Events and Activities / Gallery and Community Art Lab

Launch: Exhibition catalogue for artist Myriam Yates

Location: Formats Bookstore, RCAAQ (Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec), 2, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, espace 302, Montréal (Québec) H2X 1K4, T. 514 842-5579

Date: Wednesday June 4, 2014 at 5 pm

The Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University is proud to present its latest catalogue, which documents the work of Myriam Yates in her 2013 solo exhibition. The publication includes an introduction by curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon, with essays by Lesley Johnstone, a curator at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, and Scott McLeod, the director and curator at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto. The catalogue was designed by 1218a.

The exhibition at the Foreman brought together a selection of Yates’ artworks that focused on the Montréal Hippodrome, a site the artist has been working with since the early stages of her career. Opened in 1872 and closed in 2009, the Hippodrome, or Blue Bonnets as it was formerly known, was, in its heyday, an important site of entertainment within the city. Whether the stables where racetrack horses reside, the defunct Le Centaure restaurant or the making of the bandstands for the U2 concert in 2011, Yates’ videos and films speak to a specific dichotomy: that of several places and temporalities existing on the same site. Through her investigation of the Hippodrome and other sites such as Montréal-Mirabel International Airport, Yates critically reflects on the changing function of modern buildings in the contemporary era, and individuals’ equally changing relationships to these public spaces.

About the artist: Visual artist Myriam Yates’ photography- and- video-based practice tends towards a documentary approach. She explores the tenuous relationship between public and private space, following the shifting relationship between architecture and its inhabitants. Yates’ holds two BFAs and an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work has been shown at events such as Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival (2013), Kassel Dokfest (Kassel, Germany, 2012), Images Festival (Toronto, 2012), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2007), Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (2007, 2012, 2013) and the Regina Festival of Cinematic Arts (2005). It has also been featured in individual and collective exhibitions: a duo show at CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (NY, 2012), The Québec Triennale at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011), Optica Centre for Contemporary Art (Montréal, 2009), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montréal, 2003) and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto, 2001). In 2005, she attended the Banff Centre to participate to the IntraNation thematic residency program. Prizewinner of the Cyberpitch contest (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal 2004), she has also presented at the Banff Centre’s New Media Institute’s Interactive Screen lectures. Her work is included in the collections of the Cirque du Soleil, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin law firm.

Fact sheet: Produced under the direction of curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon, the exhibition catalogue includes essays from Lesley Johnstone, a curator at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, and Scott McLeod, the director and curator at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto. The catalogue was designed by 1218a. A 60-page bilingual publication with 31 coloured photographs, a pictorial index of 150 images and a soft cover spine of sewn fabric binding. ISBN: 978-1-926859-10-1

Price: $25

The publication has been produced by the Foreman Art Gallery and financially supported with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

For more information, please contact Karine Di Genova, Interim Director/Curator T- 819.822.9600 ext. 2687 or


Press Release

Myriam Yates Exhibition



The Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University is pleased to offer an evening program featuring Montreal-based artist Thomas Kneubühler. He will give a public talk on the subject of his body of work, including his Under Currents project, currently on display as part of the Foreman Art Gallery’s ENERGY exhibit.
In recent years, Thomas Kneubühler has focused his work on issues surrounding the land in Canada’s far North. At the centre of these projects is the transformation of the land through intensified efforts to access natural resources, as well as consequences for the environment. In his talk at the Foreman Art Gallery, he will discuss these projects, and how they relate to the broader context of his artistic practice. Here is a direct quote from the artist: “There is an uninterrupted flow of energy running South on standard AC and DC lines from Radisson to Boston. It interrupts the flow of rivers . . .”

About the Artist: Born in Solothurn, Switzerland, Thomas Kneubühler has been living in Canada since 2000. In 2003, he completed a Master’s degree in Studio Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. His work often deals with social issues and how technology is affecting people’s lives. His work has been presented in many exhibitions in both Europe and North America, most recently at the Québec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011), at the Centre culturel canadien, Paris (2012) and at the Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel (2013). In 2011 he was awarded the Pratt & Whitney Canada Prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Speaker’s Committee of Bishop’s University.

