New Artistic Practices Now Referred to as Non-Traditional Artistic Practices


December 8 2021


The Conseil



The world around us is constantly changing, and the arts milieu is no exception. Starting January 1, 2022, the Conseil will use the name “non-traditional artistic practices” to refer to what it used to call “new artistic practices.”

Why the change?

To better reflect the realities of the new artistic practices and multidisciplinary sectors, which have seen major transformations in recent years, the names and definitions used for these two categories have been revised. The changes come in response to the recommendations of the evaluation committee for new artistic practices and multidisciplinary sector practices, chaired by Marie-Christine Dufour.

New definition of non-traditional artistic practices:

Non-traditional artistic practices are generally characterized by the exploration of new research, creation or production practices, experimentation with novel collaborations and/or innovative presentation methods. They reflect a desire to break out of traditionally supported disciplines and to juxtapose or merge them.

The artistic process that lies at the heart of these practices reveals an intention to challenge existing and established frameworks, including the performance venue or non-venue, stakeholders and their roles, and the encounter (or non-encounter) with spectators or an audience. They can include but are not limited to the following: interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary art, politically or socially engaged art, relationship-based or community-based art as well as collaborations between art and other spheres of society (science, sports, environment, technology, etc.) and rituals. 

Impact on the application and evaluation processes

If your organization or collective previously applied in the New artistic practices category, your application will be transferred automatically to the non-traditional artistic practices category. Your future applications will be evaluated by a distinct, newly created committee in charge of non-traditional artistic practices. We remind you that the choice of discipline that you identify for your practices and for which you wish to be evaluated is entirely up to you.

If your organization or collective previously applied in the multidisciplinary category, your application will continue to be evaluated in the same category, the name and definition of which have not changed. However, from now on your future applications will be evaluated by a distinct committee in charge of the multidisciplinary category. The two committees will be chaired by a single person, but the evaluation process will be distinct and carried out by separate peer evaluators.


Any questions?

Julien Valmary
Julien Valmary
Support and Philanthropy Director

514 280-3585