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Art Matters.
Canada's largest student-run arts festival.

2024

February 24th to March 31st.

The themes of this year’s festival are play and process. The themes address our desire to facilitate spaces that encourage creation and connection outside of arbitrary restrictions of what we may have been taught art is “supposed” to be. We are giving each other permission to play, to express ourselves freely. This year’s festival seeks to produce an artistic sandbox that fosters interdisciplinary connection, honors creation in all its stages, and encourages our community to be curious.

Art Matters 2024 honors the liminal space between conception and realization, where anything is possible and rules are ambiguous or cease to exist. How can we engage with who we were and what it means to be an artist as a child, outside of any internally or societally imposed limitations on creativity?

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I ask the layers what they want

I ask the layers what they want

Please Speak to the Material
27 Feb
11:00 am
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8 Mar
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Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Cruising Ground

Cruising Ground

Please Speak to the Material
27 Feb
11:00 am
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8 Mar
5:30 pm
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Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Ocean Simulation

Ocean Simulation

Please Speak to the Material
27 Feb
11:00 am
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8 Mar
5:30 pm
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Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

Please Speak to the Material
27 Feb
11:00 am
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8 Mar
5:30 pm
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Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Memory Thread

Memory Thread

Please Speak to the Material
27 Feb
11:00 am
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8 Mar
5:30 pm
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Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Lint, Flour, Thread and a Domestic Sparrow

Lint, Flour, Thread and a Domestic Sparrow

Please Speak to the Material
27 Feb
11:00 am
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8 Mar
5:30 pm
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Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain
untitled (cement frog sculpture)

untitled (cement frog sculpture)

Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds
28 Feb
12:00 am
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10 Mar
11:59 pm
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Produit Rien
The Dress

The Dress

Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds
28 Feb
12:00 am
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10 Mar
11:59 pm
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Produit Rien
Bouquet

Bouquet

Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds
28 Feb
12:00 am
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10 Mar
11:59 pm
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Produit Rien
The places living within

The places living within

Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds
28 Feb
12:00 am
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10 Mar
11:59 pm
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Produit Rien
 La tour

La tour

Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds
28 Feb
12:00 am
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10 Mar
11:59 pm
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Produit Rien
“愛丽" (ai li)

“愛丽" (ai li)

Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds
28 Feb
12:00 am
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10 Mar
11:59 pm
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Produit Rien
Web Work

Web Work

Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds
28 Feb
12:00 am
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10 Mar
11:59 pm
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Produit Rien
Art Matters Festival x FASA Opening Party

Art Matters Festival x FASA Opening Party

Special Event
28 Feb
8:00 pm
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28 Feb
8:00 pm
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La Sala Rossa
Please Speak to the Material Vernissage

Please Speak to the Material Vernissage

Special Event
Please Speak to the Material
1 Mar
5:00 pm
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1 Mar
7:30 pm
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Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain
Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds Vernissage

Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds Vernissage

Special Event
Labours of Love, Intentional Worlds
7 Mar
8:00 pm
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7 Mar
9:00 pm
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Produit Rien
Perfect Star

Perfect Star

Clairvoyant Creatures
8 Mar
12:00 am
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8 Mar
11:59 pm
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Centaur Theatre Gallery
Un fleur pour toi

Un fleur pour toi

Clairvoyant Creatures
8 Mar
12:00 am
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8 Mar
11:59 pm
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Centaur Theatre Gallery
untitled

untitled

Clairvoyant Creatures
8 Mar
12:00 am
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8 Mar
11:59 pm
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Centaur Theatre Gallery
Lakba ni Bakla

Lakba ni Bakla

Clairvoyant Creatures
8 Mar
12:00 am
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8 Mar
11:59 pm
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Centaur Theatre Gallery
How to Talk to God in Vietnamese

How to Talk to God in Vietnamese

Clairvoyant Creatures
8 Mar
12:00 am
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8 Mar
11:59 pm
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Centaur Theatre Gallery
Scissors Coming Close to My Five Strand Braid

