Providing cultural and economic drive : artists at the heart of urban renewal


Ensuring the presence of artists in the neighbourhoods

In an area recognized for its high concentration of cultural players, Mile End in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, combined efforts have made it possible to launch work on a cultural hub, the Pôle de création et de diffusion de Gaspé. As a result, more than 180,000 ft2 located in an industrial building will be reserved for artists’ studios. The non-profit organization Pied Carré (Pi2) and Ateliers créatifs Montréal are working together to ensure that artists, artisans and cultural organizations have access to spaces adapted to their creative needs.

In addition, the ground floor of the building at 5445–5455 De Gaspé Avenue will become a major exhibition hub for six visual arts organizations: Centre d’art et de diffusion Clark, Atelier Circulaire, Diagonale – Centre des arts et des fibres du Québec, Dazibao – Centre d’animation et d’exposition photo, Occurrence – Espace d’art et d’essai contemporain and Optica. Others can always join them.

A few blocks away, the heritage Bovril Building on the corner of Park Avenue and Van Horne has set aside three stories for the arts. Close to 15,000 ft2 will make it possible to properly accommodate artists and artisans, some of whom have been there for more than a decade. Here again, in another great example of synergy, the non-profit Ateliers créatifs Montréal (ACM) saw to the realization of this project, bringing various community stakeholders on board.