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424 20th Street West
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada, S7M 0X4

AKA is an artist-run centre operating on Treaty Six Land that encompasses the traditional homeland of numerous First Nations, including Cree, Dene, Plains Cree, Nakota, Saulteaux, and Ojibwe, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. Our work unfolds with a commitment to honour and continually learn about the histories of this land, and we acknowledge that our efforts to be supportive allies and to enable safe and open exchange are both ongoing and never complete.

Temporarily closed to public due to COVID19 as of March 17th, 2020.
Please email any enquiries to 

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

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AKA is always looking for volunteers to assist at upcoming events including receptions, fundraisers and artist talks. After 10 hours of time, volunteers receive a year long membership to AKA. Let us know what kind of volunteer work you’re interested in and when you’re available. We can use help during installations, hospitality during openings, and more. Contact us at or (306) 652-0044.


Tarin Dehod 
Executive Director

Derek Sandbeck
Gallery Coordinator


AKA gratefully acknowledges the support from the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Lotteries, SaskCulture, Young Canada Works, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Submission Guidelines

AKA supports the creation and development of artist driven initiatives and emerging practices that speak to, reflect and encourage dialogue in our culturally diverse communities. This includes work in all media by local, national and international artists. Our venues consist of a street-level gallery, billboard and multi-use screening and performance event space; we also source off-site locations for site-specific projects.

AKA accepts submissions on an ongoing basis for project/exhibition proposals that consider AKA’s history and setting.

Support for selected projects/exhibitions includes: curatorial assistance, shipping, insurance, installation/strike assistance, promotion, documentation and the potential development of accompanying programming suited to the form of the project. AKA pays artist fees at or (when possible) above the CARFAC national average.

Submissions Guide
Please review AKA’s past programming archivesfloorplan and billboard; as well as our mandate. AKA accepts digital submissions as a single PDF document via email: gallerycoordinator@akaartistrun with the subject heading: AKA Submission. Please ensure the PDF document includes your name. Digital or physical submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

Submission PDF (max 7MB) must include:

  • Project/exhibition proposal including technical/install needs (max. 500 words)
  • Artist statement (max 500 words)
  • CV with complete contact information
  • Images with image details (max 10); OR
  • Time-based direct embedded links


AKA shares a programmable billboard with PAVED Arts. The submission process for the billboard is ongoing.

Since AKA and PAVED arts moved into a shared facility at 424 20th Street West in the neighbourhood of Riversdale, Saskatoon we have individually programmed numerous projects with artists such as Jo-Anne Balcaen & Jillian McDonald, Martin Beauregard, Cathy Busby, Stephanie Chabot, Joi T. Arcand, Mary Longman and many others.  This shared billboard space faces one of the busiest corridors in Saskatoon at the scale of 50 feet wide by 14 feet high.  The space includes a steel grated catwalk and fence, on which we have also mounted independent performances.  View past programmed billboards here.

Annually, AKA programs an average of two to three billboards per year which occasionally coincide with exhibitions in our main gallery space. The billboard is 15.3 x 4.3m / 50′ x 14′ . Further details will be provided upon billboard project offer.

Event Space

In light of the on going COVID19 concerns, we are not accepting any event space bookings at this time.

The shared AKA/PAVED Event Space can be rented by members and/or non-profit organizations for events, workshops, meetings etc.  AKA often partners with groups in need of a space by donating use of the facilities in kind.  In the past the space has been used for fundraisers, music nights, launches, screenings, performances, plays, readings, workshops, artist talks and it is often the site of Sounds Like Audio Art Festival.  The space is also available to those with production and technical needs through PAVED arts.  Download the eventspacetechrider for information on our equipment.

Please contact, 306-652-004.

© Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved. AKA artist-run would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, and Saskatchewan Lotteries.