Postcard_show2 Postcard_show2B

Postcard_show1a Postcard_show1B

Postcard_show5 Postcard_show5B

Postcard_show3j Postcard_show3B

Postcard_show11A Postcard_show11B

Postcard_show12 Postcard_show12B

Postcard_show4printFIX Postcard_show4B

Postcard_show9 Postcard_show9BACK

Postcard_show6 Postcard_show6B


Art Matters is a student-run festival that celebrates the vitality of Concordia University’s multidisciplinary artistic community. The festival promotes the emerging talent at Concordia by developing working relationships with creative institutions, galleries and artist run centers throughout Montréal. Since its inception in 2000, the annual festival has proudly exhibited art produced by Concordia students in the fields of visual art, design, cinema, dance, music, spoken word and theater. The 14th edition of the Art Matters festival will take place from March 7th to 21st and it will feature two weeks of exhibitions organized and curated by Concordia students in venues throughout Montréal as well as an opening party, artist discussions, vernissages and an open house weekend.

Monday, March 10th – DEINVITING DON LOTHARIO @ Espace Cercle Carré, vernissage – 18h00-21h00

Tuesday, March 11th – Stirrup, Hammer & Anvil @ the VAV Gallery, vernissage - 18h00 – 21h00

Wednesday, March 12th – Jasons Tendances @ Espace Project, vernissage - 18h00 – 21h00

Thursday, March 13th – FUTURE PERFECT @ Galerie Yellowfish, vernissage – 18h00 – 21h00

Friday, March 14th - No Time Like The Present @ Galerie Espace, vernissage – 18h00 – 21h00

Friday, March 14th – One Night of ______ @ Sala Rossa, doors open – 20h00

Saturday, March 15th – OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, March 18th – Hot Fun @ Rats 9, vernissage – 18h00 – 21h00

Wednesday, March 19th – @ Eastern Bloc, vernissage - 18h00 – 21h00

Thursday, March 20th – lists @ Z Art Space, finissage - 18h00 – 21h00

Friday, March 21st - Childhood’s End @ Galerie Carte Blanche, finissage – 18h00 – 21h00

Friday, March 21st – Actions Speak Louder, and other Linguistic Paradoxes @ Galerie Carte Blanche, finissage – 18h00 – 21h00

Sunday, March 22 – CLOSING PARTY location TBA

past events




Friday, February 14th  - Jonathan Reid Sévigny + Art Matters present CONFESSIONS


Friday, March 7th –  Art Matters Opening Party @ Piccolo Rialto

Saturday, March 8th  -Sans feu ni lieu; Sans foi ni loi @ Studio XX + Width; 700px, vernissage - 18h00 – 21h00


Art Matters Festival
VA038, 1395 Rene Levesque Blvd. Ouest
514-848-2424 x 5011



Art Matters Festival operates with funding from fee-levies. Each Concordia undergraduate student contributes 0.30 cents per credit in the Fine Arts faculty and 0.08 cents per credit from all other faculties. Contributing to the Art Matters fee-levy allows you to participate as a coordinator, executive, curator, artist or member of the Board of Directors.
If you wish to opt-out of the Art Matters fee-levy, please contact internal@artmattersfestival.org for more information.



Note: in order to opt-out please contact and create an appointment with Art Matters held within the two weeks following the withdrawal without tuition refund date for the current semester.

Art Matters has recently adopted a Board of Directors structure. Consequently, our externally reviewed statements will be ready for the board in several months, after this summer. However, our updated non-reviewed finances, including budget, revenues and expenses, is available for review in our office by members, including all Concordia undergraduate students, at the Fine Arts Reading Room in the EV building at Concordia University. Please contact info@artmattersfestival.org and we can arrange for you to review our finances. A full financial update will be presented to our members at our next AGM which will take place in the month of April 2014, specific date to be determined very soon.
The minutes of our last Annual General Meeting are available at the Fine Arts Reading Room in the EV building at Concordia University. The minutes from our upcoming 2014 meeting will be available online.
Art Matters is a registered non-profit, and our NEQ# is: 165408437






In The Year 2000, five Concordia Fine Arts students saw the need for students to have access to opportunities to exhibit their work to their peers and to the public. The result was Art Matters. Now in its fourteenth year, Art Matters continues to offer itself as a context for fine arts students across all departments to work together in creating two weeks of student art in professional venues throughout Montreal.