Scissors Coming Close to My Five Strand Braid

Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads
13 Mar
9:00 am
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24 Mar
9:00 am
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Produit Rien
n-spiritual persona

n-spiritual persona

Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads
13 Mar
9:00 am
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24 Mar
9:00 am
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Produit Rien
When Everybody is Watching

When Everybody is Watching

Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads
13 Mar
9:00 am
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24 Mar
9:00 am
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Produit Rien
Cherry

Cherry

Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads
13 Mar
9:00 am
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24 Mar
9:00 am
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Produit Rien
Difficult to Digest

Difficult to Digest

Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads
13 Mar
9:00 am
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24 Mar
9:00 am
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Produit Rien
Lemons and Lace

Lemons and Lace

Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads
13 Mar
9:00 am
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24 Mar
9:00 am
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Produit Rien
The life and death (and life again) of a soft animal

The life and death (and life again) of a soft animal

Galerie Jano Lapin
14 Mar
9:00 am
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26 Mar
9:00 pm
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Galerie Jano Lapin
Simple Dream /حلم بصيت

Simple Dream /حلم بصيت

Galerie Jano Lapin
14 Mar
9:00 am
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26 Mar
9:00 pm
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Galerie Jano Lapin
To Squish Back Inside Myself

To Squish Back Inside Myself

Galerie Jano Lapin
14 Mar
9:00 am
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26 Mar
9:00 pm
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Galerie Jano Lapin
Tentative d'évasion

Tentative d'évasion

Galerie Jano Lapin
14 Mar
9:00 am
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26 Mar
9:00 pm
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Galerie Jano Lapin
Playing in the Garden

Playing in the Garden

Galerie Jano Lapin
14 Mar
9:00 am
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26 Mar
9:00 pm
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Galerie Jano Lapin
when my friend got hit by a car, she couldn't play on the carpet with us

when my friend got hit by a car, she couldn't play on the carpet with us

Ada-X
14 Mar
10:00 am
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26 Feb
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Ada X
Peculiar Dance

Peculiar Dance

Ada-X
14 Mar
10:00 am
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26 Feb
5:00 pm
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Ada X
As We Dreamt We Remembered

As We Dreamt We Remembered

Ada-X
14 Mar
10:00 am
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26 Feb
5:00 pm
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Ada X
The Sun Shifts Across Nine Panes // The Brightest Colour

The Sun Shifts Across Nine Panes // The Brightest Colour

Ada-X
14 Mar
10:00 am
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26 Feb
5:00 pm
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Ada X
Retours (père)

Retours (père)

Ada-X
14 Mar
10:00 am
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26 Feb
5:00 pm
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Ada X
Vestige

Vestige

Ada-X
14 Mar
10:00 am
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26 Feb
5:00 pm
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Ada X
Ada X Vernissage

Ada X Vernissage

Special Event
Ada-X
14 Mar
6:00 pm
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14 Mar
9:00 pm
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Ada X
Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads Vernissage

Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads Vernissage

Special Event
Luxury Goods, Luxury Bads
15 Mar
6:00 pm
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15 Mar
9:00 pm
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Produit Rien
Christian

Christian

The Student Experience
18 Mar
9:00 am
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30 Mar
9:00 pm
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VAV Gallery
Please flip through my thoughts and memories

Please flip through my thoughts and memories

The Student Experience
18 Mar
9:00 am
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30 Mar
9:00 pm
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VAV Gallery
Portrait of Loyola with Stars and Goblins

Portrait of Loyola with Stars and Goblins

The Student Experience
18 Mar
9:00 am
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30 Mar
9:00 pm
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VAV Gallery
Little Land

Little Land

The Student Experience
18 Mar
9:00 am
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30 Mar
9:00 pm
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VAV Gallery
Chug! Chug! // Rub-a-dub-dub

