Brian McBay is the Co-founder and Director of 221A, an organization of artists, designers, cultural workers and activists that research and develop collective infrastructure to rethink and resist the inequity of late capitalism. Since its founding as a student collective in 2005, 221A has maintained the utopian romance that institutional experimentation and art making can change society. He works with a team of eight staff to operate a distributed model of programs and services, including a living-wage Fellowship program; Semi-Public, an outdoor public art space; Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, a library collection and research office; over 38,000 square feet of artist studios across three properties; and is conducting major research studies on the development of an artist-governed Cultural Land Trust, as well as on the potential application of Blockchain technologies in cultural organizations.

Brian has been invited to speak on art, policy and urban development at the Western Front, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, SFU Centre for Dialogue, UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Emily Carr University, the Creative City Network of Canada, the City of Kelowna, BC Alliance for Arts and Culture and the Vienna Design Fair. He has contributed to C magazine and Canadian Art magazine and is currently the President of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, the Vice-Chair of the City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Policy Council, Chair of the ACPC Spaces Subcommittee and a member of the Creative City Strategy External Advisory Committee.

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Last updated: July 2018