art matters FESTIVAL 2020

Art Matters is North America’s largest student-run art festival, taking place annually in March throughout Montréal/Tiohtia:ke

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For 20 years, Art Matters has been run by students, for students, to create work and creative opportunities that showcase early-career artists from all disciplines.

Works range from theatre, new media, dance, sculpture, design, literature, film, and music – Art Matters makes it known that art matters!

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how it works


The Art Matters coordinating team is hired in May by the previous coordinators to begin planning for the following year. The team continues to grow throughout the summer and coming semesters!


Call-outs for Exhibition Facilitators begin early September, a handful of these selected folks will choose through our artist applications and jury their selections at the end of November. A venue space will then be assigned accordingly based on the needs of the exhibition.


The search for artists begins at the beginning of October – all are welcome to apply! Art Matters looks for works that are groundbreaking and thought provoking, and a variety of works across all art disciplines.


At the end of the November our Exhibition Facilitators with jury their selected works and select their team of artists. These teams then work hard to prepare their exhibit and promote each of their opening vernissages.


March is festival season – speakers, panel discussions, workshops, concerts and more vernissages than you can count!

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HOW to get involved


Facilitators apply in September to organize exhibitions, work with peer artists and professional art spaces. No prior experience is needed, but interest in creating creative spaces and managing people is ideal! If you’re interested in directing, choreography, curating, composing, art administration, or anything similar, this position is for you! Facilitators are provided workshops and training to help them design a show, exhibition, or performance that is both an intensive collaboration and a professional learning experience.


In October, artists of all varieties submit artworks or in-progress proposals to the festival. All artistic practices are welcome, all Concordia undergraduate students may apply. Each artist is awarded an honorarium of $75 if their work is selected to be in the festival programming.


Art Matters offers several honorarium-based jobs to undergrads. Positions in photography, videography, translation, copy editing, technical direction, volunteer coordination and more are made available year-round.


New faces are always welcome to volunteer at exhibitions and events! The call-out for volunteers occurs early in the Winter semester. This is a great opportunity for artists that want to join the executive team in the future.


Our Board of Directors determines how the festival operates, directs its goals and initiatives, insures that it runs smoothly, and joins in the fun of planning events. To learn more or express interest in joining, come to our first General Meeting in September.

contact us

Outreach Coordinator
Jonathan Stern

Exhibitions Coordinator
Sophie Heyen-Dubé

Financial and Administrative Coordinator
Joel Young

Board of Directors Co-Chairs
Alessandra Tom & Alana DeVito

Graphic Designer
Louisane Cynthia Fozin-Kengni

Web Programmer
Charles Gao

Laurie Sévigny-Couture

Sam Bordeleau


If you’d like to get in touch in person, let’s set it up at We can be met in the Art Matters Office in VA-038 – in the basement of the VA Building on the Sir George Williams campus of Concordia University


VA-038, Concordia University
1395 René Levesque Blvd. W.
Montréal, QC
+1.514.848.2424 x 5011

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