QUARTIER ÉPHÉMÈRE & LE RAIL
Last update: June 18th 2019
Quartier Éphémère is a not-for-profit art organization redefining urban wastelands by transforming them into spaces adapted to artists and their publics. The sites restituted by the organization contribute to revitalizing the city and enriching social fabric.
Quartier Ephémère is a founding member of the collective “7 à nous”, a coalition of organizations and citizens of Pointe-Saint-Charles who, in 2012, demanded and obtained from group MACH the cessation of a portion of the CN shops to the local community.
In 2012, group MACH ceded the building, now known as the Bâtiment 7, to Quartier Ephémère for artistic, cultural and community purposes.
Subsequently, Quartier Ephémère and “7 à nous” agreed upon the future division of the building: “7 à nous” would transform its share into service and meeting points for the local community, whereas Quartier Ephémère would develop its space into artists’ studios and a cultural mediation platform. The ceding of the building from the promoter to “7 à nous” was conditional of this commitment, which was reassessed on the deed of agreement signed by both parties.
“7 à nous” undertook development for its portion before Quartier Ephémère, due to immediate access to funds.
Now that Quartier Ephémère is ready to initiate its part of the project, we are waiting for “7 à nous” to comply with the retrocession agreement endorsed and duly signed by both parties. No more and no less.
The resulting project will be conceived and operated in cohesion of the project developed by “7 à nous.” It will be a structuring force for the neighborhood as it will respond to the substantial need of artists’ studios in Montreal, and will fulfill the engagement to develop this building for artistic, cultural and community purposes.