Stewart Hall Art Gallery
Art Gallery and Kids’ Corner
Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA)
August 16 to September 27
The Stewart Hall Art Gallery is proud to host the 2020 BACA exhibition at its premises.
Introduced in 2012 by the Art Mûr gallery, the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) is a key event recognizing and supporting contemporary Aboriginal art and artists.
In Indigenous cultures, the concept of kinship goes beyond blood relations, marriage and adoption. The phrase “all our relations” acknowledges persons present and absent, including as kin non-human beings and ecosystems. The artworks in Kahwatsiretátie depict these countless affinities: between women and their elders, among people searching for home in territories where they were uprooted, between hunters and animals, or within families, creating intergenerational bonds and friendships
The public is now invited to admire the artworks in person.
August 16 to September 27
Monday to Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 1 to 9 p.m.
(Closed on Saturdays in August)
Thursday, April 23 – Launch ceremony on Facebook
- Launch of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA), 5th edition
Thursday, April 23, 5 to 8 p.m.
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- Ceremony presided over by the Elders of the Kahnawà:ke community: a moment of contemplation and recognition of the welcome given to us by the Guardians of this territory.
- Introduction of the projects: David Garneau, Faye Mullen and rudi aker, curators
- Live stream 5 à 7
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Demystifying Art Online – A word from curator David Garneau
|Listen to curator’s remarks on Contemporary Native Art Biennial, 5th edition, David Garneau, to discover the artists that will be presented at Stewart Hall Art Gallery and learn more about their artworks.
Artists: Warren Cariou, Kay Mayer, Dylan Miner, Margaret Orr, Máret Ánne Sara, Rainer Wittenborn, and Claus Biegert
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This panel discusses the curatorial and community engagement methodologies of BACA, and looks at the futures of Indigenous contemporary art in Northern Turtle Island.
Moderated by: David Garneau, curator, professor
Panelists: rudi aker, artist; Faye Mullen, artist
The Stewart Hall Art Gallery is delighted to presents Material, Mass and Dust¸ an exhibition bringing together works by David Armstrong Six, Leyla Majeri, Stefan Sollenius, and Thea Yabut. Through the materials they combine, the works of these artists awaken our senses and assert their independence in a world that seems almost analogous to ours, leading us to philosophical, ecological and political reflections.
Inspired by ideas of structure, architecture and ecology, and fuelled by a strong creative urge, the works in this exhibition straddle the border between what is recognizable and what is not. Material, mass and dust take their place in space—a space that is transformed by creations whose palpable materiality speaks for itself, and that grants to each work a soft and assertive presence.
Artists: David Armstrong Six, Leyla Majeri, Stefan Sollenius, Thea Yabut
Curator: Manel Benchabane
Leyla Majeri cultivates the object as one might cultivate a garden. Paper, cardboard and plaster, unprocessed and brightly coloured, interact with each other, negotiating with space and emerging forms. While the overlapping structures and foundations appear unstable, each element has its own specific part to play. The imagined landscape resulting from these arrangements presents a discourse, both critical and fanciful, that tries to rethink the standards we cultivate as we attempt to grasp what makes the world. In this way, Majeri’s creations reassert the ecological connections between the imaginary realm, nature and politics.
Thea Yabut takes old drawings apart, breaking them up in a mixer and adding glue, chalk and pigments. The resulting pulp is used to create forms that remind her of the animal and vegetable kingdoms. The colours emanating from her material—faint pinks and obscure greys—provide her works with an enigmatic beauty. The works of Thea Yabut blend onto the Gallery’s walls, becoming like a second skin in places.
The sculptures of David Armstrong Six are collections of shapes, textures and colours. Singular sculptures are created by the amalgamation of different materials, including plaster, glass, metal and wood. Juxtaposed masses combine with each other to create compositions that are both poetic and intriguing.
The works of Stefan Sollenius are shaped by his concern for materiality, both in daily life and everyday work. The artist asks questions about the practical side of materiality, its function in space, and its long-lastingness. While his works almost seem like furniture, cleverly blending in with the Gallery’s architecture, they also impose a strong and sensory presence. Matter—a combination of cement, sand, paint and jute—slowly deteriorates until it is nothing more than dust, revealing its intrinsic fragility and uncertain future.
The Art Gallery at a glance
The Stewart Hall Art Gallery is located on the third floor of a beautiful home built by Charles MacLean in 1905. The building was acquired by the City of Pointe-Claire from May Beatrice Stewart for a symbolic $1 in 1954 and became the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre in 1959.
