About Us

The Indefinite Arts Centre is Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization, providing artistic training, creation, and exhibition opportunities for people with developmental, physical, and acquired disabilities.

Every week, 300+ artists come through our 12,000 square foot multimedia studio and gallery space in Calgary. Working alongside talented instructors, our artists are supported and empowered to experience the entire artistic creation process – from conceptualization to exhibition.

This is our story.

Our vision.

Every individual – no matter their disability – who wants to find and express their creativity can do so at the Indefinite Arts Centre.

Our mission.

The Indefinite Arts Centre provides artistic training, creation, and exhibition opportunities for people – of all ages – with developmental disabilities, and shares the power of their creativity by advocating for their inclusion in the contemporary arts locally and abroad.

Our recent successes.

The opening night of Albertan Perspectives in Hong Kong, March 2018.

A global presence: The Indefinite Arts Centre was one of Canada’s first disability arts organizations to tour internationally. In 2018, with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 30 of our artists’ works toured through Hong Kong and Korea as part of the Albertan Perspectives show. In 2019, the Centre will be supported once again by the Canada Council and Global Affairs to send a contingent of Canadian artists living with disabilities and their works to Dubai.

Constant innovation in programming: Guided by our strategic plan, This is Our Moment, Indefinite Arts Centre has made tremendous strides in introducing a broader range of artistic training and creation opportunities that help advance our artists’ practice. Residencies, public art projects, art book publications, exposure to contemporary artists through an Art Atlas initiative are just some of the many programs being rolled out under the direction of Karly Mortimer, formerly of Banff Centre.

CEO JS Ryu as a delegate to the 2018 Americas Cultural Summit.

A voice for Canada’s disability arts: In the past few years, Indefinite Arts Centre has been called upon to provide insights and suggestions on the present and future states of the disability arts movement in Canada. CEO JS Ryu has been a past panelist and delegate to gatherings including the Canadian Arts Summit, the Salzburg Global Seminar, ISPA, and the Americas Cultural Summit. In February 2019, JS was also asked to speak to the Senate Special Committee on the Charitable Sector, showcasing the successes and challenges facing smaller arts organizations serving underserved populations.

Architectural rendering of the National accessArts Centre project. (DIALOG Architects)

Our future: The Indefinite Arts Centre has started the process of designing and planning for North America’s first multidisciplinary arts hub purpose-built for artists and audiences with disabilities. The National accessArts Centre project has currently received seed funding of close to $250,000 to move progress towards the realization of a $20 million state-of-the-art campus – dubbed the “Banff Centre for artists with disabilities.”