Artistic Expression

The Issue

Artistic expression is currently being endangered by the fragmentation of society into increasingly inward-focused social groupings that reject alternative perspectives and questions to their taken-for-granted reality. 

Why It Matters

Artistic expression has been a principal way in which the most important aspects of our common humanity have come to be understood and communicated. 

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression engages the public in dialogue about the importance of artistic expression and supports artists when there are attempts to restrict or suppress their work. The Centre is particularly interested in how social media contributes to the fragmentation of society and the chilling of artistic expression.

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BPC Bulletins: BPC Bulletins: Mike Ward

January 18, 2019 - In Montreal, the Quebec Court of Appeal is hearing Mike Ward’s appeal of a decision of Quebec’s human rights tribunal.

Past Event: CFE Film Series: Citizenfour


United States – Laura Poitras

Past Event: CFE Film Series: Mapantsula

Director: Oliver Schmitz

Podcast: Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation has been described both as theft of traditional knowledge, intellectual property, cultural expressions or artifacts, and as an inevitable part of the artistic process.

Blog Post: Can we please keep the speculative fiction out of censorship discussions?

What is and what isn’t censorship? It’s hard for me to believe this discussion is even necessary at this particular moment in history. 

By John Degen