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.

Resources

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Voices from the Left

On February 18, 2019, just before Freedom to Read Week, a panel of self-described left-wing artists, academics and activists participated in a panel discussion at the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Past Event
BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: 30th Anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's Fatwa

February 14, 2019 - This year, February 14 is the 30th anniversary of the day when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran ordered the death of author Salman Rushdie and his publishing associates for producing The Satanic Verses.

Past Event

CFE Film Series: Medium Cool

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Raina Telgemeier's Drama

January 18, 2019 - The Ottawa Catholic School Board has decided to return Raina Telgemeier’s Drama to elementary school library shelves.