Our Mission, Our vision
articule is an open-access artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation of a broad range of contemporary practices. Through our various programming channels, we strive for artistic excellence, interdisciplinarity and social engagement. Our open structure encourages the direct participation of an active and diverse membership on both programming and organizational levels.
articule’s programming aims to provoke dialogue, to foster critical thinking and to promote a diversity of practices and experiences in the artistic and social realms. Open to all disciplines, we present exhibitions, action-, and research-based works. We curate events, such as screenings, and forums, to explore specific themes or artistic practices. We also support “undisciplined” practices and projects that manifest themselves in site-specific contexts or alternative locations.
Through our engaging programming, we offer a fertile space for creativity — both to our organization and a diverse public.
articule was founded in 1979 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1980 by a group of young artists who wanted to create a place for multidisciplinary presentation focused on research and artistic experimentation.
Since 1979, articule has supported a great number of young artists, offering many a first opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional environment. At the same time, the centre has given the public the opportunity to discover artists of international renown. Among such artists are Marie Chouinard (1979), François Morelli, Stephen Scholfield, (1980-81), Lisa Steele, Pierre Falardeau (1982-83), Bill Vazan, Michael Snow, Chris Burden (1983-84), Martha Rosler (1984-85), Ed Pien (1985-1986), Peter Doig (1989-1990), Robert Houle (1991-1992), Pipilotti Rist (1993-94), John Giorno (1996-97), Dena Davida, (1998-99), Julie-Andrée T. (2000-01), Evergon (2001-02), Gary Neil Kennedy (2003-04), Carolee Schneemann, (2005-06), Kelly Richardson (2007) Nelson Henricks (2008), Aleesa Cohene (2008), Greg Staats (2011), Carl Trahan (2012) and Marigold Santos (2013).
In 2011 staff and members started a process to become more inclusive and diverse in terms of membership, staffing, and programming, leading to the founding of the Fabulous (Anti-Oppression) Committee. articule committed to working towards becoming a centre rooted in anti-oppressive and decolonial practices. In 2012 the centre held its first edition of Montreal Monochrome?, a conference aimed at addressing the mis- and under-representation and systemic oppression of marginalized groups in Montreal’s contemporary art milieu. It grew into a multi-day interdisciplinary gathering and became the centre’s annual flagship event. In 2018 articule adopted its Basis of Unity - a list of values that lives alongside its mandate, and guides the development of both programming and policy at the centre. Today, we proudly continue our commitment to social engagement and experimental art practices, and work continuously towards greater inclusivity.