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Atelier Circulaire is an artist-run centre dedicated to the creation, research, production and promotion of printmaking. Atelier Circulaire supports the work of contemporary print-based artists by encouraging the use of traditional techniques and new technologies.
Atelier Circulaire offers programs and services to professional artists and the general public. It provides a workplace and specialized equipment for intaglio, lithography, relief, screen printing and digital printing. It welcomes artists in residence, organizes exhibitions and conferences in the gallery, and offers demonstrations, courses and specialized printmaking courses.
On December 21, 1982, Atelier Circulaire was founded by Kittie Bruneau, Tim Yum Lau, Irénée Belley, Louis-Pierre Bougie, Liliane Fortier and Pierre-Léon Tétrault. Later, the presence of François Xavier Marange, artist and master printer steeped in European printmaking culture, marked the studio. The members shaped the mission of Atelier Circulaire: to create a "platform" for the transmission of traditional printmaking and work towards an illuminated rehabilitation of this artistic practice within Montreal and beyond. A gallery received solo and group exhibitions and in 1986, a regular programming is established.
In 1990, Atelier Circulaire inaugurated a new location at 40 rue Molière. Boasting a much larger space, the workshop would then be organized more efficiently. They were able to establish more defined workspaces, an exhibition space, an acid room, a dryer and a shop for the purchase of specialized printmaking supplies. An administrative coordinator was hired in 1991. The year 1994 marked the inauguration of a new lithography section, established by Christian Le Poul, Mel Boyaner and Pascal Lédée. Atelier Circulaire began to welcome its first artists in residence from abroad. In 2001, La Biennale Voir Grand, a contest in large format printmaking open to Canadian artists was created.
In 2002, Atelier Circulaire moved to the fifth floor of 5445 de Gaspé in a large and bright ten thousand square feet space. Seeking to diversify its practice of graphic arts and to adapt to new modes of production, a new digital printing workshop was established in 2005, which allowed the Atelier Circulaire to update its facilities, reflect new trends in the world of printed arts and encourage the constant redefinition of printmaking in the field of visual arts.
In January 2008, the Atelier Circulaire gallery moved to a new exhibition space on the ground floor of the same building, creating greater visibility and accessibility.
In May 2014, the gallery, along with five other galleries (OPTICA, le Centre Clark, Dazibao, Diagonale and Occurrence), constituted the new major artistic centre in the Mile-End district of Montreal. This new and improved space offers artists twice as much hanging space as our old gallery thanks to a system of movable walls.
This project was made possible thanks to financial support through a partnership between the Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec and the City of Montreal to safeguard artists' studios in Montreal. The De Gaspé project is led by the group Pied Carré, a non-profit association of artists, artisans, workers and cultural organizations.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dominique Valade, president (Member - PHD in Art Studies & Practices)
Alexandre Fortin, vice-president (Member - Sculptor-Molder)
Nicolas Prod'homme, administrator (Member - Art History Master)
Rene Donais, administrator (Member - Collector of Prints)
Renee Gelinas, administrator (Member - Cultural Worker)
Mihaela Marineau, treasurer (Non-member - Lawyer)
Stefan Rishikof, administrator (Non-member - M.B.A. Finance & International Business Marketing)
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Mathieu Matthew Conway
Digital Studio Coordinator
Screen Printing Coordinator
Wah Wing Chan
Storekeeper & Maintenance
SUPPORT OUR ACTIVITIES
Support our activities and our artists by giving a donation to Atelier Circulaire.
We are entitled by the fiscal sponsorship program of Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM) to give a tax receipt for your donation.
You can send donations to the following address:
5445, av. de Gaspé espace 105
Montréal (Québec) H2T 3B2
Please make your check payable to Atelier Circulaire
Atelier Circulaire thanks its members, and its funding partners: the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Ville de Montréal, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Emploi-Québec, Forum Jeunesse de l'île de Montréal and Regroupement Pied Carré.