances and installations within train containers, and a research residency with Rebecca Belmore in concert with the Musagetes organization.
Born in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, and raised in Sudbury, Tremblay has had over two decades’ worth of experience with artist-run centres in francophone Ontario. She was a founding member of the Bureau des regroupements d’artistes visuels de l’Ontario (BRAVO), and also of ARCCO in 1999. She also helped to found the Association nationale des groupes d’arts visuels francophones (AGAVF). Tremblay is currently working with the Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS) on “Place des Arts,” a hub in downtown Sudbury that will consolidate eight of the city’s francophone arts organizations.
The award presentation and reception is to take place this evening at 6 p.m. at WARC Gallery in Toronto.