Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Museums, galleries, visual arts and heritage

Statistics were presented showing that the percentage of Canadians visiting an art gallery increased substantially, from 19.6% in 1992 to 26.7% in 2005. However, the cost of admission to art galleries was seen by some participants as a barrier to audiences. For some, access means commitment and connection to the community.

How does a nation acquire and display its art collection? Collections policies were discussed at length at the Summit.
In the context of dismal earnings statistics for visual artists, it is not surprising that the issue of the need for artists to make a living was a key theme of the Summit.

Some major themes explored at the Summit include:

  • Artists, Art Practice and the Arts Market
  • Gallery Collections
  • Public Engagemen
  • Education and Visual Literacy
  • Policy, Politics and Funding
The 2007 Visual Arts Summit opened with the announcement that the Canadian Art Museum Directors Association (CAMDO), Canadian Museums Association (CMA), Canadian Artists' Rights/Front de representation des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) and le Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV) had reached an agreement regarding exhibition fees for professional artists.

Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Survey, this report provides provincial information about cultural and heritage activities in 1992 and 2005. In most provinces, as in Canada as a whole, most cultural and heritage activities attracted about the same percentage of the population in 2005 as in 1992. Given the strong population growth in most provinces between 1992 and 2005, almost all cultural and heritage activities saw an increase in the absolute number of provincial residents attending, visiting, reading, watching or listening.

Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Survey, this recent report from Hill Strategies Research provides statistical information about the cultural and heritage activities of Canadians in 2005 as well as changes in these activities between 1992 and 2005.

The most recent survey results from Business for the Arts (formerly The Council for Business and the Arts in Canada) provide insights into the health of non-profit museums and art galleries in 2005-06. In addition, a series of fact sheets examines longer-term trends.

Catalogue no. 87F0002XIE
Statistics Canada's 2005 heritage institutions survey provides broad statistics about non-profit andfor-profit heritage organizations, including art galleries, museums, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens.
This report, prepared by Hill Strategies Research for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, provides a qualitative complement to the quantitative analysis of A Statistical Profile of Art Galleries in Ontario. The report attempts to provide insights into the situation of public art galleries in Ontario. The report allows art galleries to identify similarities and differences in their operations with the 15 galleries that were interviewed for the project.