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Art Matters is a non-profit festival that celebrates and supports the developing talent housed at Concordia University, with the aim of providing emerging artists with practical skills, tools, and knowledge.

Art Matters takes place in March. Exhibitions curated by students are spread out over three weeks, punctuated by our signature parties and events.

Art Matters is a fee-levy organization. That means a fraction of all students' tuition allows the festival to take place. Art Matters is created by and for undergraduate Concordia University students.

Art Matters gets people together. We encourage students from different artistic practices to exchange ideas.

Art Matters supports new ideas. We promote diverse artistic approaches, processes, and risk-taking.

Art Matters starts a dialogue between students and professionals. We provide galleries and venues as platforms to promote artwork, as well as hosting speakers and workshops.

Art Matters strives to build an inclusive community. Art Matters encourages accessibility and diversity.

Art Matters makes it known that Art Matters!

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Art Matters is funded by fee-levies, student-written grants, and fundraising. For more information about Art Matters' budget or funds, please contact: admin@artmattersfestival.org

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EVENTS

Febuary 8th

CELLS: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Febuary 5th

VOLUNTEER CALLOUT

Febuary 1st

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

October 19th

APPLICATION WORKSHOP

PHOTOS

September 27th

GENERAL MEETING

GM Presentation

GM Minutes

September 14th

POP MATTERS AT THE VAV VERNISSAGE

17h-19h

PHOTOS

September 10-17

POP MATTERS AT THE VAV EXHIBITION

17h-19h

PHOTOS

September 7th

CSU STREET FAIR

11h-16h

CALL OUTS

JANUARY

VOLUNTEERS CALL-OUT

FALL SEMESTER

JOBS CALL-OUT

Board of Directors Chair

Art Matters is Hiring!

NOV 1ST- DEC 1ST

ARTIST CALL-OUT

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OCT 1ST-NOV 1ST

CURATOR CALL-OUT

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Feb 14 - 24

CLOSING PARTY CALL-OUT

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ARTISTS AND CURATORS

Curators apply in October to organize exhibitions, work with peer artists and professional art spaces. In November, artists submit artworks or in-progress proposals to the festival. All artistic practices are welcomed, all undergraduate students may apply.

JOBS

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. Check our Facebook page for more info.

VOLUNTEERS

New faces are always welcomed to volunteer at exhibitions and events! The call-out for volunteers occurs early in the Winter semester.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our board determines how the festival operates, directs its goals and initiatives, ensures 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 October.

GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS

(Dis)CONNECT

By drawing from neuroscience, biology, and computation science, seven artists translate a series of divergent fields into visual form, thereby actively opening a dialogue between the artist and the viewer. (Dis)CONNECT, a Nuit Blanche (re)MIX exhibition, features the works of interdisciplinary-based artists who aim to bridge the divide between contemporary art and the public. Though seemingly antithetical in their relationship, the artists use science and technology in their respective mediums to come together in pursuit of creating and strengthening connections with the public. By giving ephemeral experience material form, information is re-imagined, re-interpreted, and re-envisioned through the artistic lens, creating an interactive space for creativity and dialogue.

Curators

Diane (Hau Yu) Wong
Kimberly Glassman
Hannah Simone Braithwaite

Artists

Joffré Roy-Beauegard
The Scientific Chagrin
Sarah Da Silva Marquie
Victorian Embroidery Simulator
Diana Lazzaro (Gar)
Synapse
Matthew Halpenny
Conductivity Gloves
Gabrielle Marin
Bodies
Timothy Thomasson & Owen Coolidge
Mood Map

Vernissage

Mar 3
19h - 1h

Location

Espace POP
5587 av. du Parc

Collaborators

Nuit Blanche

BLUEPRINTS

The relationship between the artist and their work is directly guided by and linked with the passage of time. It is impossible to set an exact point where a tangible material becomes art. This process of transformation occurs on an individual basis unique to the artist; a performance guiding a material object into something of its own that is then characterized as art. The beginning and end of the piece are events that will forever remain in flux: an ambiguous timeline.

Curators

Alexia McKindsey
Jose Guillermo Garcia Sierra

Artists

Guillaume Saur
In May 2016
Carlo Polidoro Lopez
11 Varas
Mel Arsenault
LAB Series
Laurence Thériault-Lainé
Muse
Maggy Hamel-Metsos
Images Stuck in My Throat
Laura Simard-Lemaire
Nature Morte
Claude Labrèche-Lemay
Anchored in the Process

Vernissage

Mar 7
18h - 21h

Exhibition

Mar 5 - Mar 16

Opening Hours

M-F 9h - 21h

Location

VAV Gallery
1395 boul. Rene Levesque O.

