The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is mandated to promote understanding and discussion of contemporary art and issues in art history, criticism and curating. Our mandate is realized through research, exhibitions, acquisitions, publishing, education, public and academic programs in the field of contemporary art with a focus on our region within a national and international context. As a university art gallery, the Belkin is committed to a research mandate, an international perspective and to the goal of fostering a civil society. Our mission is to explore the ways in which the practice of contemporary art is in itself a form of research that produces knowledge. Through our exhibitions, publications, events and programs, we raise awareness and encourage debate in the field of contemporary art. Through our collections, we contribute to an understanding of the Canadian avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, the international network developed at that time and its role in the art of today. Across all media and disciplines we emphasize practices and projects that challenge the status quo, support emerging artists and practices, and present artist-initiated projects. The Belkin Art Gallery collaborates with local galleries and artist-run centres on projects such as Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties with grunt gallery (2009), an online resource and digital archive presenting over 1,000 photographs, press clippings, audio and film clips drawn from private and public collections and archives, and Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice (also with grunt gallery) featuring performance artists and scholars responding to the exhibition Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (2016). Past international collaborations include Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka 1954-1968 (Grey Art Gallery, New York University), Stan Douglas: Inconsolable Memories (Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha), Rebecca Belmore at the Canadian Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale (Kamloops Art Gallery), Intertidal: Vancouver Art and Artists (Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp), The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art From Havana (Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden) and Beau Dick (documenta 14).