Place Publique 2018

For this 11th edition of Place Publique, the Darling Foundry offers to neighborhood residents and all art amateurs an exploratory, diversified and participative program. While confirming its role as a landmark for the arts and community in a neighborhood facing profound changes, Place Publique 2018 aims to experiment new forms of interaction with the public based on a renewed program line, geared towards an interdisciplinary approach. 

The direct interaction between artists and the public is the primary mission of Place Publique. A series of seven weekly nights is conceived by Darling Foundry curator Ji-Yoon Han around the themes of listening, attention and dislocation. Emerging artists from Montréal and abroad present performances, walks, listening workshops and sounds performances. They activate Place Publique by mobilizing found objects, the history of the neighborhood, the architecture of the Darling Foundry and surprising inhabitants. Two carte blanche nights are offered to organizations in order to open the platform of Place Publique to an extended community. 

The collaboration with universities and emerging artists is at the core of the Darling Foundry values. This year, undergraduate students in visual arts at UQÀM were invited to submit a project for Place Publique. Générateur spectaculairea performative public artwork conceived by Catherine Landry and Gabriel Lapierre, is exhibited on Ottawa street all summer long. As a genuine symbol of the architectural and sound upheavals in the neighborhood, Générateur spectaculaire will be activated by the duo every other week during Place Publique nights.

Place Publique is ultimately a welcoming and convivial space for all art enthusiasts and neighbors of the Darling Foundry. Based on its success in 2017, the Terrace/Bar imagined by the design students Noémie Bélime, Maude Huysmans and Anya Messaoud-Nacer will be set up again. The ephemeral Bar will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, during the gallery's regular opening hours.


June 21 Opening of the Place Publique 2018 and activation of Générateur spectaculaire (GS) by Catherine Landry and Gabriel Lapierre, summer exhibitions vernissage
June 28 Jean-Philippe Luckhurst-Cartier / Kevin Pinvidic
July 5 (GS) Sandra Volny / Ida Toninato
July 8 Carte blanche to PERFform
July 19 (GS) Natalia Morillo Lassalle
July 26 Scott Thomson and his brass ensemble
August 2 (GS) TBA
August 9
 Philippe Battikha / Anne-Françoise Jacques
August 16 (GS) Antonija Livingstone

The performance guidebook Saint-Sulpice Saint-Sulpice Saint-Sulpice conceived by Ross Louis will be offered to the public on the stands at the gallery's entrance.


The Darling Foundry aims to make Place Publique a permanent project that will be animated throughout the year. Never-ending constructions, noise, visual and air pollution, cars everywhere… It is high time to establish a space dedicated to the citizens in a neighborhood increasingly shaken by the destruction of old buildings, the construction of new ones and the traffic of multiple vehicles. Conceived as a space of collaborative construction from the inception to the realization, Place Publique aims thus at being a portion of asphalt appropriated by artists and citizens. Let’s ask for a permanent Place Publique dedicated to citizens, arts and ecology in Griffintown! 

A petition for a permanent Place Publique in Griffintown is available via this link and at the Darling Foundry.

A sit-in is also scheduled on Place Publique on Thursday, 20 September 2018 (more information will follow).