Pilot exchange: Matapédia-Montreal

The Matapedia train station is a heritage building whose original architecture is intact. It evokes the development of the regions by train and multiple journeys, witnesses of different eras. The Matapedia train station becomes a creative workshop space for two three-month residencies as part of this pilot project.

Reciprocally, the project also gives artists from the Gaspé region access to creation and dissemination spaces in an urban setting at the Fonderie Darling, in the historically rich premises of a former industrial building in the heart of Old Montreal.

The project includes, in addition to the creative residency, a workshop or activity component linked to the communities, both in Matapedia and in Montreal, either in schools or with partner community organizations. It can be a participatory project, art workshops, discussions, public performances, public art or other.

Residencies in Matapedia

The project offers the opportunity to two Quebec artists living outside of the Gaspé Peninsula to carry out a three-month creative residency in the fall of 2021 or the winter of 2022. The selected artists will have a studio at the Matapedia train station and accommodation in the community.

Residencies in Montreal

Reciprocally, two artists from Gaspé Peninsula will be able to benefit from a three-month creative residency in the fall of 2021. The selected artists will be hosted in Fonderie Darling's live-in studios.



Residencies at the Matapédia Train Station: 

Bridging between anthropology and media arts, Frédéric Lavoie’s practice involves the production of narratives, group portraits or thematic analyses using archives - film, paper or digital - as his main materials. During his residency, he intends to develop a visual and sound research focused on mycology and its regional species.

As a multidisciplinary artist, Mégane Voghell is interested in the seductive power of images in the post-truth era. Mixing epistolary writing with mise en scènes, her practice explores different narrative devices to question the world of the living, to discern between its representations and its realities. During her residency at the Matapédia train station, she wishes to pursue her research on the influence that digital tools have on the way humans interact with their natural environment. 

Residencies at Fonderie Darling :  

Élise Dubé works with fibres to create two-dimensional works and site-specific installations. Using textile techniques as a common language, her practice is rooted in a relational approach in which the public becomes a central element in a creation process that explores an existing tension between  the impulse to destroy and the need to repair, to collect, and to tether. During her residency at Fonderie Darling she hopes to connect with young audiences through a participatory approach to cultural mediation activities. 

Maryse Goudreau is a multidisciplinary artist who creates works that combine images, documents, and participatory gestures of care. Through a hybrid approach combining photography, videography and immersive devices, she attempts to liberate images from their static relationship to official history, to create narrative, literary spaces where memory serves as a weapon. During her residency at Fonderie Darling, she will continue her research on beluga whales by developing a visual and sound installation.




Founded in 1990 in Carleton-sur-Mer, the artist-run centre Vaste et Vague favours research and experimentation in current art practices and modes of dissemination. Its active role at the regional, provincial, national and international levels is based on a program of research and creation residencies as well as on various modes of dissemination: productions and exhibitions within or outside the city, events, digital platforms and publications.


*Quartier Éphémère and the Centre d'artistes Vaste et Vague would like to thank the Municipality of Matapédia, VIA Rail Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Innergex and Boralex for their generous support.