Les baux et les arts

Free courses designed for artists to learn how to protect their rights and negotiate leases for artists’ studios

Registration opening date: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Artistic disciplines: Professional artists primarily engaged in the visual arts and craft arts

The Conseil des arts de Montréal, in collaboration with the City of Montréal, is launching new initiatives to support artists and artist collectives in the development and sustainability of artists’ studios. Des Baux et des Arts includes a series of workshops and the publication of legal tools, developed in conjunction with Éducaloi, designed to give artists the tools to negotiate and manage their leases. These tools help guide them in through the process of renting studios and creative spaces. They provide artists with a wide range of useful legal information on their obligations and the protection of their rights.


Training consists of 2-hour online workshops for up to 15 participants. These workshops are free of charge.


Workshop 1 : January 28, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Workshop 2 : February 10, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Workshop 3 : February 22, 2021 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Workshop 4 : February 23, 2021 from 12 p.m to 2 p.m.

Additional tools

Beginning in February 2021, Éducaloi will also produce and make available information videos, as well as the legal practical guide, Des Baux et des Arts.

Registration procedure

This program is intended for Montreal professional artists who have a current or upcoming studio rental project. To register for a workshop, interested artists must express their interest by sending an e-mail to Mélanie Courtois (melanie.courtois@montreal.ca), indicating the following information:

the desired training date

their artistic practice

their telephone number

Two supporting documents must also be attached to the email:

a proof of professional artist status: copy of RAAV, CMAQ or artist’s CV card

a proof of residence

The artists will then be contacted by the City of Montreal's culture department to confirm their registration. These free courses have a limited number of enrollments.


Mélanie Courtois, Planning Advisor - Artists' Studios

City of Montréal, Service de la Culture