The first Feminist Art Conference (FAC) took place on International Women’s Day, 2013, with one hundred twenty participating artists and one hundred fifty attendees. The event sold out in two days, which indicated a strong need for such programming in Toronto.
A commitment was made by the FAC committee to continue holding conferences. Subsequent gatherings took place at OCAD University in 2014, 2015, and 2017, the most recent of which included a week full of events, with two hundred and twenty participating artists and over nine hundred attendees from all over the world.
As the main conference grew, partner organizations reached out to FAC to co-present multidisciplinary projects throughout the year. Several community organizations, as well as University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University all held FAC engagements around feminist discourse in the arts.
The wide range of dynamic programming included panel discussions, residencies, theatre productions, fashion shows, spoken word events, dance performances, film nights, exhibitions, and markets for feminist artists to sell their work.
In 2015 Artscape Gibraltar Point invited FAC to host an international Feminist Artist Residency on the Toronto Islands. This residency, now in it’s 5th year, has hosted close to one hundred interdisciplinary artists from across the globe. The culminating Open Studio Event attracts a huge following with hundreds of attendees coming in from the city of Toronto to view the the installations and performances.
In 2015 FAC also became a member of The Feminist Art Project out of Rutgers University, committing to the overall promotion and documentation of feminist art scholarship.
In January 2018, the FAC committee decided that a shift in name was necessary to broaden our reach and reflect our work beyond conference planning. Thus, FAC came to mean Feminist Art Collective.
In March 2020, FAC will present the Feminist Art Festival, four days of programming that include an exhibition, film night, makers market and conference.