Collaborators

Festival Art Souterrain

Tender Teeth

"Tense and tenuous

grow from the same root


as does tender

in its several guises:


the sour grass flower

the yellow moth."


And - Rae Armantrout

Softness is often found in organic materials: fibres, furs, foliage and flesh. It is malleable and adaptable, offering comfort and warmth. Softness is sensitive rather than probing -- it is inclined to respond to external forces. Soft work is often handmade; it can be sentimental and inspire feelings of fondness. Yet, in its delicate nature, it is prone to degrade.

Tender Teeth draws together artwork that expands on notions of softness: quaint, decorative and whimsical works reveal qualities of hazard, excess and decay. The artists in this show explore softness in its ambiguities, reflecting the ambivalent emotions that arise when caring for oneself, one's communities and the surrounding environment.

Curator

Catherine McRae Finnegan

Artists

Chris Shimek
Soft Boys
Emilie Usher
Nectar Season
Florence Yee
New Fortitude III
Hea Kim
I thought I was following the clouds but the clouds are following me
Hea Kim
You are in the Islands
Laura Douglas
Seed Quilt
Lucia Vergel
Traces of Reality
Nix Burox
Blanket Fever
Performance by Willow an interdisciplinary group consisting of dancers Amber Downie-Back and Tamar Tabori, and musicians Angus Gaffney and Eliot Roby.

Vernissage

Mar 8
19h - 21h

Exhibition

Mar 6 - Mar 17

Opening Hours

M-Su 14h - 20h

Location

Mainline Gallery
3905 boul. St Laurent

bookworks

From the twentieth century onward, the book as an art form has carved a place of its own. Not an art book (collected reproductions of artworks) nor a book on art (critical writings on the subject), artist books are artworks in themselves. However, it is a disservice to artist books to think of them solely in the traditional codex form. Emerging along with and due to conceptual art, the artist book sits boldly at the juncture of art, documentation, and literature; they are singular objects in materiality and in conception. bookworks surveys the current climate of the artist book in the Concordia arts community, brought together by the qualities and attributes of books, rather than by the subject they address. These works carry their meaning through aspects that drift away from customary methods, requiring a different kind of reading, and exemplify the fraught history of defining what makes a book.

Curator

Maia Céleste Donnelly

Artists

Eve Roy
Four Altars for a Prisoner/Quatre Autels pour un Prisonnier
Andrea Cormier
Memory Chambers
Le Lin
don't conceal or reveal me
Alex Apostolidis
nineteen_eight
Tanita Rose Sawchuk
819 Fort
Guillaume Bégin
Palimpsest
Marie Cordey
Variations sur un même thème

Vernissage

Mar 9
18h - 20h

Exhibition

Mar 3 - Mar 17

Opening Hours

Th - Su 14h - 19h

Location

Mile-End Gallery
5345 av. du Parc

Myth Dealing

Myth dealing is essential. Myths aren’t just a narrative you can identify with, they’re meant to mobilize. They’re a powerful emotional bond.

Sylvère Lotringer, as quoted in Chris Kraus, After Kathy Acker.

Craft carries with it considerations of time, (feminized) labour and aesthetic hierarchies, but it has also long been associated with mythology and storytelling. Narratives, whether true or false, are constructed painstakingly; works in craft media connote similar ideas of carefulness and repetition. Like craft, myths have to be repeated in order to stick. Ideas of truth sharing and teaching are a familiar function of stories and myths. The construction of personal myths has the power to connect, subvert or reinvent broader, persisting narratives in productive and destabilizing ways. In this exhibition, works in diverse media approach notions of craft and narration—branching off of enduring myths and generating new ones.

Curator

Maggie Mills

Artists

Elizabeth Eugène
Blanc des champs
Zeke Best Rothfels
Hands
Saba Heravi
still life of memories
Chris Shimek
Protective candle set (for long distance lovers)
Laura Theresa MacNeil
Labour of Love
Florence Yee
Trying
Claudia Persechino
(de)restoration

Vernissage

Mar 9
19h - 21h

Exhibition

Mar 5 - Mar 18

Opening Hours

M-F 12h -19h
Sat-Su 11h - 18h

Location

Espace POP
5587 av. du Parc

it’s all i have to bring today

Borrowing its title from the elusive Emily Dickinson, this exhibition brings together the diverse work of seven artists. Like her poetry, these works evolve as investigations of self, other and what lies between, exploring issues of isolation, struggle and emotionality. it’s all i have to bring today references an acceptance of weariness and need for self-preservation, challenging notions of contemporary productivity. From varying lived experiences, these artists come together in their search for comfort in discomfort, fullness in absence, strength in vulnerability. Thus, through the manipulation of the material world, they mediate new borders, creating space for stories which are less visible, or those which are simply more quiet in nature.

