Visual ArtsCatherine Widgery
Few people outside the fine arts are familiar with the name and admirable reputation of public and environmental artist Catherine Widgery, but it’s safe to say that many a Quebecer has been transfixed by her powerful, larger-than-life sculptures and designs. From Win...
Joel Miller started playing saxophone at the age of 10 and at 18 he left his hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick to move to Montreal to pursue his dream of being a jazz musician. Since completing his degree at McGill University, he has recorded many original compositions feat...
Film and TelevisionMartin Duckworth
Martin Duckworth is a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. He has recorded numerous stories and won several awards since his film career began in 1963. The Quebec Critics’ Best Film of the Year for A Wives’ Tale (1980); a Genie Award for No More Hir...
George Rideout writes plays that reflect his fascination with both cross-cultural relationships and great social change. A Québécois family plays host to a bewildered, Ontario-born English professor in The Anglophone is Coming to Dinn...
The vision behind ELAN’s Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles ! project was simple: Artists need to be part of a community, and communities need artists. Quebec is not simple. It is a complex mix of linguistic, geographic and cultural communities. Most of Quebec’s “English-speaking” artists are bilingual, trilingual or multilingual. Many were born in Quebec where their families have lived for generations, while others immigrated here as children or were drawn as adults for a wide variety of reasons. RAEV reveals a surprising diversity of stories.
Peers and fans proposed more than 1,700 artists for ELAN's RAEV project. The 154 artists selected for this “group portrait” represent multiple artistic disciplines, regions and career stages: from internationally renowned icons to emerging artists creating a buzz in the local scene. These short bios are a snapshot of a much larger artistic community.*
The videoclips show 24 artists at work and ask questions about what it means to be part of a minority community that is also connected to an international linguistic majority. Being a minority/majority within a majority/minority creates unpredictable identities.
These essays place the current artistic renaissance in a historical context, outlining major characters, events and previously undocumented stories. The interactive format invites readers to enrich the content by adding their own anecdotes and personal memories.
*Note: The RAEV project features living artists but in the future we will be adding a section to honour the memory of artists from past generations.