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Announcement of theme 28 – Public Art

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Public art is a very broad concept. The first thing one usually thinks of when speaking of public art, is art works in outdoor public spaces, such as sculptures, statues, murals. But public art also includes works in indoor public places, like subways. Note also that public art can be permanent, semi-permanent, or sometimes ephemeral, as when it calls upon performance. André-Louis Paré, Director and Editor in Chief of the journal Espace, reminded us of these considerations in a webinar held earlier in 2021 on the IAAC Canada Facebook page.

Jean Brillant, De même souche, 2011. Photo : Romain Guilbault

By definition, public art is accessible; it enables a democratization of art from the outset. One can often interact with the works, sometimes even touch them. This proximity can elicit amazement and reflection, especially if the work is found in an unexpected place.

When working on an installation, location is your primary concern, as Annie Pelletier points out in this (accomplished) video segment from La Fabrique Culturelle: La femme qui habite la marina.

👉 For the present call for proposals, we invite you to first think of a public space that you find inspiring and that you think would need an art piece. What is the history of the place? Is there a particular architectural or geological feature that strikes you? What story would you like to tell to reveal the secrets of this space? What kind of creative work would help you tell its story? A photo-montage, a performance, a sculptural installation, Land Art?

News this month:

➔ Ville de Joliette is inviting you to enter its contest: eight creative submissions to Quarantined Museum will be selected by their jury for displaying on large outdoor billboards along the path of the riverfront part (parc Riverain), in Joliette, from October 2021 to January 2022. All the details here (in French) : concours de la Ville de Joliette

Happy creativity!

This article was written by Julie Armstrong-Boileau, Head of Communications and Marketing, Musée d’art de Joliette.

Sept œuvres du sculpteur Jean Brillant sont à découvrir le long de la piste cyclable aux abords de la rivière L’Assomption, du parc Louis-Querbes au parc Renaud, en passant par le terrain extérieur du Musée.

Jean Brillant, De même souche, 2011. Photo : Romain Guilbault


You have until September 30, noon, to send us your creative proposals inspired by this month’s theme. The exhibition will be online Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Click here to learn how to participate.

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