C.A.N.V.A.S. exists as an attempt to give collective agency to an increasingly dispersed community of artists.
Established in London in 2014 as a series of performance events, C.A.N.V.A.S. has evolved in response to a need for closeness despite geographic fluidity and the uncertainty of contemporary life. C.A.N.V.A.S. has become a transnational fabric which connects individual practices and nodes of activity in contemporary music and live performance. As a community, C.A.N.V.A.S. is always expanding through new collaborations, alchemically creating lasting bonds which perforate boundaries between practices and people. This acts as resistance to the isolation implicit in the virtualisation of contact.
C.A.N.V.A.S. launched as a record label in 2018 by establishing a statement of intent with releases from its co-founders Olan Monk and Lugh. To follow in 2019 were Elvin Brandhi's seismic debut ‘Shelf Life’ and the ‘Cipher’ compilation, an inherently collective work which thematically considers the propagation of musical information. Recent performance events have been held in Arkaoda, Berlin; Café Oto, London; Le Virtigo, Casablanca and Galeria Zé Dos Bois, Lisbon. Past live collaborators include Acolytes, Alobhe, Ashley Paul, Ausschuss, Ben Vince, Flora Yin Wong, Infernal Butcheress, Jacob Samuel, James K, Michael Speers, Ruth Angel Edwards, Terribilis and Xao.
C.A.N.V.A.S. realises itself as a solidarity between uprooted bards in defiance of an emerging neo-feudalism.