Curator

Alisa Haugen-Strand

Artists

Audrey Bilodeau Fontaine
Trust Me
Alyse Tunnell
Use to It
Carmen Fox
Float
Danielle Beaudet
I wish I had been breastfed but it wasn’t in fashion at the time
the Contractor
Snot & Tears
Meredith Parent-Delgadillo
Mayra, Marlene, Sylvia, Meredith et Dora
Sophie Wonfor
Here to be held and how else, when to be held is to be helped

Vernissage

Mar 15
19h - 21h

Exhibition

Mar 9 - Mar 24

Opening Hours

Tu W 10h - 17h
Th 10h - 19h
F 10h - 17h
Sat 11h -16h

Location

Studio XX
4001 rue Berri, Suite 201

Out of Balance

Being out of balance is to enter a state that has both generative and destructive potential. It is a potent state that ignites the imagination, but also one that is filled with fear, uncertainty and risk of failure. It forms a liminal space that, in the best case scenario, showcases human creativity and capacity to adapt and, in the worst case scenario, demonstrates our inability to deal with change. This duality of the state of imbalance creates a stereo image that can serve as a tool to better understand the complexity of the world we live in. Featuring a variety of media within an immersive space, Out of Balance brings together works of art that deal with themes such as growth and decay, ecosystemic balance and imbalances, consonance and dissonance, art and craft-making, modernity, technology, nationhood and identity, censorship, agency and freedom, consumerism and beauty, and urban chaos.

Curators

Alexey Lazarev
Manuel Poitras

Artists

Julia Woldmo
First time human, long time being
Diana Lazzaro
The World
Colas Eko
Beau Grand Bateau
Laura Hirsh, Ruth Johnstone and Van Le
Sensorship
Maude Lauzière Dumas
Standards esthétiques
Chloé St Arnaud
Parcae
Joffré Roy-Beauregard
Excruciated
Elisabeth Perrault
La Foule
N. M. Ryan
Quartet (For Four Electric Guitars and Audience)
Julie-Claude Vezeau-Croteau
Hurly-Burly

Vernissage

Mar 16
18h - 20h

Exhibition

Mar 8 - Mar 18

Opening Hours

M-Su 11h - 17h

Location

Galerie Espace
4844 boul. Saint-Laurent

The Art of Sinking

The Art of Sinking is the art of the anti-climax. In this absurd world we live in, how do we attempt to navigate it when searching for answers only poses more questions? How do we come to terms with these unintentional failures and misfortunes? Do we make light of it? Do we look at it as progress, laugh at it, and ultimately turn the unintentional into intentional? Inspired by bathos, this exhibition explores the purpose of comedy in art, the subversion of its conventions, and the exaggeration or understatement of them.

Curators

Hannah Silver
Alexa Hawksworth

Artists

Roxa Hy
Good Thing You’re Wearing Sunglasses
CubeAndre
Stephen Shore’s Diabetic Breakfast
Kyla Kaplan-Chinard and Matisse ApSimon
Mal-fun-ction
Ben Compton
Long Distance
Nickle Peace-Williams
Day 1 of The Interplanetary Dance Convention
Roxanne Thibeault
TBA
Eva Young
TBA

Vernissage

Mar 21
18h - 20h

Exhibition

Mar 12 - Mar 24

Opening Hours

M W Th Sat Su 11h - 17h
Tu F Closed

Location

GHAM + DAFE
3425 rue Sainte Catherine E.

Art Crush in Time

How can visual art practices record and conserve the movement of the human body in space? Featuring the work of seven artists, Art Crush in Time focuses on the performative nature of mark-making. Through the exploration of a variety of notational systems in painting, sculpture and performance, the exhibition informs a corporeal understanding of human movement in places.

The pieces selected reveal an emotional analysis of the dialogue between the body and the spatial constructions around it. By offering an intimate experience to the viewer, some artworks also visualize how built environments contain and direct behaviour in public, social spaces. The gallery is thus presented as a liminal place seeking a balance between individual constructivism, mark-making as a recording device, and the shared space.

