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60 Montreal artists are occupying 30 vacant downtown retail spaces

The City of Montreal is partnering with Art Souterrain and commercial real estate owners to turn 30 vacant retail spaces downtown into art studios and exhibition spaces for 60 local emerging artists. The three-month art workshop initiative, entitled Créer des Ponts (Building Bridges), is spread across 22 buildings, including Alexis-Nihon, Place Montreal Trust, Places des Arts, Centre de Commerce Mondial and a number of street-level storefronts.

Two artists are sharing each open-concept space, using the front for exhibition and the back for a studio, both open to the public. Their ephemeral works will be produced and exhibited through Aug. 15.

In addition to being able to see ephemeral visual art from creation to its finished form, Montrealers will be able to take part in about 25 activities, and see even more art displayed in 10 glass cubes across the downtown area.