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Oxygen Art Centre is a multidisciplinary artist-run centre that works to stimulate the creation, exhibition, dissemination, performance and discussion of contemporary visual art, writing, film and performance. The centre also works to stimulate rural cultural development and professional practices in rural artists; to engage in community development through art-based special projects and to achieve diversity in all programming.


Oxygen Art Centre was founded as the Nelson Fine Art Centre Society in 2002 by former writing and visual art faculty at the Kootenay School of Art. Oxygen spent its first two years establishing its educational focus and in January 2005, the Society opened the Oxygen Art Centre in downtown Nelson. The Oxygen Art Centre is a 900 sq ft. renovated warehouse studio and serves as a classroom, exhibition space and residency centre.

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