The Foreman Art Gallery’s Community Art Lab (ArtLab) positions itself on the cutting edge between art, education, and community development with the goal of exploring how these worlds collide and interact with one another.
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The Community Art Lab explores from a creative point of view the pressing social issues of our day and how these affect our direct community. It gathers individuals from the community – whether students, artists, researchers and members of the general population – and via public events, works towards stimulating an increased understanding of the visual and media arts in the City of Sherbrooke.
The satellite activities are centered around questions raised by the current exhibitions at the Foreman Art Gallery and take the form of discussion groups (broadcast through podcasting) around an artwork or a film related to the artwork, through workshops (tailor-made for different audiences), events (performances, film screenings).
Bishop’s University students will greatly contribute to the activities’ content through their participations and discussions. Through its interventions the Laboratory stimulates exchanges and discussions in order to disrupt the hierarchy of knowledge and to enrich community life.
Located beneath the Foreman Art Gallery, the Community Art Laboratory’s space can accommodate groups of 20 people. Besides this space, the Laboratory appropriates community spaces (coffee shops, art centers, theatres, community centers, schools, churches) that bring to the Laboratory their own realities and functions.
Contact the ArtLab
The ArtLab is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that considers all people, including those with disabilities. We will strive to meet the accessibility needs of people with disabilities to the best of our ability so that they can fully participate in our activities with autonomy and with as few barriers as possible.
The ArtLab is accessible to people with limited mobility through an exterior door located on the ground floor. However, the door does not open automatically. Please advise us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (819-822-9600 #2279) of your arrival time so that we can open the door for you. A parking space is reserved for disabled parking permit holders a few meters from the entrance. Inside the studio, a table is adapted for wheelchairs. Materials are within reach and are identified by signs with logos which make them easy to find. Restrooms are located on the floor above. As there is no elevator, access is by exiting the building and coming back in via an outside ramp.
The ArtLab is available by bus via the Société de transport de Sherbrooke’s lines 11 and 2. On weeknights after 5 pm and weekends, parking is free. Otherwise, payment can be made at the terminals or through the HotSpot application. Located on the Bishop’s University campus, the ArtLab Art Hive is an inclusive bilingual space open to members of the university community as well as community members of Sherbrooke and the Estrie region.
Our team is pleased to offer unique guided tours for each of the exhibitions presented at the Foreman Art Gallery. Each tour is created specifically to meet the needs and interests of your group. Tours are offered in French or in English. To complement and enhance your visit, tours can be combined with a creative workshop inspired by the exhibition on display.
Throughout the school year, the ArtLab opens its doors for a few hours a week as part of the Art Hives – a free program open to all where all the ArtLab’s materials and space are available to encourage independent artistic exploration.
The ArtLab welcomes an artist in residency on a yearly basis, to generate projects that are engaging for the community. This residency is grounded in the exchange of ideas, cultural trends, natural singularities and historical depths that inform the Gallery and its activities.
The ArtLab’s POP-UP exhibition series presents the traces of research and creative projects carried out by Bishop’s University’s student body and faculty, as well as by other groups and members of the Sherbrooke community. Following the principles of community-based museology and micromuseology, these ephemeral art events are often collective, participatory and of an experimental nature.
COMMUNITY BASED INITIATIVES
As the ArtLab residency unfolds, the different stages of the research are documented in a blog, enabling the project to gradually take shape, from its origin to its final form.
Schools and groups
Our education team offers creative workshops and guided tours intended for preschool, elementary and high school students.
CEGEP, University, and Other Groups
Whatever your type of group, our education team offers creative workshops and guided tours suited to all needs and levels.
Want to know more about our exhibitions? Take an appointment with one of our educators to learn more about the artist(s) and their artwork!
The Art Lab offers creative workshops at a low price open to the entire community. All you need to do is RSVP!
DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS
MARCH BREAK ART CAMP
The next March Break Art Camp will be held from March 4 to 8, 2024. Campers aged 6 to 12 will discover a wide range of artistic projects that will stimulate their creativity and sense of initiative, in a caring, inclusive, multi-age, and bilingual atmosphere.
SUMMER ART CAMP
Each week features a different nature-related theme with new outdoor and studio activities for a summer full of exciting art projects!