Fonds PR1571 - Latitude 53 Society of Artists fonds

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Latitude 53 Society of Artists fonds

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    • 1971-1988 (Creation)

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    6.70 m of textual records and other material.

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    The Latitude 53 Gallery was conceived in 1971/1972 by Harry Savage and Sylvain Voyer as a commercial gallery in Edmonton, Alberta and an alternative to the Edmonton Art Gallery. In 1973, Giuseppe Albi joined the Latitude 53 Gallery Limited (Ltd.) partnership, and the Latitude 53 Gallery opened in October 1973, exhibiting art, paintings, sculptures, and drawings.

    Along with providing a readily available and central location for more established artists, the Latitude 53 Gallery also assisted young artists to exhibit their works. In 1977, Latitude 53 changed their mandate, becoming a non-profit artist run centre, and Giuseppe Albi became president and first director.

    Latitude 53 Society of Artists was incorporated under the Societies Act on February 22, 1978. Latitude 53 Society of Artists was an artist run organization that presented quality work of an alternative nature to Edmontonians. In the spring of 1981, the Edmonton Society of Photography approached Latitude 53 about a merger of the two groups; the merger was completed in 1982, and Latitude 53 established a Photography Committee. Latitude 53's purpose is to encourage contemporary artistic practices and to foster the development and exhibition of experimental art forms.

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    The fonds consists of the operational records of Latitude 53 Society of Artists, and includes the following series: administrative records, financial records, correspondence records, promotional records, exhibit/show records, Edmonton Society of Photography records, Association of National Non-Profit Artists’ Centres poster project records and J.A. Irvine project records.

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    Latitude 53 Society of Artists deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1985 and 1990.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Associated materials

        Also see the J.A. Irvine fonds and the Jonathan G. Bayley fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


        Further accruals are not expected.

        General note

        Information for the administrative history is from the records and from the Latitude 53 website,, accessed February 24, 2005. Included in accession PR1985.0204 are records belonging to the Sylvain Voyer fonds and the Canadian Artists' Representation Alberta fonds.

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        Includes accessions PR1985.0204 and PR1990.0147.

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        Includes ca. 1700 transparencies, ca. 800 photographs, ca. 500 negatives, 32 plans, 2 video cassettes, 1 blueprint, 1 audio cassette.

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