Quartier Éphémère is a cultural association that supports the creation, production and dissemination of the work of emerging and established visual artists. working simultaneously to preserve architectural and industrial heritage, the association establishes artists’ studios, technical facilities and exhibition spaces in abandoned or unused buildings.
Quartier Éphémère is a non-profit visual arts organisation which seeks to encourage and promote the work of emerging artists from the montreal area and the rest of quebec and canada. following an agreement with a landlord,the organization occupies unused or abandoned historic buidings, creating exhibition spaces and artists’ studios. thus, the building’s upkeep and commercial value is assured, while industrial heritage is promoted. visiting artists from france and other parts of the world constitute an important part of the quartier éphémère’s mandate. the organization is financially autonomous, funded through a combination of governmental and private sources. the darling foundry renovations will be undertaken by a collective of young montreal-based architects, ’atelier in situ’ , already active in the historical faubourg des récollets neighbourhood.
The faubourg is currently in the initial stages of a massive revitalisation, due largely to the newly established presence of multimedia firms, as well as government initiatives to support technological enterprises in the area. the establishment of a major contemporary art centre will create a focal point for artistic activity, providing facilities for artists in the community, and working to establish links between commercial enterprise and artistic practice.
The establishment of QUARTIER EPHÉMÈRE within an old industrial area in the process of redevelopment is a difficult but interesting challenge. Despite a relative isolation and a seemingly limited environment, the proximity of the downtown, the old port, and the continued developments of the Lachine Canal and the Multimedia City all provide access to an expanded public and a dynamic atmosphere.
Former use : foundry
Surface of the site : 3500 m2
Architect of the rehabilitation : Atelier in situ
Foundation year : association founded in 1994
Type of occupation : lease for 15 years
Owner of the building : Montreal city council
modulable space (concert hall, bar, restaurant, performing arts hall , multimedia room)
workshops / june 2003
photo laboratory / june 2003
Artistic and social disciplines:
Visual art : Residencies-Creation -Exhibition
MULTIMEDIA : Residencies-Creation -Production-Diffusion-trainings - debates - spaces rental - festivals
Music : rental of space, performances (sometimes)
Theatre : rental of space, performances (sometimes
for the renovation
Société de développement de Montréal
Ville de Montréal
Bureau du Canada pour le millénaire
Ministère de la culture et des communications, Québec
Ministère de la Métropole, Québec
support for the functionning
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Conseil des art de la communauté urbaine de Montréal
Conseil des arts du Canada
Ville de Montréal
D.A.I, Ministère de la Culture France
A .F.A.A., Miinstère des Affaires Etrangères français