For Art Public Montréal, the term “public art” refers to all works of art in public spaces, whether outdoors or indoors. The works are permanent and installed in common public areas. Public artworks are presented in more or less discrete ways, affirming their formal, conceptual or temporal characteristics. They can relate or not to their site, adapt harmoniously to their environment or contrast with it, depending on the artist’s intention.
Public art places
Public artworks are found in places used either in passing or for meeting, such as public squares and parks, metro stations, cultural venues, educational institutions, government buildings, the headquarters and branches of companies, health care centres and even in sports and community facilities.
Types of works
Public artworks come from various arts disciplines (fine arts, decorative arts and design), employ a range of different materials and assume myriad forms: sculptures, installations, paintings, photographs, glass murals, mosaics, technological artwork and much more.
Art Public Montréal recognizes the artistic and cultural potential of mural artwork that enriches the urban landscape and makes art accessible in Montréal neighbourhoods. These murals, on public and private infrastructure and walls, are produced by professional artists, recognized artist collectives and muralists. Some are considered essential destinations for people interested in discovering Montréal’s public art.
In 2016, the Ville de Montréal created a Mural Arts Program designed to beautify Montréal’s public spaces through the production of outdoor murals that are visible, creative and relate to their surrounding environment. The program consists of three components, each with its own particular objectives and evaluation criteria. The first component falls under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.
For more information: http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/en/mural-art-support