FAQ

What is Artexte?

Artexte is a contemporary art documentation centre, which is composed of a research collection, a consultation room and an exhibition space. Its mission supports the study and interpretation of documents produced in the arts. In addition to offering public programming related to its permanent collection of almost 26 000 documents, Artexte offers the public an introduction to contemporary art research.


How do I access Artexte?

Artexte is on the 3rd floor of the 2-22 building, 2 Sainte-Catherine Street West, corner of Saint-Laurent Street. We are accessible by elevator.
The consultation room and the exhibition space share the same opening hours and you are free to circulate between both. Don’t hesitate to walk through the collection!
Artexte is open to the public and appointments are not required during opening hours. Access is always free.

For more information, visit the Contact section.

 

SECTIONS: COLLECTION / ACTIVITIES / GUIDED VISITS / PUBLICATIONS FOR SALE

For all further inquiries we invite you to contact us at: 514 874 0049 or write to us at: info @ artexte.ca.

 

 

COLLECTION


What can I find in the collection?

Artexte’s collection consists of nearly 26 000 documents and publications on art from 1965 to the present. The collection focuses on Canadian art, but also includes a number of international publications.

For more information, visit the Collection section.


Who has access to Artexte’s collection?

Access to the collection is free and open to all, without appointment during opening hours, and by appointment outside of opening hours (from Tuesday to Saturday).


Is it possible to get help with research?

Yes. The Librarian and Collections Assistant are available to orient you within the collection and to help you find publications. They are also available to assist you with research tools (the e-artexte catalogue, for example) so that you can easily locate documents that correspond to your research subject.
Do I need a precise idea of my research topic before coming to consult the collection?

At Artexte, all questions regarding research in contemporary art are welcome, whether they be precise or of general interest.
Do not hesitate to come by and use our premises and free Wi-Fi, study peacefully, look through our periodicals and explore the collection to develop your ideas.


May I borrow publications?

Publications in the collection are for on-site consultation only. This being said, the consultation room is equipped with a photocopier for your use. Photocopies and scans are available at an affordable price.


Can I do a research residency at Artexte?

Through our research residency program, we welcome researchers who wish to use our resources and explore the collection to enrich their projects. Residencies are by invitation only; we do not have a call for submissions.
In the past, Artexte has welcomed many researchers and artists including Kegan McFadden, Louis Rastelli, Nicole Burisch and Nick Kline.

For more information, visit the Residencies section.


Is it possible to donate a publication?

Yes. We benefit enormously from the generosity of our donors. 80% of the collection consists of donations from individuals and organisations. Each publication given allows us to enrich the collection. To make a donation, visit the donation policy in the Development section.


Can I consult documents from the collection from a distance?

Yes, certain publications are accessible in digital format and available for consultation and download through e-artexte. However, the majority of Artexte’s collection is composed of printed documents, available only on-site.


What is e-artexte ?

e-artexte has two functions. First, it is our online catalogue. It contains the bibliographic records for all of the publications in the physical collection. Its interface allows you to execute precise searches in order to find publications in the collection that correspond to your subject of interest.

Here is an example of a bibliographic record that corresponds to a physical publication, available only on-site: http://e-artexte.ca/17387/

e-artexte is also an open access database which contains digital versions of Canadian publications on contemporary art. The public can freely consult and download these publications without any registration process. In e-artexte’s records, digital publications are identified with a PDF icon or an HTML link.

Here is an example of a bibliographic record that corresponds to a publication in both formats (printed and digital): http://e-artexte.ca/23750/

In e-artexte you will find digital publications including:
–       Over 20 exhibition catalogues from the Galerie de l’UQAM
–       Over 25 issues of the magazine Nomorepotlucks
–       Over 200 articles from the magazine Esse

For more information, visit the About e-artexte section.
How can I contribute to e-artexte?

Authors and publishers (museums, artists, artist-run centers) can deposit their digital publications in e-artexte in order to make them accessible to a larger public.
For more information contact us at info.collection @ artexte.ca and visit the Deposit your documents section.

