Concerning the Symposium

Experience art as it is created: twelve artists at work, who come from Quebec City, Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Canada as well as from France and the United States.

Have exchanges and lively discussions with the artists, view on-the-spot painting sessions, tableau vivant, an installation-performance using technology, go to talks with artists, critics and curators, and much more.


The Symposium in Brief

In 1982, Françoise Labbé founded the Symposium international de la jeune peinture du Canada. Now called the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie Saint Paul, this is a unique event in Quebec and recognized across Canada and abroad.

For one month each year, twelve artists from different generations and various disciplines are invited to create an artwork on a chosen theme in full view of the public. The program has recently added talks, artist’s presentations, intriguing kiosks and projections related to the theme.


The Symposium, 35 Years

Over the past 35 years, the Symposium has welcomed more than 500 artists from 30 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

Many of them are artists of renown, such as Raymonde April, René Derouin, Marc Séguin, Françoise Sullivan and the BGL group from Quebec City. Celebrated Canadian artists that include Rebecca Belmore, Shary Boyle, Tammi Campbell, Herménégilde Chiasson and Graeme Patterson have also presented their work here.

In the past, the Symposium has served as a stepping stone for many emerging artists, notably in2015 and 2016, for Christopher Boyne, Mathieu Cardin, Annie Descôteaux, Camille Bernard-Gravel, Samuel Breton, Geneviève Chevalier and Frédéric Cordier, whose work has since been exhibited numerous times.

More recent Symposiums have let us discover the work of Nicole Bauberger from the Yukon, Michèle Mackasey from Saskatchewan, Mireille Perron from Alberta, as well as Mirimari Vayrinen from Finland, Thibault Laget-ro, Bernard Pourrière and Anne-Sophie Turion from France and Momar Seck from Switzerland and Senegal.

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