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.
ONLINE WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES
The 2020-21 ArtLab intern and BU Fine Arts student Lily Rousseau has put together our first online workshop: a short overhead video presenting simple lantern-making techniques.
MASK LANYARD WORKSHOP
With the special participation of BU Fine Arts Technician Brenna Filion, this workshop demonstrates how to create practical and aesthetically pleasing lanyards for your face mask, to leave around your neck or tie to your backpack.
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.