Experience art as it is created: twelve artists at work, coming from Quebec City and Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Canada as well as from France, Switzerland and Senegal.

Exchange and lively discussions, and talks given by the artists, art critics and writers will interact directly with the public.

The Symposium in a few words

The International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul is a unique Quebec event. 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, more than 30 years and counting

Over the last 30 years the Symposium has welcomed more than 400 artists from 28 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa and many 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 participated.

In the past, the Symposium has served as a stepping stone for many emerging artists such as Simon Bertrand, Myriam Dion and Séripop, and more recently during the 2015 edition, it welcomed artists such as Christopher Boyne, Mathieu Cardin, Annie Descôteaux, Anna Hawkins and David Martineau Lachance whose work has been shown numerous times since.

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