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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Podcast: Are Arts Funders Starting to Define the Art?

Critics have charged that arts funders in Canada have begun imposing bureaucratic rules that compromise artistic freedom.  Join four prominent experts who will explore this issue in a lively discus

Past Event: Are Arts Funders Starting to Define the Art?

Panelists: Philip Akin, Pat Bradley, Adrienne Wong

Moderator: Keith Barker

Blog Post: Back to Anti-racist Basics after the Gerald Stanley “Verdict”

I was at work last week on a quite different blog for the Ryerson CFE when a jury of Gerald Stanley’s peers (or is it settler clones?), seven women and five men none of whom were “visibly Indigenou

By Len Findlay

Upcoming Event: CFE Film Series: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Russia - Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin

Past Event: CFE Film Series: Romero


United States - John Duigan