Founded in 1973, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse is one of the oldest artist-run centres in Quebec. It has always been exclusively dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art by women. La Centrale’s main activities include exhibitions, video screenings, off-site intervention projects, publication projects, public talks and panel discussions. In addition, since 1994, La Centrale organizes the biennial event Le mois de la performance, which presents diverse practices related to performance. The centre supports research, intervention and production within multiple discourses about art practice, feminism and interdisciplinarity. It also encourages intergenerational exchanges and emphasis on cultural diversity and community involvement. Inviting local, national and international artists, La Centrale values emerging artists as much as established ones in order to ensure connections and the fluidity of ideas across generations. La Centrale is committed to paying artists fees according to recommended standards and to promoting their exhibitions by effective means. In addition, the centre’s publications ensure longevity for the work of the artists and enable its dissemination abroad. As well, the centre’s archives from 1973 to 2000 are available at Concordia University. La Centrale has several kinds of members: active, volunteer, subscribing, supporting, and benefactors. The active members are directly involved in the centre’s decision-making process. An active member’s involvement can take various forms such as participation in permanent and ad hoc committees or assistance in the preparation of exhibitions and the organization of events and fund-raisers. Since the summer of 2004, La Centrale’s space has a storefront window which increases the centre’s visibility. Its window, its access structure and its public activities all contribute to a unique dissemination context.