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.
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.
Creative Workshops for Students
The Art Lab offers creative workshops for students throughout the semester. Come relax, chat, and create something one-of-a-kind! These low-cost workshops are open to all students.
While the ArtLab is currently limited in its ability to offer in-person cultural mediation activities and creative workshops, we are launching a series of online activites.
VIRTUAL TOUR OF our FALL 2020 EXHIBITIONS
Gyres and other driftings – Ellie Ga | Repenser la famille: de l’utopie aux nouvelles stratégies – Camila Vasquez | Videotank #22: Landscape, Cutout – Annie Briard
SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS
With the participation of the Foreman Art Gallery’s Curator of Education Noémie Fortin, ArtLab’s Cutlural Mediation Intern Lily Rousseau demonstrates how to create salt dough ornaments to hang in your Christmas tree.
With the special participation of local artist and BU Fine Arts Alumnus Jocelyne Rochon, this workshop demonstrates how to create homemade lanterns using tissue paper, rope and a balloon.
A COLLECTIVE AND INTERACTIVE MOBILITY MAPPING PROJECT
In connection with the Semaine Sherbrookoise des Rencontres Interculturelles (SSRI) 2020, the ArtLab presents (IM)migration: a collective and interactive mobility mapping project which considers geo-cultural origins, diasporic experiences, patterns of displacement, virtual mapping and digital storytelling to reveal narratives of interconnectedness.
Schools and groups
Preschool, Elementary and Secondary School 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.