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.


Blog Post

Have we Lost the Plot with Polanski?

Roman Polanksi’s back in the news again, this time because of the 12 César Academy nominations he received for his latest film, 

By Ummni Khan

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Sensitivity or Censorship in Modern Fiction

October 31, 2019 - A sensitivity reader is someone who reads a manuscript with the express purpose of identifying and questioning plot elements, characters, language, and tropes that come across as inauthentic, lazy, stereotypical, or downright offensive.

Past Event

CFE Film Series: Rashomon

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Past Event

CFE Film Series: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Director: Alison Klayman

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Quebec Police Confiscate Horror Novel; Author and Publisher Face Porn Charges

March, 25, 2019 - On March 14, 2019, police in Quebec raided the home of author Yvan Godbout and the office of publisher Nycolas Doucet. The police confiscated copies of Mr. Godbout’s horror novel Hansel et Gretel.