AN EXHIBITION SPACE / A FEMINIST AND QUEER MANDATE / A TEAM OF CULTURAL OUTREACH WORKERS
Made up of artists, instructors and cultural workers with varied artistic practices, the educational committee of La Centrale works to develop and strengthen relationships with diverse communities and audiences.
Two projects are currently underway: the development of a practical educational toolkit on feminist art and a series of events within the framework of the Plan Q at various CEGEPS in the Montreal area.
WORKSHOPS ON THE DISCOVERY OF ART FROM FEMINIST POINTS OF VIEW
This first workshops will prepare the founding educational committee members to work with educational tools stemming from readings on art history from a feminist point of view. The objective is to then offer workshops with the intention of:
- offering an introductory discussion on the history of women artists, on their practices, and its contemporary relevance.
- an analysis of the specific approach(es) of one or several artistes.
- a hands-on workshop focusing on individual artistic creation.
Each workshop will use exhibition in the La Centrale gallery as the point of departure for the workshops. We will explore the points of view, conceptual frameworks and themes of the artist and its relations to contemporary art. The workshops are aimed at encouraging a dialogue of exchange, so that participants can discover various artistic practices, followed by activities that will encourage the development of their personal forms of expression.
The committee’s objective is the creation of a space and opportunity for participants to be active authors of their critical approaches. These educational activities lead by La Centrale can be adapted to suit the needs of diverse community groups, schools and education institutions and its varying age groups – our central objective is to provide the space for each group to become more familiar, comfortable and active within the world of art.
La Centrale is opened to working with any groups interested in acquiring more general knowledge on what is at stake in feminism and the creativity of the contemporary women artists.
QUEER IN THE ARTS - WHEN VIDEO ART INVESTIGATES AND FEEDS QUEER POLITICS
Workshop series presented as part of Project Plan Q
Atelier designed by Coco Riot, with artistic contributions from Lamathilde, Rémy Huberdeau and Coco Riot
The Plan Q is a series of province-wide events within CÉGEPS, aimed at approaching, without taboos, issues surrounding gender and sexuality within an open space for dialogue and creativity. It aims to combat LGBT phobia and sexism with a Queer and feminist approach.
La Centrale also wishes to underline its participation with the project PLAN Q, created in association with the (ASSÉ), Association for Student Labor-union Solidarity, (CJMLH) Coalition Montreal Youth of Fight Homophobia and PolitiQ (queers united).
These workshops propose, through the analysis of contemporary videos, a consideration of the complex notions of gender and the sexualities. Through networking events, presentations, movie screenings, and discussions with students and mediators, in addition an accompanying zine and DVD, an inspiring course of action is available for participants. Our goal is to encourage groups of students interested in these subjects and to provide them with educational and creative tools to realize their projects.
In order to expand the accessibility of each exhibition presented in the gallery, the educational committee is developing innovative educational tools. Among its various educational tools, the La Centrale website is a valuable source. It offers numerous images of each exhibition, accompanied by informative texts, audio conversations with artists and curators (in MP3), as well as archives of past exhibitions.
** For more information on the project and to obtain a list of workshops offered by the Plan Q or to get your copy of the .pdf of the Plan Q ZINE: