Eli Bornowsky “Walking, Square, Cylinder, Plane,” 2010. Exhibition view at the Western Front Society, Vancouver. Courtesy the Western Front Society
The Western Front Society is a contemporary arts center in Vancouver, Canada. Initiated by a group of eight artists in 1973, the Western Front has become recognized as an important site of cultural production, encouraging new and emerging artistic activity.
The center is mandated to “facilitate the creation of art which stimulates ideas and public discourse in the broader cultural ecology.” By working closely with artists at critical points in their careers, the Western Front assists in developing their individual practices and situates these practices within regional and international contexts.
Currently, the Western Front is home to a public gallery, live music program, and a research and production residency. Annually, the gallery produces five unique exhibitions and one public realm work; it also hosts talks, lectures, performances, and screenings. The music program generates concerts, new compositions with artists, and public workshops. Each year, the Western Front supports at least three residents, as they develop research and produce new works. With an extensive audio and video archive, the Western Front is actively preserving and digitizing this historic resource, which contains early works by artists such as Robert Filliou, General Idea, Mona Hatoum, and Janet Cardiff.