Artist Material Fund at artLAB Gallery

Images (left to right): Artist Material Fund wordmark designed by Ro Barragan and Michèle Pearson Clarke. Artist Material Fund, opening reception in the artLAB Gallery, Western University. Photograph by Dickson Bou.

Artist Material Fund

artLAB Gallery
October 27 – November 20, 2022
Reception: Thursday, October 27 / 5-7PM

Come get some FREE building materials, tools, and art supplies at AMF in the artLAB Gallery.

Founded in 2014, the AMF is a service that relocates material and diminishes waste produced in the art industry, while providing resources for artistic production. Rooted in cooperation and mutual aid, the program supports and promotes the sharing of under-used goods to realize their full potential value, and builds more efficient studios. It’s a platform that operates outside of the capitalist, consumerist model, and strives to create one viable alternative to the common issue of fiscal precarity and ecological irresponsibility. As an economically and environmentally responsible redistribution centre, the service gives raw workable material another life by collecting materials from cultural institutions across Southwestern Ontario, making them free and available to artists and individuals in the community.

Artist Material Fund, installation in the artLAB Gallery, Western University. Photograph by Dickson Bou.

The rules are simple:

First-come, first-served.
There is no limit to what you can take.
Take only what you need.

It is pick up only.
We do not accept unsolicited drop offs.
We do not deliver.

You don’t need to be an artist to collect material.
We’ve got lots to go around.

A community engagement project by Suzanne Carte, the AMF is supported by the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), the Western Strategic Priorities Fund, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Centre for Sustainable Curating. This edition of the AMF was curated by students in MCS4691 Waste Stream/Waste Dream.

Monday – Friday: 12-5PM
Thursday: 12-7PM


For more information contact:
Liza Eurich, MFA (she/her)
artLAB Gallery Director
Department of Visual Arts
Western University
John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Room 122
London, ON N6A 5B7
t. 519.661.2111 ext. 86186

Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Neutral (Chonnonton) peoples, on lands connected to several Treaties including Treaty 6 London Township, Treaty 7 Sombra Township, Treaty 21 Longwoods and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This place continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples who are recognized as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors to society.