Curators

Avery Zhao-Djokic
Marie Lemieux

Artists

liliesOfTheVallée (Emmanuelle Forgues and Sam Bourgault)
carcassesSolubles
Jenna Ladd
Fragmented Body
Owen Coolidge
Experimental Semantics
Erin Berry
Lymph
Maude Lauziere Dumas
Passage humain
Paule Gilbert
Hall Building Escalators as Drawing Device
Tina Lam
Toujours, Imaginer sera plus grand que Vivre

Vernissage

Mar 22
18h - 21h

Exhibition

Mar 16 - Mar 27

Opening Hours

M-Su 12h - 19h

Location

articule
262 av. Fairmount O.

pedagogy

We can learn from and through art. Often this takes place through educational programming which uses artworks as a platform for pedagogical activities. However, in doing so, art practices are differentiated from pedagogy, doing a disservice to the dynamic relationship which exists between the work, artist, curator and art-viewer/participant. This exhibition presents a host of works which emphasize acts of “learning” and pedagogical moments in artmaking itself, be they through creative research, experiences translated through media or through affective encounters. By bringing together artists, audiences and curators through various workshops, the exhibition aims to focus and facilitate moments of dialogue, narrowing the presumed gap between learner and maker of knowledge.

Curators

Jamie Potvin
Chris Mendoza

Artists

Nick Cabelli
Native North American Industrial Fruit Dossier
liliesOfTheVallée (Emma Forgues and Sam Bourgault)
prox.Dance
Twothenone Collective (Magali Casaubon and Solana Del Bel Belluz)
Fresh Lemon, Awkward Shapes, and Two Heads
Phil Mercier
Action
Rayna Montague
The Travelling Conference Room
Nathan Leblanc-Limoges
Sublime un à cinq ou autant de rectangles tatoués en huit heures chacun sur cinq personnes différentes
Alejandra Zamudio
Salir a la melcocha del mundo y la mierda voladora

Finissage

Mar 23
19h - 22h

Exhibition

Mar 14 - Mar 24

Opening Hours

W - Sa 11h - 18h

Location

Espace Projet
353 rue Villeray

CALENDAR

(Dis)CONNECT

Espace POP - 5587 av. du Parc Vernissage: Mar 3 -   19h - 1h Exhibition: Mar 3 19h-1h Collaborators: Nuit Blanche ___________________________

BLUEPRINTS

VAV Gallery - 1395 boul. René Levesque O. Vernissage: Mar 7 -   18h - 21h Exhibition: Mar 5 – Mar 16 Opening Hours: M–F, 9h–21h Collaborators: Festival Art Souterrain ___________________________

Tender Teeth

Mainline Gallery - 3905 boul. St Laurent Vernissage: Mar 8-    19h - 21h         Exhibition: Mar 6 - Mar 17       Opening Hours: M-Su 14h - 20h ___________________________

bookworks

Mile-End Gallery- 5345 av. du Parc Vernissage: Mar 9   18h - 20h Exhibition: Mar 3 - Mar 17 Opening Hours: Th - Su 14h - 19h ___________________________

Myth Dealing

Espace POP- 5587 av. du Parc Vernissage: Mar 9   19h - 21h Exhibition: Mar 5 - Mar 18 Opening Hours: M-F 12h - 19h     Sat-Su 11h - 18h ___________________________

its all i have to bring today

Studio XX- 4001 rue Berri, Suite 201 Vernissage: Mar 15   19h - 21h Exhibition: Mar 9 - Mar 24 Opening Hours: Tu W 10h - 17h Th 10h - 19h   F 10h - 17h                 Sat 11h -16h ___________________________

Out of Balance

Galerie Espace- 4844 boul. Saint-Laurent Vernissage: Mar 16   18h - 20h Exhibition: Mar 8 - Mar 18                                Opening Hours: M-Su 11h - 17h ___________________________

The Art of Sinking

GHAM + DAFE- 3425 rue Sainte Catherine E. Vernissage: Mar 21   18h - 20h Exhibition: Mar 12 - Mar 24 Opening Hours: M W Th Sat Su 11h - 17h   Tu F Closed ___________________________

Art Crush in Time

articule- 262 av. Fairmount O. Vernissage: Mar 22   18h - 21h Exhibition: Mar 16 - Mar 27 Opening Hours: M-Su 12h - 19h ___________________________

pedagogy

Espace Projet- 353 rue Villeray Finissage: Mar 23   19h - 22h Exhibition: Mar 14 - Mar 24 Opening Hours: W - Sat 11h - 18h

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