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The Women's Art Resource Centre (WARC) was a nonprofit, artist run organization founded in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario with the goal of addressing the effacement of women from art history.
Dedicated to advancing contemporary Canadian women's art practice and recognition, WARC's activities included establishing gallery spaces and organizing exhibitions, public discussions and educational programming, professional development opportunities, conferences, the publication of Matriart magazine (1990-[1999?]), a survey of gender representation at the National Gallery of Canada (“Who Counts and Who’s Counting”), as well as the development of a Curatorial Research Library documenting women artists. WARC was dissolved in 2015.
The material constituting the Women's Art Resource Centre fonds was transferred directly from their storage at 401 Richmond Street West to the Art Gallery of Ontario in July, 2015.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of the Women's Art Resource Centre, 2015
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Scope and content
Fonds consists of material documenting the Women's Art Resource Centre as a gallery and provider of educational programming, facilities, and research resources to support and promote women artists, including photographs, slides, exhibition promotion, workshop flyers, brochures, posters, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and publications.
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System of arrangement
Arranged in 21 series.
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Conditions governing access
Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.
Conditions governing reproduction
Various copyright holders. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of photographs, may still rest with the creator of these items. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds/collection.
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A listing of boxes in this fonds is available on request.
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The WARC artist files collection has been separated from the fonds with the goal of integrating the files into the AGO's artist file collection. They are available to researchers and can be requested by artist name.
For documentation of the Women's Cultural Building, originally maintained by WARC, see the Women's Cultural Building fonds.
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Originally prepared 2018.
Prepared by Alexie Brown.