January 30 2018

Concrete solutions for recognizing professional practices in visual arts arising from Indigeneity and diversity in Montreal

Montreal, January 30, 2018—Today, the Conseil des arts de Montréal unveiled the results of the study carried out by Jean-Philippe Uzel, Professor in the Department of Art History of the Université du Québec à Montréal, on professional practices in visual arts arising from Indigeneity and diversity in Montreal. This study identifies the challenges and obstacles these underrepresented artists face and offers 15 practical recommendations.

The hundred or so researchers, artists, and visual arts practitioners from Montreal in attendance for the unveiling and the day of reflection were presented with these recommendations, some of which have already been implemented at the Conseil.

Launch of the study Professional practices in visual arts arising
from Indigeneity and diversity in Montreal
. Photo: Alex Paillon.


Establishment of an Indigenous arts committee
The Conseil presented the creation of an Indigenous arts committee, for which Hannah Claus, the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s first Aboriginal artist member, will act as the liaison. The committee will independently establish its objectives, procedures, and methodology to guide the Conseil in the decisions and actions it must take to ensure the support, development, recognition, and reach of Indigenous artists.

“For the past ten years, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has lead the way in creating a space for cultural diversity in the arts. We hope to go even further by acknowledging the needs of artists from underrepresented groups in society, particularly Indigenous and culturally diverse artists,” said Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Cultural Diversity Prize in Visual Arts
“Inclusiveness is a priority set forth both in the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s strategic plan, and in Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy. We are cognizant of the importance of making up for lost time to ensure that our Cultural Metropolis better reflects its citizens, which is why we thought it essential to join forces in this way. The City of Montreal is happy to collaborate in the creation of this new prize dedicated to our culturally diverse artists, as it provides well-deserved recognition,” said Christine Gosselin, member of the executive committee responsible for heritage, culture and design at the City of Montreal.

In the same vein, 2018 will also mark the first year of the Cultural Diversity Prize in Visual Arts, which recognizes the outstanding creative practices of culturally diverse artists. This new prize, which was created in collaboration with the City of Montreal, will be awarded to mid-career artists exclusively.

The study, Professional practices in visual arts arising from Indigeneity and diversity in Montreal, is available on the Conseil des arts de Montréal website:
Highlights (french)
Highlights and recommendations (available in English)
Full-length version (french)

About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic endeavours. It encourages openness, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape, thanks to its initiatives. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”