Montreal is often penned as the artistic capital of Canada. To be sure, our museums lead the nation’s, but these aren’t the only places to go when you need an art fix. Here are seven galleries we think are well worth checking out.
This exhibition and arts production centre is dedicated to new media and interdisciplinary art. The space supports emerging artists by linking them with more established ones, providing them with access to larger networks of established art organizations. Shows presented in this space often push the creative boundaries in digital and electronic arts, audio/video installation, multimedia performance, and other emerging practices. The space caters specifically to young artists and new graduates, so expect the unexpected.
Founded in September 2009, Project Space Gallery is a non-profit whose mandate is primarily to present the work of emerging artists and independent curators. Through the encouragement of new practices in interdisciplinary arts, the space presents exhibitions supported by mediation activities. Dialogue between works is encouraged in order to maintain a cohesiveness in exhibition themes. The gallery welcomes exhibitions of all mediums, and often host events to show off the works on display.
Opened in September 2013, the Carte Blanche Gallery is an art gallery with two rental spaces for exhibitions and cultural events. Carte Blanche Gallery is open to both artists and friends, and welcomes all forms of art. Their goal is to offer artists a friendly place for the development of their works. It is a gallery with minimum constraints.
Another space dedicated to supporting young talent, Gallery Lock is a stepping stone – a resource for artists in that awkward, liminal space between “emerging” and “established.” Their mandate is to push forward works that are moving, well-crafted, and carefully considered, rather than “works that can be sold easily.” Gallery Lock’s aim is to provide young artists with a strong commercial platform. Additionally, they propose affordable investments for young collectors. Check out our Tastemakers interview with the owners here.
This not-for-profit gallery is dedicated to presenting the work of emerging artists and research practices that “expand on theoretical approaches to contemporary art.” The gallery doesn’t just display the works of young artists, but assists in the development of their public profile. The continual support afforded by the gallery encourages production and allows the artists to produce fresh new works for the gallery.
Located in the Visual Arts building at Concordia, this student-run gallery seeks to reflect the quality and diversity of artworks coming from the university’s artistic community. Open to the public, not only is The VAV an exhibition space, it is also a resource centre with workshops and lectures on offer. Exhibits are held year-round through bi-monthly programming. Currently on display is Crystaline – The Cinematic and the Handmade, an exhibition celebrating “handmade cinema” and animation, 16 mm loop projections, and glitch art.
This project space is dedicated to publicizing and supporting both local and international contemporary artists. Founded in the summer of 2013, this gallery is fairly new on the Montreal art scene and is located in Little Burgundy. The gallery is currently in collaboration with the Art Matters festival, presenting LISTS. This exhibition aims to address the intersecting roles of institutions and individuals through collaborative work. Z aims to “neutralize the traditional hierarchies inherent in galleries and exhibition spaces.”