12 February 6:30pm
19 February 6pm to 9pm
20 February 8pm
3 March 12pm to 6pm
6 March 10pm
In 2000, five Concordia Fine Arts students saw the need for their colleagues to have access to opportunities to exhibit their work to their peers and to the public. The result was Art Matters.
Now celebrating its 15th year, Art Matters is a student-run festival that showcases the diversity of Concordia University's artistic community. The festival promotes emerging talent and provides students with professional experience by working alongside cultural institutions, galleries, and artist-run centers in Montreal and beyond. The Art Matters festival has exhibited work produced by Concordia undergraduate students in the fields of dance, video, music, design, creative writing, theatre and the visual arts. Annually occurring in mid-March, Art Matters features two weeks of exhibitions curated by Concordia students in venues throughout the city and hosts many special events such as vernissages, an opening party featuring live performances, and a lecture series of talks and workshops hosted by professional artists.
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.
Where does the funding come from?
Art Matters Festival operates with funding from fee-levies, special project grants, and direct contribution from Concordia University's Faculty of Fine Arts Office of the Dean. The fee-levy is comprised of contributions from the Concordia undergraduate student body in the form of 0.30 cents per Fine Arts course credit and 0.08 cents per all other faculty course credit. Contributing to the Art Matters fee-levy allows students to participate as a coordinator, executive, curator, artist, or member of the Board of Directors.
If you wish to learn more about the Fee-levy groups at Concordia, please visit: www.concordiacommunity.org
This year Art Matters Festival would like to thank Concordia Council on Student Life, the Fine Arts Student Alliance, and Montréal en Lumière for their support.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Art Matters Festival, a special archive website was commissioned to Intermedia/Cyberarts student Hope Erin Phillips in order to present documentation from all past iterations of the festival and serve as a portal for future festival archiving.
Visit the website here: artmattersfestival.org/archive