Satellite Activity

SVMMAV Exhibition by the APASQ

The foyer of Le Diamant Theatre

966 Saint-Jean St, Québec

Thu 6 June
Fri 7 June
Sat 8 June

Regular price / FREE



Is your profession endangered?

Quebec designers cannot currently be considered rare. However, a massive exodus of professionals in the cultural sector, an ever-shrinking number of design students, and a seeming lack of interest in the living arts on the part of the government are leading to uncertainty about the future of their practices. With the pandemic exacerbating existing difficulties, we are now witnessing a growing fragility in the performing arts. Forced to adapt and do better with less, these artists continue to create brilliantly, boldly and with pleasure.

In light of these concerns, Curator Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle wanted to address the theme of RARE by creating a fictional foundation dedicated to helping designers: SVMMAV (The Society for the Survival and Promotion of the Living Arts Movement). Between parody and editorial, this proposal explores the tension that exists between artists and the precariousness of their professions, reminding us that the artistic ecosystem relies above all on these creators and that their survival is vital to the cultural industry.

At the centre of the exhibition, eight artists representing different fields of design engage with us through interviews. They share their journey, their process and their vision of what creation is.

SVMMAV, you’ll fit right in!


The Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec (APASQ) represents the entirety of props, hairstyle, costume, set, lights, soundscape, make-up and puppet designers who work in Quebec, in the fields of theatre, music, dance, variety, lyrical theatre, opera, circus and multidisciplinary manifestations. The association carries a double mandate that remains unchanged since its creation.

  • The study, defense, and developement of economic, societal, moral and professional interests of the professionnal artists it represents, members and non-members. 
  • The promotion and broadcasting of Québécois scenographic creation through national and international exhibitions, seminars, round tables and conferences.  


Credits 👇

Curator : Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle
Exhibit Designer : Marzia Pellissier
Executive Producer : Viviane Morin
Digital Content Creator : Anne-Sophie Gaudet
Graphic Designer : Dominique Bouchard
Technical Director : Samuel Thériault
Assistant technical director : Nicolas Jalbert
Assistant technical director : Justin Houde
Coordinator : Cynthia Bouchard-Gosselin
Translator : André Farhat
Set Builder : Productions Yves Nicol
Video Producer and Editor : Eric Bates
Videographers : Adrien Malette Chénier & Philip Fortin

With the help of : Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Fondation Jean-Paul Mousseau




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