Eyelevel is a not-for-profit charitable artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation, development and promotion of contemporary art. Through a range of programming initiatives such as exhibitions, performances, and special projects, Eyelevel has established itself as a supportive environment that fosters the research and development of innovative artistic practices. We have provided a forum for the discussion and presentation of contemporary visual art in Halifax for more than 40 years.
Eye Level Gallery Society evolved from Inventions Gallery, established in 1972 by a group of women artists. In 1974, Inventions changed its name to Eye Level Gallery Society and opened its membership to include all genders. The centre offered an alternative to the mandates and practices of established art institutions. In addition to its visual arts program, Eyelevel sponsored other cultural activities including music and dance performances and media arts projects. This support led to the development of two other artist-run organizations in Halifax—Live Art Dance and the Centre for Art Tapes. Eyelevel is a member of the Atlantis (the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic). Eyelevel recently dedicated its program to projects outside of a formal gallery space. Our office space remains a hub for our membership and the public, providing access to The Eyelevel Bookstore and Members Gallery. Members opportunities as broad and wandering as our exhibition program now fall under the responsibilities of the Engagement Committee.
Eyelevel programs primarily in K'jiputuk (Halifax) a city situated on unceded Mi'kmaq territory. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax, our members, donors, and volunteers.