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La Centrale fonds
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Accounting

The subseries provides information on La Centrale’s financial transactions.

The subseries contains general ledgers, journals, payroll registers, invoices, receipts, bank statements, reconciliation records, tax forms, and correspondence.

Administration

The series provides information on the establishment and evolution of La Centrale from its beginnings in 1973 to the present, including its administrative structure, its objectives and mission, as well as general planning. It also contains information about the Société du 5 avril, of which La Centrale was a member.

The series includes founding documents, meeting minutes, correspondence, interviews, reports, and organizational charts, among other records.

The series is organized into the following sub-series:

P128/A1 History and founding documents
P128/A2 Meetings and committees

Artists and Events - Individual files

The subseries provides information on events organized by the gallery, as well as on participating artists. Events are not limited to exhibitions and performances, but also include conferences, workshops and fundraising activities like street sales and auctions. Artist files document not only the artist’s participation at La Centrale, but also include biographical information and documentation about projects that occurred outside the Gallery.

The subseries contains correspondence, brochures, résumés, exhibition contracts, artist’s statements, photographs, newspaper articles, posters, invitation cards, publications, and other documents.

Artists and events

The series provides information on a wide variety of Quebec, Canadian and international women artists. Most of these artists exhibited at La Centrale or participated in events organized by the gallery. The documentation often goes beyond the events and exhibitions organized by La Centrale and also provides information about the professional development of the artists. The series also includes information related to the preparation of events at La Centrale.

The series contains, but is not limited to, correspondence, brochures, résumés, exhibition contracts, artist’s statements, photographs, newspaper articles, publications, posters, invitation cards, sound recordings, moving images, guest books, and a few objects.

The series is organized into the following subseries:

P128/E1 Artists and Events - Individual files
P128/E2 Photo albums
P128/E3 Guest books
P128/E4 Grant applications - visual files

Communications

The series provides information on La Centrale’s promotion of its activities and the coverage of gallery events and exhibitions in the media.

The series contains communiqués, interviews with artists, printed publicity for events, invitation cards, as well as press releases and press clippings about the gallery and its activities. It also includes correspondence and reference documentation related to printing and distribution of publicity, blank forms in use by La Centrale, and documents related to the gallery’s web-page. The series also contains newsletters, memos and other general correspondence addressed to the members of the gallery.

External relations

The series provides information on the relations between La Centrale and other organizations operating in the art scene, as well as information about the Quebec and Canadian cultural scene. It includes a data bank about art related organizations in Canada, USA and Europe from the early 1990s. The series also contains documents related to the RCAAQ [Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec], of which La Centrale was a member.

The series contains correspondence, reports, brochures, minutes, press clippings, reference documentation and posters.

Facilities Management

The series provides information on changing property resources of La Centrale from 1974 to 2009. It also contains information on the gallery’s equipment.

The series contains plans and descriptions of the gallery’s different locations, photographs of exhibition spaces, lease agreements, insurance policies, and documentation about mobile equipment.

Financial Reports

The subseries provides an overview of La Centrale’s financial situation.

The subseries contains financial statements, annual financial forms submitted to Quebec government, audit reports, and budgets.

Financial records

The series provides an overview of La Centrale’s financial situation from the 1973 to the present. It provides information on funding sources, budget management, and taxes. It includes information on different funding programs, mostly from government agencies

The series consists of accounting records, financial reports and budgets, tax forms, grant applications and related reference documentation, and other records.

The series is organized into the following sub-series:

P128/B1 Accounting
P128/B2 Financial Records
P128/B3 Funding

Funding

The subseries provides information on La Centrale’s funding, including grants, investments, and the organization of fundraising events. The subseries also provides information on funding programs offered by various organizations.

The subseries includes grant applications, reference documentation, correspondence, and final reports to the granting agencies.

Grant applications - visual files

The subseries documents the programming and events organized by La Centrale in form of a neutral presentation. The aim of these visual presentations is to convince granting agencies to provide funding for different projects or for the general functioning of the gallery.

The subseries contains grant applications, photographs, press releases, publications, financial statements and other material.

Guest books

The subseries provides information on the events held at the La Centrale from 1980 to 2003 by means of guestbook entries written by gallery visitors.

