Fonds 2049 - Federation of Canadian Artists fonds

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Federation of Canadian Artists fonds

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CA ON00239 2049

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  • 1941-1955 (Creation)

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1 m of textual records

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The Federation of Canadian Artists was formed as the result of a conference held at Queen's University, Kingston, in June, 1941. The conference was organized by Andre Bieler with the assistance of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the support of Queen's University. A continuing committee was established which recommended the formation of the Federation which grew into a nation wide organization. Andre Bieler was the first president. The object of the Fereration was to unite Canadians to further the function of art and to make creative life an inseparable part of the community and membership was made up of professional artists, amateurs, and interested laymen. To further their aims the Federation supported a petition to the Prime Minister in 1942 asking that the work of artists be an integral part of the war effort. The membership of the Federation was organized on a regional basis, each province or branch had its regional executive with its chairman a member of the National Council. The National Council was the authority in matters of policy and finance. Andre Bieler was succeeded as president by Lawrence Harris.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, bulletins, reports, briefs, invoices, constitution and news clippings. Correspondents include Lawren Harris, Frederick Taylor, H.G. Kettle, Elizabeth Wynwood and Andre Bieler.

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Gift of Mr. Fred Taylor and Mrs. Frances Smith


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  • English

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Andre Bieler fonds

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No further accruals are expected

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ULM 75-764

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