Our permanent collection is alive! It is activated through public events supporting writing, new artworks and publications around visual and print culture. We aim to be inclusive of all cultures existing across Canada in contemporary art. Our offers include conferences, workshops, readings, artist talks, performances, film screenings and many off site activities such as Papier art fair and the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul.

Spring 2021
“Beginning with history, depending on how you understand it, could quite easily keep you going almost indefinitely, one thing leading to the next, till you got to your end, never perhaps having gotten past the beginning.” [1] — Anne Ramsden…
Spring 2021

Archiver le vivant : un laboratoire méthodologique

How does the encounter between the document collection and live or performative arts inform the subject of collaboration? My residency draws from Artexte’s material documents —a literature primarily donated by a community of artists and cultural workers—  so as to…
Spring 2021

Wayside Archive

The artefacts and narratives of black queer women rarely surface in archives and art historical canons. Yet, as Katherine McKittrick notes in “Mathematics Black Life,” the genealogies of the black folks—of black life—are to be found in archives. At Artexte,…
Spring 2021

Narrative of process: activating the artist’s book

Kadie and Klara first met in 2018 while together at an artist- and writer-in-residency program in Montserrat, Spain. They have continued to work together since, using their respective practices to create dialogues between moving-image and poetic works. Drawing on a…
Fridays, February 26, March 26, April 30, 2021 + TBD — 2PM to 3:30 PM

Online

Artexte is proud to support the Art Gallery of York University in presenting the Desire Lines: Mapping the Metadata of Toronto Arts Publishing speaker series as a prequel to our future exhibition Lignes de désir // Desire Lines: Displaced Narrative…

Hello out there ! Greetings from the Artexte library !

On behalf of everyone here, I wish you good health and the stamina to find what brings you happiness and fulfillment during these times.  Back in the days when we could be in the same room, we had been thinking…

Discover the Artexte's collection here and on our Instagram from another perspective

Throughout 2021, Artexte will unveil a series of unboxing videos featuring members of our team, guest artists, curators, researchers. The Artexte Unboxings series will feature each invitee as they search through our shelves and choose a box, a file, a…
Image of Artexte Librarians Hélène Brousseau and Jessica Hébert at work.

Looking back on our activities during a very unusual year

As we come to the end of this very unusual and challenging year, we continue to forge ahead in our mission to provide reliable information sources for research on contemporary visual arts. We would like to highlight some of the…

Browse the Artexte collection online and discover our research tools with our librarians

Welcome to Artexte’s virtual tours where our librarians Jessica Hébert and Hélène Brousseau provide an in-depth look at our collection, discuss the history of Artexte and describe the various possibilities for research and services that we provide. Each tour has…

Themed research in the Artexte Collection

Many research residencies at Artexte have led to thorough thematic explorations of our collection, or started with a specific question in mind. These residencies resulted in bibliographies tracing the researchers’ findings. These bibliographies offer an effective way to start your…