The subseries contains 10 guest books.

History and Founding Documents

The subseries provides information on the establishment of La Centrale in 1973. It also contains documentation related to its development .

The subseries includes by-laws, organizational charts, mandates, and other documents related to the functioning of the gallery.

Human Resources

The series provides information on the management of personnel at La Centrale from 1983 to 2011. It informs about different administrative positions, recruitment, volunteering and internships as well as working conditions at the gallery.

The series contains a collective agreement, job descriptions, contracts, CVs, internship reports, guidelines, correspondence, and related documents.

Information about membership

The subseries provides information on the membership and member recruitment at La Centrale.

The subseries contains flyers, membership bylaws and meeting minutes.

La Centrale fonds

  • P128
  • Fonds
  • 1971-2013

The fonds provides information on the administration, programming, and activities of La Centrale. It covers the gallery’s development from its beginnings in 1973 until 2013. The fonds documents the gallery’s history, as well as its role in the Montreal art scene. In addition to events and exhibitions, the fonds includes documentation concerning the Mois de la performance, Viva!, the Mois de la photographie, and HTMlles, and other Montreal-based events. It also contains biographical information on a significant number of artists based around the world.

The fonds contains a wide variety of documents, including but not limited to, meeting minutes, newsletters, reports, press clippings, publications, artists’ CVs, correspondence, photographs, posters and other publicity, programs, audio recordings and moving images, contracts, financial records, and objects.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

P128/A. Administration
P128/B. Financial Records
P128/C. Programming
P128/D. Communications
P128/E. Artists and Events
P128/F. Publications
P128/G. External Relations
P128/H. Facilities Management
P128/I. Legal Affairs
P128/J. Membership
P128/K. Human Resources
P128/L. Surveys

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Legal Affairs

The series provides information on the security management at the gallery.

The series contains police reports.

Meetings and committees

The subseries provides information about committees involved in the administration of the La Centrale.

The subseries includes meeting minutes of the general assembly, the board of directors, and various permanent and ad hoc committees.

Members

The subseries provides information about the members of La Centrale throughout the years.

The subseries contains membership forms, membership applications and lists of members.

Membership

The series provides information on the membership, member recruitment and subscriptions to La Centrale from its beginnings in 1973 to 2007. By giving access to documents kept by various members, the series documents the members’ involvement in the life of the gallery.

The series contains flyers, bylaws, meeting minutes, membership forms, lists, newsletters, posters, correspondence, invitations, newspaper clippings, publications and photographs.

The series is organized into the following subseries:

P128/J1 – Information about membership
P128/J2 – Members
P128/J3 – Members’ documents

Members’ documents

The subseries reflects the role of the gallery’s members as active part of the organization. It presents documents collected by various members, including founding members, from the gallery’s beginnings in 1973 to 1999.
The subseries includes documents donated by :

Celine Boucher
Gail Bourgeois
Sheena Gourlay
Margaret Griffin
Suzanne Harwood
Gail Lauzzana
Pauline Morier
Joanna Nash
Ann Pearson.

The subseries includes newsletters, posters, correspondence, meeting minutes, invitations, newspaper clippings, photographs (mostly contact sheets) and publications.

Photo albums

The subseries documents events held at La Centrale from 1975 to 1999. In addition, it provides information about various Canadian women artists working around 1980.

In addition to slides and prints, the series also includes other graphic material, including posters and invitation cards. It also includes textual material, such as the exhibition catalog for ArtFemme ’75, promotional materials, press clippings, and CVs.

Programming

The series provides information on the exhibition and event programming at the gallery including the selection process.

The series contains exhibition proposals by various artists, including visual material and CVs, as well as selection files and meeting minutes of the Programming committee, including special committees like the Committee of the 25th anniversary. The series also contains the annual programming leaflets.

Publications

The series provides information on the publications produced by La Centrale, including documentation on the publication process.

The series contains publications, working files (correspondence, programs, reports, CVs, drafts and notes) and contracts with the authors, as well as documents related to the Publication committee.

Surveys

The series provides information about surveys conducted by La Centrale, as well as gallery statistics.

The series contains survey forms as well as statistics and reports derived from surveys.