Created by the AGAC in 2007, Papier is a key driver for Canadian contemporary art, as well as a unique meeting ground for the greater public, enthusiasts and visual arts professionals alike.
For the first time this year, the fair will include mediums other than works on paper, giving visitors the chance to discover and appreciate a wide range of contemporary art practices.
Known for her work as a TV host, as well as for her passion for travel and culture, Vanessa has developed over the years a strong interest for contemporary art.
“As a loyal visitor to the Papier Fair, it is with tremendous joy, excitement and pride that I join the event this year as its spokesperson. Whenever I have attended Papier, I came out feeling satisfied, fulfilled, and even more open and curious. I believe that if Papier has become such a key event over the years, it is obviously thanks to the variety and quality of the works presented, but especially because of its accessible, unifying, cool and festive character.”
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs who is pursuing medical studies at McGill University. The young football player is a great lover of contemporary art.
” In many respects, the worlds of art and sports are quite similar, particularly when it comes to the dedicated folks behind the scenes. Papier is an incredible opportunity to meet and talk to fascinating gallerists, serious collectors and talented artists. It is also a chance to buy affordable works. I’ve discovered a number of favourite artists through the fair, and it’s changed the way I look at art. “
Éric Bujold will once again be serving as honorary president of the Papier Art Fair. Mr. Bujold, President of the National Bank Private Banking 1859, is very active in the art community, namely as a board member of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and of the Business for the Arts organization.
“ Montreal is a dynamic, cosmopolitan, innovative city, and art is an integral part of our shared heritage. National Bank is proud to partner with Papier to foster the growth of the arts community here and across Canada. We are both committed to creating the conditions for art to thrive, to recognizing our artists, and to sharing our passion with our many visitors. “
Karine Vanasse is partnering with Papier this year as an ambassador. The Canadian actress, who recently starred in the series Blue Moon and Cardinal, lent her voice to the event from 2014 to 2017. Over the years, Karine has always eloquently shared her passion for art.
“I missed being ambassador for this event. I wanted to take up the challenge because I believe in the impact an artwork can have; because I believe in the openness it can create. We offer you this experience here. In Montréal. Every year. Bringing together the best work being done in Canada.”
Contemporary Art Galleries Association
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