The land on which Trap\door meets, works, and creates is the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta and the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut'ina.
This acknowledgement is meant to pay respect to the Blackfoot people past, present, and future in an effort to recognize and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and relationship to the land. Trap\door also acknowledges the inherently spatial and political nature of working as a nomadic artist-run centre in Lethbridge, AB, and strives to operate with the utmost care and humility.
Trap\door is a non-profit artist run centre founded in 2004. Dedicated to the promotion of contemporary visual art which is challenging and critical, the purpose of Trap\door is to encourage experimentation by artists whose work explores the peripheries of their discipline.
We differ from most artist run centres in that we have chosen to have no permanent exhibition space. This allows us to match the artists we exhibit with locations in Lethbridge that best suit their projects. Working with a limited budget, Trap\door deliberately dedicates the majority of our funds to artist’s fees, exhibition expenses, and the direct costs of providing public access to contemporary art. We collaborate with other venues and institutions, sharing resources and developing symbiotic relationships.
Founded in Lethbridge, AB in 2004, Trap\door artist-run centre is committed to providing local contemporary artists with opportunities to exhibit, develop, and disseminate their work, stimulating interest in art among the wider community. Our inaugural exhibition took place at the Chinese Freemasons’ building, setting a precedent for the possibilities of finding different venues for encounters with contemporary art. We have continued this tradition of site-seeking with annual exhibitions, residencies at the Gushul studio, art-making workshops, panel discussions, and poster campaigns. The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Trianon, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the City of Lethbridge, and Casa are among the organizations that have collaborated with us in hosting and facilitating such projects.
Board of Directors
2017 - 2019
Andrew Rabyniuk, President
Jamie-Lee Girodat, Vice-President
Amy Parks, Secretary
Christina Cuthbertson, Treasurer