Montreal Printed Arts Festival
The Montreal Printed Arts Festival (MTLPAF) displays the incredible vitality of the printmaking scene in the Montreal area, from the perspective of overstepping the marks. It will comprise a programming of various free activities, such as exhibits, workshop visits, technical demonstrations, meetings with artists, lectures and a huge printed art fair, which will provide you an opportunity to discover the evolution of contemporary printmaking, in its multidisciplinarity and hybridism.
The festival's 2019 edition's theme
Out of frame: other spaces to occupy
When relating to public space, medium boundaries and technical constraints related to the printed arts dissolve, opening up new possibilities. The social dimension of printed arts, ever present in the practice with pamphlets, posters, fanzines, for example – in each case, easy to make and distribute and allowing the free circulation of ideas – is reborn and redefines itself when the printed arts take on new form and are deployed or articulated through the public space. The public space means the common space, but also public forums such as medias and social networks. By occupying the public space, the printed arts occupy the social space.
The virtual space enables the utilization of the languages and the esthetics of printed arts while redefining them and proposing new codes, new interpretations. Digital technologies which, in recent years, have shaken up traditional practices and often facilitated the execution of the works, now lead to new devices, such as augmented reality, which offer a novel space for creation and diffusion. While maintaining the technical constraints, making them even more complex or, at least, requiring a completely different set of technical skills, the virtual constructs a brand new space which multiplies the possibilities offered by paper.
The printed arts can occupy those “other” spaces by different means: using the techniques and expertise specific to their practice, or through the languages, codes and esthetics of the discipline. In all cases, their medium, tool or technique are transformed.
The theme of this first edition is “Pushing the limits of printmaking.” How are printmaking practices evolving or reacting to the digital age, how do traditional techniques persist, where is the expanding nature of pluridisciplinary practices leading?
The theme will be explored in a round-table discussion on Saturday, May 7, featuring the artists
Zocalo, printmaking artists’ centre
80, rue Saint-Jean,
Vieux-Longueuil J4H 2W9
(Longueuil-Université de Sherbrooke subway station)
ARCMTL - Expozine
ARCMTL, C.P. 55052,
Montreal H2T 3E2
3910 Sainte-Catherine Street East
Montreal H1W 2G4
The success of a cultural event such as the Montreal Printed Art Festival (MTLPAF) is based on the contribution of a range of partners and a team. We thank the following organizations and individuals for their participation in the organization of MTLPAF.
L’équipe de l’Atelier Circulaire – Centre d’arts imprimés
L’équipe d’Arprim – Centre d’essai en art imprimé
Zocalo – Centre d’artistes en art imprimé
BAnQ Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie
Maison de la culture de Villeray – Saint-Michel – Parc-Extension
Mély Garde, communication assistant at Atelier Circulaire, for the visual and graphic design of MTLPAF
Bureau des festivals et des événements culturels de la Ville de Montréal
Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Ville de Longueuil
Maison de la culture de Longueuil
Vineyard Bodegas Nieto Senetiner
Fromagerie du Vieux St-François
Regroupement Pied Carré
Occurrence – Espace d’art et d’essai contemporain
Union des artistes
Katasoho, printing and design
Dazibao, Centre de photographies actuelle
Optica, Centre d'art contemporain
Occurence, Galerie d'art contemporain
Clark, Centre d'art et de diffusion