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A slide shown at Calgary's Plaza Theatre.A question that staff and volunteers at The New Gallery, sometimes referred to as TNG, must sometimes hear people ask is why it is called ‘new' when it has been an active part of Calgary's, and in fact Alberta's, arts scene for decades. It is actually one of the first and oldest artist-run centres in Canada.

Participants at a reading in the "Poetry Comes Alive".Founded in 1975, TNG was originally called the Clouds and Water Gallery and Visual Production Society. A mouth-full of a name, it evokes chuckles and references to die-hard hippie culture from current staff.

Angelika Wanke at the New Gallery.The organization when through several name changes prompted by various location changes. When it moved to downtown Calgary, just off Centre Street, it became the OFF CENTRE CENTRE. Eventually moving back to the original Clouds and Water Space, it became The New Gallery.

As the inaugural names states, the society functions as more than a tangible space for showing art. TNG functions as a hotbed for burgeoning activities such as Artist Trading Card sessions, and the biennial citywide performance art festival Mountain Standard Time.

"A Child's Garden of Worms".For a long time now, it has provided a place were time based and/or performance art can be played around with and shared. TNG has supported the development of such currently well-known entities as EMMedia film and video centre, and the independent broadcaster RADIO/RADIO. Other credits to TNG include fostering the growth of the One Yellow Rabbit theatre company and the Association of National Non-Profit Artists's Centres.

"Ultra Sound" exhibited by Joe Kelly.In terms of juried exhibitions in its gallery space, TNG primarily shows installations and time-based work. Other activities for the organization include The New Gallery Press, which focuses on publishing arts catalogues.

A pivotal contributor to more avante garde work, TNG continues to maintain its established role as an innovator of artist-run centre possibilities and roles in Alberta.

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