After over a decade of success, the Art Matters Festival has established itself as the largest student run festival of its kind in North America. Past exhibitions and events have taken place at Musée d’Art Contemporain, The Darling Foundry, Eastern Bloc and Les Territoires.

We thank the Julie Fowler, Ruthie Sumiko Tabata, Yael Wand, Michael Golden and Declan O’Driscoll for taking the initiative in building what has become a central aspect of Concordia’s Fine Arts Department.

Art Matters is a festival of fine arts that celebrates and supports the developing talent housed at Concordia University with the aim to provide emerging artists and curators with practical skills and tools to promote their art.

 Art Matters is created by the students of Concordia University for the community at large.

Art Matters aims to develop communication between all departments within the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Art Matters welcomes the artistic participation of any undergraduate Concordia University student.

Art Matters respects and promotes innovations and expressions of art in all disciplines.

Art Matters encourages diversity and is open to all art forms in any language.

Art Matters brings the emerging and the established together.

Art Matters is a festival that creates an atmosphere of celebration in artistic expression, exploration and collaboration.

Art Matters makes it known that art matters.

Eastern Bloc – http://www.easternbloc.ca

Espace Cercle Carré – http://www.cerclecarre.coop

Studio XX - http://www.studioxx.org

Width; 700 px - http://700gallery.tumblr.com

Rats 9 – http://rats9.com

Sala Rossa - https://www.facebook.com/casasala

Galerie Carte Blanche – http://galeriecarteblanche.com

Espace Projet - http://www.espaceprojet.net

The VAV Gallery - http://vavgallery.concordia.ca

Galerie Espace - http://www.galerie-espace.ca

Mainline Theater – http://www.mainlinetheatre.ca

Coey Kerr | Outreach Coordinator | info@artmattersfestival.org

Ellen Belshaw | Exhibitions Coordinator | exhibitions@artmattersfestival.org

Misca Birklein-Lagassé | Internal & Special Events Coordinator | internal@artmattersfestival.org

Julian Garcia | Graphic & Web Design | design@artmattersfestival.org

Hugo Dufour | Media Relations & Translation | media@artmattersfestival.org

Kevin Leung-Lo | Technical Coordinator | audiovisual@artmattersfestival.org

Mathieu Lambert | Technical Coordinator | audiovisual@artmattersfestival.org

Terrance Richard | Volunteer Coordinator | interns@artmattersfestivl.org

Erik Zuuring | Web Development

Sarah Cronshaw | Transportation

Tess Roby | Photographer

Natalia Lara Diaz-Berrio | Photographer

Ashlee Griffiths | Copy Editor


Laurent Viau-Lapointe | Mainline Theatre for Nuit Blanche

Zoe Wonfor & Christina Bell | Z Art Space

Katerina Korola | Eastern Bloc

Anne-Marie Trépannier & Mégane Voghell | Studio XX  & Width; 700px

Eli Kerr | Galerie Carte Blanche

Peter Shaw | Galerie Carte Blanche

Kristen Ahmad-Gawel | Espace Cercle Carré

Louis Thompson-Amadei | VAV Gallery

Anne Bertrand | Espace Projet

Braden Scott | Rats 9

Claudia Edwards & Emma Campbell | Yellowfish Art Gallery

Pascale Yensen & Sophia Wright | La Sala Rossa

Vincent Viezzer | Galerie Espace

Board of Directors


Christopher Spears, Chair

Lisa Mayes, Albane Morawski, Clinton Glenn, Kara Stern, Edwin Isford, Terrance Richard, Claudia Edwards, Tess Roby, Hugo Dufour & Hannah Kellet