To be off centre means to be less conventional, other, eccentric, strange, or to deviate from the norm.

off centre is an online publication dedicated to critical writing about contemporary art and artists outside of large metropolitan centres. We believe it is important to provide opportunities for and highlight the practices of artists, writers, and curators who produce and exhibit in these regions, challenging the expectation that culture emerges in the centre and works it's way beyond.

off centre prioritizes the work of artists, writers, and curators who identify as emerging, Black, Indigenous, racialized, Queer, disabled, and / or those who are working in underrepresented practices.

off centre is independently run and funded. We are currently able to offer a modest writer’s fee of $100 upon publication of successful submissions. 

off centre was collaboratively founded by Adrien Crossman and Luke Maddaford.

Luke Maddaford is an artist, writer, and curator. His practice engages Queer culture and regionality through performative text and objects. His work has been exhibited and published across Canada and the United States. He lives and works in Swift Current, SK, on Treaty 4 territory, with his cat Dodge. They both like sitting in the sun.

Adrien Crossman
(they/them) is a queer and non-binary white settler artist, educator and curator currently residing on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples in so called Hamilton, Ontario. They hold an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Windsor (2018), and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University (2012). Crossman is interested in the affective qualities of queerness, investigating how queerness can be felt through specific aesthetics and sensibilities. Their work is deeply enmeshed with their queer and trans identity and is attentive to the ways that white supremacy and colonization have shaped dominant understandings of gender and sexuality. Their practice seeks to destabilize these systemic ideas and speculate on more expansive alternatives. Adrien has written for the IOTA Institute, CBC Arts, and Kapsula magazine and is an Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts at McMaster University.


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