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Health and Well-being in Arts and in Life

Round Table: February 24, 2014 from 11:45am to 1pm, Lobby of Centennial Theatre, Bishop's University

The Foreman Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Centennial Theatre and the Psychological Health and Well-being Research Cluster of Bishop’s University, is organizing a round table with professors-researchers and artists pertaining to mental health.

Graphic artist Joanne Hui will discuss comic art as autobiography. Anne Plamondon, choreographer and dancer will address a theme close to her heart through her choreographic and theatrical work Les mêmes yeux que toi, inspired by her father’s schizophrenia. Dr. Fuschia Sirois’ talk is entitled Self-Compassion and Gratitude: Implications for Enhancing Daily Health and Well-Being and Dr. Adrianna Mendrek will be focusing on Art of Mindfulness and Mindfulness in Art.

This round-table is organized in periphery of two events:

Centennial Theatre presents Les mêmes yeux que toi, a dance performance by and with Anne Plamondon on Tuesday, February 25, in which the choreographer and dancer revisits her father’s mental health experience through a touching approach paired with great artistic sensibility. To see an excerpt of the work, visit

The Foreman Art Gallery presents, from April 16 until May 3rd, Drawing from Our Experience: Mental Health in Focus, an exhibit that was born of a cultural mediation project with graphic artist Joanne Hui and curator Karine Di Genova. This exhibition seeks to raise awareness on mental health conditions in the Eastern Townships region through critical visual practice and community outreach. For more information on the exhibition and residency, click here.

Please note that the presentations will be given in English. The conference will take place in the Centennial Lobby. Attendees to the conference will benefit from a rebate when they purchase a ticket for the dance performance Les mêmes yeux que toi (February 25): $ 23 for a regular priced ticket (tickets are usually $ 28) and $ 15 for senior and student tickets (tickets are usually $ 21 and $ 19).

For more information, contact Karine Di Genova, Director-Curator (interim), Foreman Art Gallery, 819.822.9600, ext. 2687 / karine.digenova(at)

The Foreman Art Gallery and the Centennial Theatre is grateful for the support of Bishop’s University, its Speaker's Committee and the Ville de Sherbrooke.


Press release

Exhibition Drawing from our Experience: Mental Health in Focus 



Journées de la culture : Artist Talk with Myriam Yates & Art Lab Creative Workshop

Saturday, Sepember 28, 2013 at the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University

For Les Journées de la Culture, the Foreman Art Gallery has organized a talk with visual and media artist Myriam Yates. Come discover with the artist the works that she created between 2005 and 2013, including her most recent production called Mirage, a documentary on the now-deserted Mirabel International Airport. The video installations featured in her exhibition include Racetrack Superstar Ghost (2011), Amphitheatre (2010), A Space Between Mirrors (2010) and Occupants (2005), all of which document the shifting reality of a modern icon, the Montréal Hippodrome, once one of the most important monuments to horse racing in North America. These installations demonstrate the building’s former glory, its transformation throughout the years and its gradual abandonment. Myriam Yates has lived in the Eastern Townships for almost five years. Her work has been shown in various international contemporary art events around the world. The Foreman Art Gallery is showing her work until December 14. 

Schedule: 1 pm in French / 2 pm in English

Creative Workshop: These places where we live….

Come share your memories and experiences tied to places that do not exist anymore or affirm your attachment to places of your daily life that you keep close to your heart in this activity organized by the Community Art Lab. A collective and multidisciplinary creation which invites you to revisit the lointerviewcal region and tell your stories about the places that shape your identity.

Schedule:  From 1 to 4 pm Continous drop-in / bilingual, for all ages participants

For more information, please contact Karine Di Genova, Interim Director/Curator T- 819.822.9600 ext. 2687 or

 These activities are organized under the 4th edition of the biennal event Espace [im]media.

Click here to see the press release