 

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ACTIVITIES


What kinds of activities take place at Artexte?

Artexte offers a free public programme of exhibitions and cultural activities.


What can I find in Artexte’s exhibition space?

Artexte’s exhibitions are inspired by the collection and demonstrate an engagement with art documentation as well as printed and published art. Artists and researchers are invited by Artexte. Past exhibitions include works by Sophie Bélair Clément, Daniel Canty and David Tomas, amongst others. Please be advised that there is no call for submissions.


Can I do a residency at Artexte?

Through our research residency program, we welcome researchers who wish to use our resources and explore the collection to enrich their projects. Residencies are by invitation only; Artexte does not have a call for submissions.
In the past, Artexte has welcomed many researchers and artists including Kegan McFadden, Louis Rastelli, Nicole Burisch and Nick Kline.

For more information, visit the Residencies section.


What kinds of cultural activities take place at Artexte?

Artexte organises conferences, readings, performances, public events and workshops.

For example, with the program One Hour, One Book, we invite artists and researchers to present and discuss a book of their choice from the Artexte collection. We also participate in Journées de la culture and Nuit Blanche with workshops such as Recto-Verso-Quattro-Octo, a bookbinding workshop offered in autumn of 2014.


How can I stay informed about Artexte’s activities?

Visit our website, sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter and you won’t miss a thing!

 

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GUIDED VISITS


Do you organize guided visits?

Artexte offers guided visits in French and in English that allow you to discover the collection and the current exhibition. Individual visits are offered during opening hours to all visitors who wish to benefit from this service. No appointment is necessary.

For groups, we generally suggest a complete visit of Artexte, adapted to the specific interests of the group or course outline. Our visits include a brief history of the organization, an introduction to our collection and research services, and a presentation of the exhibition.

To book a group visit, please make an appointment by email at info @ artexte.ca or by phone at 514-874-0049.

 

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PUBLICATIONS FOR SALE

http://artexte.ca/publications/


Purchasing publications on-site at Artexte:


How can I make a purchase?

All publications listed on our website are also available for purchase in Artexte’s consultation room. You may consult and purchase these publications during opening hours.


How can I pay for my purchase?

We accept payments by cash, cheque and credit card (via PayPal).


Will I receive an invoice?

Only upon request, but we will provide you with a receipt at the moment of purchase.


Purchasing publications on the website:
 


How can I make a purchase?

Under the publication that you wish to purchase, select the option “Pick-up at Artexte” (if you   wish to pick up the publication on-site and avoid shipping costs) or the option “with shipping” (if you wish to have the publication sent directly to an address. With this option, a shipping fee of $11 will be added). Then click on “Ajouter au panier”. All prices are in Canadian dollars and taxes will not be added to the price. You may purchase several items at one time.

Please note we are unable to ship certain items, either because of they are of a high value or because they are unique items and must be chosen in person at Artexte.


How can I pay for my purchase?

Payments are processed through PayPal, the most frequently used online payment system. It’s simple, fast and extremely secure! If you do not already have a PayPal account, you can pay easily using most credit cards.


Will I receive an invoice?

Only upon request, but you will automatically receive a receipt from PayPal via email.


What are the shipping costs?

The cost of shipping and processing is at a fixed rate of $11 (for Québec, Canada and International orders). If you order several items at one time, you can contact us in order to adjust shipping costs.


Can I return my book for a refund?

All sales are final; we do not accept any returns.


When will I receive my book?

Orders are generally processed and shipped within 5 working days after the date of purchase. You will receive a confirmation by email when the order has been shipped. We ship all items via Canada Post and we are not responsible for any losses or damages caused by their service.

 

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For all further inquiries we invite you to contact us at: 514 874 0049 or write to us at: info @ artexte.ca.

 

Open to the public
Wednesday to Friday:
from 12 to 7 PM
Saturday : 12 to 5 PM


Contact

2 Sainte-Catherine East
room 301
514-874-0049
info @ artexte.ca