MONTREAL, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - During a press dinner, Loto-Québec announced the launch of L'art de partager cultural program to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its collection of contemporary works of art. Thematic exhibitions, organized in cooperation with experienced partners, and specially-tailored exhibitions will tour the province, free of charge, to enable the Collection Loto-Québec to better fulfill its mission.
"Acquisition and promotion are at the heart of this program which, in addition to supporting promoters, will enable all Quebecers to get closer to their heritage," said Louis Pelletier, Curator and Co-founder of the Collection. Mr. Pelletier said he was particularly proud of the long-term loan projects, developed in cooperation with the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
Sophie Faucher, spokesperson for the Collection Loto-Québec's 35th anniversary events, is enthusiastic about the idea of "sowing and reaping beauty in the regions" with the two-year tour throughout the province of the Territoires imaginés, par les artistes de la Collection Loto-Québec exhibition. The tour will make stops in Sherbrooke, Saint-Jérôme, Rouyn-Noranda and Jonquière. A special edition of the Repérage program of sales exhibitions will be held in order to further enrich the Collection, which now boasts over 4,600 works.
In addition, people in the areas visited by the Territoires imaginés, par les artistes de la Collection Loto-Québec exhibition will be invited to participate in a huge collective environmental work by artist Giorgia Volpe. "My dream was to see this project, which combines the arts, the environment and the community, travel and grow. The Collection will make that dream a reality," said the artist, whose work, Territoire imaginé, was purchased during a sales exhibition and provided the title for the major exhibition.
Thanks to Fred Pellerin's special collaboration in the Territoires imaginés exhibition, a green project will be produced at each stop of the tour. For Alain Webster, Vice Rector of Sustainable Development and Government Relations, and in charge of the Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke, "Loto-Québec's approach illustrates the importance and the diversity of the ties between culture and sustainable development, and is clearly in keeping with the University's vision." Finally, the International Festival of Films on Art is also among the partners who enhance Loto-Québec's offering with free showings of one or more films in the regions hosting a thematic exhibition.
In addition to presenting thematic exhibitions in the regions, the Collection Loto-Québec organizes tailored satellite exhibitions in cooperation with cultural partners in venues that cannot accommodate major exhibitions. Loto-Québec is therefore proud to announce its partnership with the Accès culture Montréal network, which will host a Collection exhibition in two of Montréal's cultural centres. "Promoters are delighted to have access to these jewels of our heritage and to provide a springboard for up-and-coming artists. It is a natural partnership," concluded Paul Langlois, Head of the Cultural Action and Partnerships Division at the City of Montréal's Culture and Heritage Department.
The initiative's name is especially appropriate: Collection Loto-Québec: The Art of Sharing will enable more Quebecers to appreciate all the works acquired over the past 35 years. Now, after 8 years of existence, 27 exhibitions and over 105,000 visitors, Espace Création will close to launch the Collection on its travels to delight a wider public throughout Québec.
About the Collection Loto-Québec
The Collection Loto-Québec boasts over 4,600 works produced by some 1,200 artists. The Collection has established itself as an important link in Québec's artistic heritage by encouraging the production of contemporary visual arts and contributing to the promotion of local artists. The Collection Loto-Québec pursues that double mission by acquiring works of art and ensuring their promotion, free of charge, throughout Québec. Every year, Loto-Québec sets aside 0.1% of its revenues to acquire works of art.
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