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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.