The Montreal Printed Arts Festival (FAIMTL) proposes to show the liveliness of the printed arts community in Quebec.
“Free activities to discover the evolution of the printed arts…”
The headquarters in 2022 will occupy, like the last pre-pandemic edition in 2019, the premises of the WIP (Work In Progress), 3487 Saint-Laurent where several events will take place such as the launch of printed works and fanzines, a printing workshop for children, presentations by artists and the Great Printed Art Fair.
During the 10 days of the Festival, you will also be invited to satellite events at the many partners of the festival: demonstrations of printing methods at the centers of production of printed art, openings and exhibitions and guided tours at various centers of archives.
The Montreal Printed Arts Festival was developed in 2015 by a committee of industry players, including print art artist centers and distributors, who identified a lack of public exposure for this rapidly growing practice in Quebec.
The first edition was held from April 28 to May 7, 2016.
In 2017, the Great Printed Art Fair returned in May as part of the Chromatic Festival, where around fifty artists were able to meet the general public with several printing workshops for children on site.
The Printed Arts Festival is back in force in 2019, held from April 4 to 14. During these 10 days, the various actors of the printed arts of Montreal and elsewhere offered exhibitions, workshops, conferences and presentations in addition to the Great Printed Art Fair.
The theme of the festival aimed to explore “other” spaces occupied by the printed arts, namely public spaces and virtual spaces.
The headquarters occupied the premises of the WIP (Work In Progress), 3487 Saint-Laurent where several events took place: exhibition of Marilou André and Galerie galerie, a conference on augmented reality and printed art, the Great Fair of printed art, a Pecha Kucha evening, an evening of collective poster creation and a workshop for children presented by Perte de signal.
During the 10 days of the Festival, there were also satellite events with partners at Arprim, thematic visits to the BaNQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and to the Artexte center, and a launch of Ileana Hernandez’s project for the showcase of the printing press). In a more furtive way, the Zocalo distributed to the headquarters and in partner places fanzines created during a workshop given by Myriam Tousignant and Mélodie Vachon Boucher, and Collectif blanc distributed a selection of projects related to the theme on its social networks. .
The GREAT Printed Art Fair brought together more than 50 artists and organizations, exhibitors who presented their works directly. Screen printing, printmaking, and all the forms of printed art you already know were there.
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The 2022 Montreal Printed Arts Festival is a production of ARCMTL in partnership with ARPRIM and Zocalo artist centers, and is made possible in part with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montreal and the Canada Council for the Arts.