Building on the success of Community Supported Agriculture Projects, local group of artists, curators, and art-lovers introduce a new art subscription offering designed to bring Montreal’s artists and citizens closer together
MONTRÉAL, JULY 21 2015 — Partage Montréal (Partage) a local, not for profit, community supported art collective invites all Montréalers to participate in its initial offering of art subscriptions which will be made available online on July 30, 2015 at 11h00 EST. This new initiative undertaken by a small group of local artists, curators, and art lovers is designed to both introduce locals to the vibrant art scene in Montréal, and help to stimulate the creative economy by employing emerging and mid-career artists and curators. Each subscription will entitle the subscriber to a carefully curated collection of six limited edition works of art specifically created for Partage Montréal, which will be delivered in the autumn in two ‘harvests’ of three works each. The artwork will remain a delightful mystery until the night of the harvest.
Partage Montréal builds on the success of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model but replaces the Agriculture with Art. We believe that artists need to be cultivated and that as art lovers we all benefit if we contribute to the work done by members of the city’s creative community. Partage seeks to offer an easy introduction to the art world for the new collector, and to build on the arts community in Montreal.
Central to this model is the role of the curator. The curator is an individual that sets a vision for the collection and leverages their deep knowledge of the Montreal arts scene to find just the right mix of artists to deliver the season’s collection. Partage has selected Rhonda Meier as the curator responsible for our inaugural 2015 collection. Ms. Meier obtained her MFA in Art History from Concordia University and has been an independent curator, writer, and editor in Montreal for almost twenty years. She has worked as an educator at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and published writing in Canadian Art, C Magazine, and Changing Hands (Museum of Arts and Design, New York).
“I’m honoured to be a part of this innovative and important new initiative here in Montreal,” stated Rhonda Meier. “Broadening the awareness and appreciation of the vibrant and world-class arts scene in Montreal is something that I have always seen as an important part of my curatorial practice. Introducing my fellow Montrealers to some of the exciting artists that are creating art right here in the city, while at the same time providing much needed economic stimulation to the creative economy is just thrilling to me.”
“We saw a need to provide a point of entry for new collectors to the Montreal arts scene, and to strengthen our local creative economy, especially for early- and mid-career artists,” said Karen Lampcov, President and founding member of Partage Montreal. “Partage is meant to be accessible to a broad section of the community, and aims to build direct and long term relationship between collectors and artists. While subscribers won’t know what the collection will look like, they will know that the curator and artists are ensuring a quality ‘harvest’ produced by some of the most interesting creative minds the city has to offer.”
The curatorial vision and the initial list of artists will be revealed on July 20, 2015. Subscriptions to Partage Montréal will go on sale at 11h00 EST July 30, 2015 online at http://www.partagemontreal.ca/subscribe. Each subscription will cost $360 CAD and will entitle the subscriber to one collection of six limited edition works of art created specifically for Partage subscribers, delivered in two batches in the autumn of 2015. Partage limits the number of subscriptions on offer to ensure the uniqueness of the production, and to provide subscribers with a collection that is distinctive and meaningful.
To find out more about Partage Montréal and our 2015 Curator, Rhonda Meier, please visit: http://www.partagemontreal.ca
About Partage Montreal
Founded in 2015, Partage Montreal is a collective of artists, curators, and art-lovers who are passionate about the Montreal arts scene. The collective seeks to broaden the awareness of and accessibility to the creative products of our local artists and curators, while at the same time implementing an economic model that will help sustain and encourage the creative economy. Partage Montreal is a not for profit organization run by volunteers. This local project is modelled on the Community Supported Art program in Minnesota, created by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts. For more information about Partage Montreal, or to get involved with our organization, visit: www.partagemontreal.ca.