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.



CFE Virtual Forum Series: Platforms of Distortion – Can They Be Fixed?

Digital platforms are perfect delivery systems for gossip and entertainment. Unfortunately they now distribute most of our news.


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.


The Censorship of Art

Throughout history, art has been censored for challenging standards of decency, propriety and good taste. That history of censorship continues in Canada today.


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


Seeing Cuba from Behind the Tourist Curtain: An Evening with Filmmaker Enrique Colina

Enrique Colina is an eminent Cuban filmmaker, director and film critic who will share his reflections on Cuba through conversation and film clips.