23 emerging artists
occupy Dorchester Square

Artch, Montreal’s biggest outdoor art gallery, will take place from September 12 to 15

The second edition of Artch, the contemporary art exhibition regrouping emerging artists in Montreal, will take place from September 12 to 15 at Dorchester Square. The event will host the most promising emerging contemporary artists of the province, with 23 exceptional artists out of 145 applicants selected by an expert jury in contemporary arts. This event is a unique opportunity to discover new artists and to admire more than 100 exhibited artworks. Artistic performances will also take place throughout the four days.

Artch is an incredible platform to facilitate the budding of our most promising talents. It’s an appointment to better understand contemporary art, to discover and meet exceptional artists.

Frédéric Loury, founder and general director at Art Souterrain, and co-founder of Artch

“It is important to note that artists keep 98% of their artwork sale profits made during the event”, added Martin Choquette, Executive Director of the CJE Montréal Centre-Ville and also co-founder of Artch. “… these artists benefit from high-level training allowing them to become art entrepreneurs. Our mandate is to help them propel themselves, in addition to offering them an original exhibition in order to give them notoriety.”

Artistic entrepreneurship

Pertaining to Quebec’s emerging contemporary art artists of 35 years old and under, Artch is a complete program that accompanies and gives them tools in their artistic entrepreneurship projects. Each of the 23 artists participating in Artch receives a $1000 grant thanks to Loto Quebec, UQAM and Concordia University, as well as a 52 hours of training on artistic entrepreneurship. It is an occasion for them to benefit from the expertise of renown specialists by attending workshops and training sessions on various subjects. Additionally, the artists are supported by a seasoned team in their production process until the big exhibition.

“Loto-Québec has continued its commitment to the visual and emerging arts community here in Quebec for the past 40 years. We are proud to partner with Artch and allow the artists of the 2019 cohort to propel themselves, in addition to offering them an original showcase in order to give them notoriety,” says Éric Meunier, director responsible for gaming, communications and the societal commitment of Loto Québec, a talent booster partner for Artch.

‘… each artist will have their own mediator whose role will be to explain the artistic essence and methods used. The objective is to equip visitors with the tools to appreciate the art pieces.’

Artch, a major exhibition

The purpose of the event is to highlight each artist and his work in ways that create an immersive experience for visitors. In parallel, the visitors are able to attend introductory workshops for workers and families.

In addition to discovering over a hundred works hung within a unique structure, visitors will partake in different experiences. A group of concierges, composed of art students, will be deployed to guide them and facilitate the discovery of the artistic offer. In addition, each artist will have their own mediator whose role will be to explain the artistic essence and methods used. The objective is to equip visitors with the tools to appreciate the art pieces.


Artch is the fusion of the words “art” and “market” in French. This initiative was born thanks to two organizations wishing to open this market to the largest possible audience:

Art Souterrain, whose mandate is to make visual art accessible to a wide audience by removing it from traditional exhibition venues.

Carrefour Jeunesse-emploi Montréal Centre-ville, which accompanies young people between the ages of 16 and 35 by motivating and guiding them in the pursuit of their educational, professional, creative or entrepreneurial projects aimed at finding their place on the job market.


Destination Centre-Ville, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ and Jack Marketing

Public sponsors
Conseil des arts de Montréal and Arrondissement de Ville-Marie

RBC, Fondation J. Armand Bombardier, Fondation de la famille Claudine et Stephen Bronfman and Power Corporation du Canada

Partners propelling artistic talents
Loto Québec, UQAM and Concordia University

Images : ARTCH 2019

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Artch aims to support and promote the succession of artists in contemporary art. A real crossroads of contemporary art emerging in downtown Montreal, Artch is the new meeting place for amateurs, visual arts professionals and the general public.

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