art matters


Bored of Art
When does art become play in the face of boredom? Better yet, when does boredom override the playfulness of art? In a collaborative bilingual talk between Art Souterrain and Art Matters, sociological and artistic perspectives are taken as the topics at hand, looking at both contemporary art and gaming.
Speakers: Marie-Charlotte Carrier, Omar Victor Diop, Bart Simon
Moderator: William Robinson

March 17, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
EV 1.605, Concordia Unversity
1515 Sainte-Catherine West, Metro Guy-Concordia

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Female Freedom Seekers
Talk by: Charmaine Nelson

The Black Studies Collective in collaboration with Art Matters would like to invite you to join us for a talk on Female Freedom Seekers: Exploring Dress and Self-Care in the Canadian Fugitive Slave Archive, by Charmaine Nelson, the first and (currently) only Black professor in the discipline of Art History in Canadian Universities.

March 09, 6:00 PM
GN-M100, Grey Nuns Building, Concordia Unversity

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Speaker Series: Where to Now? (Art Matters + ELAN)
Does sustainable practice mean throwing down roots, building community, and staying put? Or does it mean striking out and finding opportunity in other places? How can artists working in English balance the importance of community with the linguistic realities of Montreal?
Speakers: Malek Yalaoui, Emily Gualtieri, Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau
Moderator: Amy MacDonald

February 16, 6:00 PM (Entry from 5:45 PM)
EV 6.720 Concordia University
1515 Sainte-Catherine West, Metro Guy-Concordia
This location, including bathrooms, is accessible to people using wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

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LOVE MATTERS at Bar Le Ritz!
It’s Valentine’s Day! There’s no better time to launch our catalogue and annual tote, while dancing the night away to rad local DJs.

February 11 23h-1h
Bar le Ritz PBD
179 rue Jean-Talon Ouest
$5-10 sliding scale


WORKSHOPS: ARTISTS & APPLICATIONS “Apply now,” “submit,” “call-out for artists!” Any art student has gotten used to clicking these words, shuffling through these sorts of pamphlets, and passing them on to their friends. In this workshop, hosted by Art Matters, tactics for strong applications to call-outs are reviewed. Articulate artist statements and assertive project descriptions will be walked through in this talk by photographer Jessica Auer, known for her Concordia class, “Survival Tactics.” Thinking of applying to Art Matters? The talk will conclude with a thorough look at the festival’s application process for curators and artists, speaking to the variety of artistic practices found within Concordia’s Fine Arts community. Tue. Oct 18 12h-14h30
VAV Gallery
1395 Rene-Levesque Ouest
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Open to all!

GENERAL MEETING Swing by the EV Junction to learn about Art Matters’ direction as it heads into its seventeenth edition. The new team will be introducing new initiatives, discussing the festival’s budget, and offering a glimpse into upcoming events. The General Meeting is the time to ask questions, give your two cents, and join our Board of Directors. We are currently looking for up to four new members to oversee that the festival runs smoothly, and join in the fun of planning events. Tea and treats as always.
Oct. 4, 2016
EV Junction (2nd Floor EV-Building)

ART MATTERS INFO PARTY Learn about opportunities with Concordia's contemporary arts festival. We have free dinner, we have beer, we have a brand new team that's ready to say hey!
VA Lawn (1395 Boul. Réné-Lévesque)
Sept. 22, 16h-20h.

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ARTISTS: Katherine Lewis, Brent Morley Smith, Alexandre Pépin, Cindy Phenix, Laurence Philomene, Monica Rekas, Kara Sterne
Vernissage: Wed. Sept. 21 18h-20h
Exhibition: Sept. 21-23 11h-20h, Sept. 24-25 11h-18h
Ancienne École Des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, 3450 Rue Saint-Urbain
Art Matters is remounting one of its most glamourous exhibits of 2016 in collaboration with Art POP. “We, Other,” whose title is indebted to Foucault, uses baroque sensibilities as a departure into the curation of artworks referring to opulence and identity through object and dress. With works ranging from a first-person mall rat video game to candy-coated portaiture, “We, Other” articulates some of the most exciting interests of Montreal's emerging artists.
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