L’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF) is a national arts service organisation that represents visual arts groups active in Francophone communities outside the province of Quebec. Its members are located in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Manitoba and consist of artists associations, university galleries, artist-run centres, production centres and artists’ collectives that are involved in producing, promoting and presenting the work of professional French-Canadian artists. AGAVF accepts individual memberships from artists residing in provinces where there are no Francophone organizations dedicated to the visual arts.

 

Raisons d'être

Goals

  • Represent, on the national cultural scene, groups working in the field of professional visual arts in Francophone communities located outside the province of Quebec;
  • Lobby on behalf of the Francophone visual arts sector to raise awareness of, and increase funding for, the sector among the major government bodies;
  • Represent and position the sector with other like-minded associations across the country;
  • Support our members in their professional development and in strengthening their structures;
  • Improve conditions for the production and presentation of works by professional Francophone artists living and working in communities located outside the province of Quebec and better promote work by artists belonging to our member organizations;
  • Consult, engage and maintain a dialogue with organizations active in the cultural development of Francophone communities.

 

Vision

L’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF) is a leading voice for the Francophone visual arts sector in communities across the country. The association develops and communicates a vision for the visual arts while vigorously defending the interests of the sector on the political stage.

Through the realization of tangible projects, the association serves as a driving force for the sector. It strives to improve the conditions for production, presentation and promotion of the work of visual artists and provides professional development opportunities to the sector. Through its networks, the association brings together the various stakeholders in the Francophone visual arts sector.

Strategic Priorities (2004-09)

  • Strengthening AGAVF
  • Providing professional development opportunities for its members
  • Consolidating its membership
  • Promoting the association and its members
  • Strategic positioning

Our strategic plan (french)

 

Major Projects

Echangeur I and II
In 2000, and again in 2001, l’AGAVF organized L’Échangeur I and II, which were major, pan-Canadian residency projects. Over those two years, 35 artists took part in the residency project that unfolded in communities across the country.

The idea for the project arose in 1998 when a group of artists met to discuss ways of countering the professional isolation experienced by artists living outside major urban centres, whether they be in Moncton, Sudbury or in small communities across Quebec. The idea was to form a network whose goals would be to facilitate exchange between artists, create new work and enable artists to exhibit their work beyond the borders of their local communities. All these needs would eventually give rise to L’Échangeur.

Four artist-run centres took part in the first edition: Galerie Sans Nom and l’Atelier d’estampe Imago in Moncton, L’Écart.. . Lieu d’art actuel in Rouyn-Noranda and Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury. Fifteen artists created new works on the theme of Extensions intimes, which was chosen by the curator Annie Molin Vasseur. The project was a huge success for the artists and the public, which was treated to the in situ creation of new works and their exhibition.

The year 2001 marked the second edition of the project and included the participation of an additional partner, the Maison des artistes visuels francophones (MAV) in Winnipeg. Once again, curator Annie Molin Vasseur was responsible for finding a theme that would inspire nineteen artists. Histoire de sens took on an international flavour when the artist-run centre in Rouyn-Noranda hosted three French artists for the duration of the residency.

These projects concluded with an exchange in Paris and the publication of two books.

 
Extensions intimes
Échangeur I
  Histoire de sens
Échangeur II

 

Parallaxe

  In September 2003, the Parallaxe project was held in Winnipeg. Further extending the concepts of residency and exchange that were developed with L’Échangeur, the Parallaxe project brought all the artists together in one location. The following artist-run centres participated in the project: Centre de production Daïmon (Gatineau), l’Écart.. . Lieu d’art actuel (Rouyn-Noranda), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton), Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), l’Atelier d’estampe Imago (Moncton) and la Maison des artistes (Winnipeg).
     

In September 2003, the Parallaxe project was held in Winnipeg. Further extending the concepts of residency and exchange that were developed with L’Échangeur, the Parallaxe project brought all the artists together in one location. The following artist-run centres participated in the project: Centre de production Daïmon (Gatineau), l’Écart.. . Lieu d’art actuel (Rouyn-Noranda), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton), Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), l’Atelier d’estampe Imago (Moncton) and la Maison des artistes (Winnipeg).

The Parallaxe project involved thirteen francophone artists from across Canada who explored, from diverse personal viewpoints, the many symbolic aspects of the (then) newly restored bridge linking the French quarter of St. Boniface to downtown Winnipeg. Parallaxe provided a unique opportunity for using the visual arts to explore the geopolitical, cultural and historical aspects of a contemporary francophone neighbourhood and examine its relationship to an Anglophone environment.

Over a two-week period, and using a wide range of contemporary art forms that included sculpture, painting, installation, performance, photography and video, the artists created works in situ along Provencher Boulevard and near the bridge. The public was invited to visit the site and observe the artists at work. Thus, multiple points of view were brought to bear on the artists’ interpretations, resulting in parallax.

www.parallaxe.info

In 2009, AGAVF members organized an exchange with the event Viva! Art Action in Montréal. French Canadian artists presented their performance art work during this biennale event, and Québécois artists showed their work in Ottawa (Galerie SAW Gallery, Voix Visuelle), in Moncton (Galerie Sans Nom + Imago), in Sudbury (Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario) and in Toronto (Le Labo).


Studies

Visual Arts In Minority Francophone Communities

Appendix

 

News

Quelques degrés d’écart/ A few Degrees Apart
Communiqué de presse
Les Éditions l'Interligne

Communiqué le 23 novembre 2007
AGAVF launches its web site and a new publication during the Visual Art Summit.

 

How to reach us

National Office
AGAVF
B.P. 7131, succursale Vanier
Ottawa, Ontario
K1L 8E2
Canada

telephone: 613 244-9584
email: lleblanc@agavf.ca