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ABOUT

Quartier Éphémère and the Centre d'artistes Vaste et Vague are joining forces to set up an artistic and community center in the heart of the life of the municipality of Matapédia, in a nature as grandiose as it is inspiring. This current visual arts project highlights the local heritage. It incorporates artist residencies, a space for dissemination and exhibitions, arts activities and open-door workshops. It aims to create a meeting place, to bring art closer to communities and to offer both a place of creation outside metropolitan areas to artists from Quebec and elsewhere, as well as an influence in urban areas for Gaspesian artists.  

MATAPEDIA STATION — 

​ARTISTIC AND COMMUNITY CENTER

HERITAGE ENHANCEMENT

Still in service, the Gare de Matapédia is a heritage building representative of the history of regional development by train. The project will both preserve the authenticity of the building and enhance it. A station is a space that invites you to let yourself be carried away by an imaginary world of travel and discovery. It is also a place of meetings, a place of arrivals and new departures. Promoting sustainable social and community involvement, VIA Rail supports this project by allowing the use of a large part of the building while preserving its use by train passengers.  

A PROJECT ROOTED

IN THE COMMUNITY 

La Gare de Matapédia is located in the heart of the village and complements the Route des Belvédères, tourist information, the recently renovated church, the community garden and local businesses nearby. Collaborations are planned with the École des Deux-Rivières de Matapédia. Partnerships with three local community and cultural organizations will also allow the population to benefit from on-site activities and services. The opening of this new space will contribute to the dynamism of the municipality while strengthening social ties within the community and developing a sense of belonging through the enhancement of a railway heritage building, a symbol of ecological values and the development of the municipality at the very beginning of the 20th century.

ABOUT 

QUARTIER ÉPHÉMÈRE 

Housed in two former industrial buildings adjoining Old Montreal, the Fonderie Darling, managed by Quartier Éphémère, serves its main activities over 3500m2. The presentation of exhibitions, the provision of workshops and regional and international residences offer artists and the public the possibility of living a fulfilling experience in an inspiring setting and exude a coherence that facilitates the understanding of contemporary art. Unique in its kind in Montreal, the Fonderie Darling aims to cross the local, regional and international artistic scenes through its activities.

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THE CREW

LUC VALLIERES

COORDINATOR 

GARE DE MATAPEDIA 

luc@garedematapedia.ca

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