Vi Duncanson, who had been instrumental in founding the Centre, became its Administrative Director. She also got the ball rolling to open an art gallery in the Centre and was officially mandated to do so with help from Evan Turner, Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Jean-Paul Morisset, Director of Extension Services at the National Gallery of Canada, Professor Winthrop Judkins of McGill University, and his wife, Helen Judkins. The Stewart Hall Art Gallery opened its doors to the public in 1963.
The MacLean residence was already an art gallery: well before the Gallery’s official opening, the attic space on the third floor was used to present exhibits.
Working mostly with contemporary art, the Art Gallery actively participates in developing Quebec and Canadian modern art by both recognizing established artists and encouraging up-and-coming artists. Through its cultural mediation programs and educational activities (workshops, lectures, screenings and meetings), the Stewart Hall Art Gallery encourages the community to get involved and helps to make art accessible to everyone.
176 Du Bord-du-Lac – Lakeshore Road (2nd floor)
Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9S 4J7
Monday to Friday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
The Boutique offers a wide selection of high-quality contemporary crafts made by over 90 Canadian artists, most of whom are from the greater Montreal area. Come see a beautiful collection of functional and decorative objects, including jewellery, stained glass, blown glass, pottery, baskets, textiles, wooden objects, and mixed media pieces.
Visit the Kids’ Corner!
The Kids’ Corner offers items for children that are designed and hand-made by local artisans.
Mandate of the Stewart Hall Art Gallery
The Stewart Hall Art Gallery presents high-quality professional exhibitions exploring a wide variety of themes, art practices, and mediums. Specializing in contemporary art, the Gallery actively supports the visual arts in Québec and Canada by acknowledging established artists and promoting emerging ones. Through its cultural mediation and educational programs – workshops, talks, films, and lectures – the Stewart Hall Art Gallery fosters community involvement and helps make art accessible to all.
Annual exhibition program
The annual program includes seven exhibitions, each lasting approximately six weeks. The exhibition organized every year from October to December is dedicated to renewing the Stewart Hall Art Rental Collection. The six other exhibitions are chosen by an internal committee responsible for the diversity and consistency of the program as a whole.
Curators and professional artists from all countries and specializing in all art forms can submit their file to the Stewart Hall Art Gallery. According to the Act respecting the professional status of artists, professional artists are dedicated to their works; exhibit, produce, or publish their works; and are recognized by their peers by way of an honourable mention, an award, a prize, a scholarship, an appointment to an adjudication committee, or by any other similar means.
The submission must contain the following elements (in French or English):
- a project statement describing the theme, approach, contents of the proposed exhibition, and the link between the various artists, if any;
- 10 to 15 images of each artist’s recent work, along with a descriptive list;
- the curriculum vitae of each artist, as well as that of the curator or any other person involved with the project if necessary;
- any other document deemed relevant for the evaluation of the file (press kit, exhibition catalogues, etc.).
Submission date and deadline
Files can be submitted year round. However, they will be analyzed only once or twice per year on an irregular basis. Please allow up to twelve months for a reply.
Out of concern for the environment, we prefer submissions sent by email. Proposals must be addressed to the Stewart Hall Art Gallery and emailed to email@example.com. For submissions sent by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like us to return your materials.
Art Rental and Sales Service
Since its creation in 1967 for Canada’s Centennial, the Art Rental and Sales Service has taken an active role in promoting and sharing art within the community. Over 110 contemporary works of art are made available annually to the public for rent or purchase.
Every year, the Art Rental and Sales Service updates its collection and invites artists to submit their works of art to panel members. The selected works of art, which include drawings, paintings, photographs, engravings and mixed media pieces, are initially put on exhibit at the Art Gallery and are then made available for sale or rent.
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The artists of the ArtduCommun collective delved into in the Pointe-Claire history archives for inspiration to create a mural that combines visual representations of different eras. The omnipresence of Lake Saint-Louis, which acts as a common thread here, reiterates the importance of water in the local history. The nautical, village and agricultural scenes are snippets of the collective memory that will be revealed to passers-by by the end of summer.
The ArtduCommun mural artist collective was founded in 2006 by Jasmin Guérard-Alie and Simon Bachand. They have created over forty murals in and around Montréal, including several large-scale works.
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176 Du Bord-du-Lac – Lakeshore Road
Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9S 4J7
The Art Gallery can be reached by buses 211, 411, 405 or 485, leaving from Lionel-Groulx metro. Visit www.stm.info for more information.
Monday to Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 to 9 p.m.
Free admission. Accessible by elevator.