Chug! Chug! // Rub-a-dub-dub

The Student Experience
18 Mar
9:00 am
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30 Mar
9:00 pm
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VAV Gallery
Wishes for humanity

Wishes for humanity

The Student Experience
18 Mar
9:00 am
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30 Mar
9:00 pm
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VAV Gallery
The Student Experience Vernissage

The Student Experience Vernissage

Special Event
The Student Experience
21 Mar
6:30 pm
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21 Mar
9:00 pm
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VAV Gallery
Galerie Jano Lapin Finissage

Galerie Jano Lapin Finissage

Special Event
Galerie Jano Lapin
23 Mar
5:00 pm
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23 Mar
9:00 pm
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Galerie Jano Lapin
Memes & Machines Vernissage

Memes & Machines Vernissage

Special Event
Memes & Machines
30 Mar
3:00 pm
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30 Mar
5:30 pm
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Cinema De Sève
Queering the Machine

Queering the Machine

Memes & Machines
30 Mar
3:00 pm
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30 Mar
7:00 pm
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Cinema De Sève
DIY Clear Glitter Slime Tutorial (No Borax!)

DIY Clear Glitter Slime Tutorial (No Borax!)

Memes & Machines
30 Mar
3:00 pm
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30 Mar
7:00 pm
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Cinema De Sève
Memes from a God

Memes from a God

Memes & Machines
30 Mar
3:00 pm
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30 Mar
7:00 pm
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Cinema De Sève
handson_video

handson_video

Memes & Machines
30 Mar
3:00 pm
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30 Mar
7:00 pm
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Cinema De Sève
New Folder

New Folder

Memes & Machines
30 Mar
3:00 pm
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30 Mar
7:00 pm
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Cinema De Sève
Memes & Machines Artist Talk

Memes & Machines Artist Talk

Special Event
Memes & Machines
30 Mar
5:30 pm
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30 Mar
7:00 pm
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Cinema De Sève

Who we are

Meet the dedicated team of curators, artists, and visionaries who have tirelessly collaborated to bring this year's Art Matters Festival to life. Their diverse backgrounds and shared passion for innovation have created a vibrant, inclusive event that celebrates every stage of the artistic process.

Ari Inceer

Digital Print & Media Coordinator

Ari Inceer

Yann Pariot

Graphic Designer

Yann Pariot

Jen Jack

Exhibitions Coordinator

Jen Jack

Shayne La Rocque

Web Developer

Shayne La Rocque

What we value

1

Commitment to Anti-Oppression

Art Matters recognizes and seeks to challenge institutionalized oppression, creating safe spaces for artists and community members. We are dedicated to addressing systemic oppression and colonial practices.

2

Inclusivity and Respect

We strive to promote values of inclusion, respecting differences in ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical capacity, age, religion, economic or social status, and political ideology.

3

Progressive Programming

Since 2018, we have been intentional about applying anti-oppression frameworks to our programming. This is an ongoing endeavor, and we are committed to learning and evolving with our allies.

4

Acknowledging Systemic Challenges

We acknowledge that everyone is capable of (re)producing systemic violence to ascend hierarchical structures. Our goal is to recognize and actively work against such dynamics in our community and programs.

Our commitment

WE

Uplift the voices of under-represented artists so that all students see themselves reflected in our festival programming;

Identify and challenge barriers to our programs and services;

Encourage thoughtful, carefully considered conversations about anti-oppression and decolonization with our members;

Build our capacity and the capacity of our network to challenge unequal distribution of power and biases that lead to oppression;

Support artists and educators who thoughtfully engage with traditional knowledge and stories in context;

Do not provide services to artists who practice cultural appropriation;

Do not encourage or promote works that are culturally unsafe and perpetuate systems of oppression;

Provide staff, board and volunteers with anti-oppression training tailored to their role;

Ensure staff, executives, board members and volunteers can challenge oppressive and colonial practices without harassment and discrimination;

Provide staff, board and volunteers with anti-oppression training tailored to their role;

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