Event CALL FOR ARTISTS : Artch 2020


What is Artch?

Artch is an initiative by Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Montréal Centre-Ville (CJE), Art Souterrain and Jack Marketing, in collaboration with Destination Centre-Ville, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Concordia University, and supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The project came naturally into place in alignment with the initial strengths and missions of each partner. This alliance, marked by rich and diverse skill set, allows for a complete approach to the project.

Artch’s mission is to create a firmly rooted emerging contemporary art market in downtown Montreal by orchestrating a new happening for enthusiasts, visual art professionals and the public. The public space thus becomes a dissemination platform for emerging artists in the visual arts. Pop-up installations combining design, urban planning and architecture will showcase the works while creating an immersive experience for buyers, passersby and professionals alike.

Artch is a sharing platform whose goal is to promote emerging artists by offering them training and putting them in touch with the business community. The project is also focused on training new collectors, mobilizing cultural players and introducing the public to the visual arts.

To best achieve these goals, Artch centres around two main actions for artists:

Eligibility criteria

This program is designed exclusively for individual artists in the field of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, object (sculpture), and we are proud to introduce an all-new category: performing arts projects.

What are the requirements?

To be aged 35 years or under as of October 1, 2020

To have less than 5 years of professional experience as an artist

To identify yourself as a professional artist

To live and work in Québec

To be a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada

The following are not eligible:
  • Artistic collective projects
  • Artists living outside Quebec
  • Artists with refugee status or working under a Working Holiday Program (WHP)
  • Visual artists with a practice in installation, sound art, video or performance
  • Incomplete applications
  • Applications received after the deadline

More information : http://artch.org/en/call-for-artists4/

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Art Souterrain
2020 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3J 1R8



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A permanent team works on the festival and the various projects every year and we offer internships and volunteering on different missions to help us in our mandate.