L'offre en conserves. Atelier de création. 2018. DHC/ART. Montréal. Photo : Marie-Hélène Lemaire.

L'offre en conserves. Atelier de création. 2018. DHC/ART. Montréal. Photo : Daniel Fiset.

L'offre en conserves. Atelier de création. 2018. DHC/ART. Montréal. Photo : Marie-Hélène Lemaire.

Exploration avec le Laboratoire du Collectif L'Araignée. RdG, Noémie McComber et Helena Martin Franco. Montréal. 2015. Photo : Kymura Byol

MIXOFF 2 - Jacob Wren + Raphaëlle de Groot. 2014. Vente de garage performative. OFFTA. Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui. Montréal. Photo : Caroline Boileau.

Remblai-Déblai. Intervention de Vlan paysages dans le cadre de Mémoire vive [commissariat]. 2002. Montréal. Photo : Paul Litherland.

Horatio Nelson 1758-2002. Intervention de l'Internationale virologie numismatique dans le cadre de Mémoire vive [commissariat]. 2002. Montréal. Photo : Paul Litherland.

En marge - special projects







Designed in collaboration with

DHC/ART Education, offered in conjunction

with the exhibition L’OFFRE

from October 5, 2017 to March 11, 2018

at DHC/ART Foundation



“Starting with a simple and playful proposition—to realize an “artistic canning”—, Home Canning echoes notions in L’OFFRE, such as exchange, preservation and shared experience. Canning is used to preserve food that, through hermetic sealing, becomes non-perishable. This technique will be used in the workshop to formulate a thought destined for someone unknown by arranging found materials.


The workshop begins with participants gathering material prior to their arrival at DHC/ART. They will collect odds and ends found in their environment, whether inside (at home, at work, at school…) or outside (at their home base or on their way to DHC/ART).” — Source : DHC/ART


Do I need to bring anything with me?

Just yourself! We supply all the equipment on the night! Best of all, we set up and pack down for you, all you need to do is relax, unwind and have fun!

What is PAINTED?

PAINTED is a paint and sip party! We teach you how to paint a masterpiece in a two hour painting session. PAINTED supplies your first alcoholic beverage upon entry and all the materials needed! On the night of the event we have an instructor walking you through the process with step-by-step instructions so don't worry if you have never painted before, we will guide you through it.

Where is PAINTED's event held?

PAINTED venue is at Nivara Lounge, Hamilton. Please arrive 15 minutes before the event starts to find your seat. Head over to the bar, your first drink is on us!

Would I enjoy PAINTED's event?

PAINTED is here for all kinds of people, groups and activities. We encourage you to come along and experience the joys of Hamilton's greatest paint'n'sip party! If you have never picked up a paintbrush before then this is the event for you! We will have an artist there on the night teaching you to paint your very own masterpiece with step by step instructions.

I dont know how to paint?!?

You will find that most people who come to PAINTED events have not painted since primary school, and that hasn't stopped them from finding a new found passion and skill. Give it a try, you may be surprised!

What time should I arrive?

Aim of 20-15 minutes before the event starts. This will allow you to find your seat and to head over to the bar, first drink is on us!

What the size of the canvas?

You’ll be painting on a large 12X16inch (30x40cm) stretched canvas. It’s self-framed and will be ready to hang right after the event ends. In some cases the size of the canvas may differ due to the painting being more time consuming. If this is the case, the details on the event page will specify these changes.

What drink is included with the ticket?

ANY alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverage of your choice!

Can I bring my own food or drinks?

BYO food is allowed! Sorry but drinks must be purchased at the venue.

What age do I have to be to attend?

This event is strictly R18 UNLESS supervised by a parent/guardian.

Can I give my ticket to a friend?

To transfer tickets, please email or facebook message PAINTED with the name of the person you wish to transfer your ticket to. Facebook: www.facebook.com/Painted-Hamilton/ Email: Paintednz@hotmail.com

What is the refund/cancillation policy?

a 'No Show’ will not be rescheduled and no refund given. You can switch your booking to another date provided you give up to 72-hours notice prior to your session. If something does come up within 72-hours of the session and you need to cancel or reschedule, a $20 rebooking fee per seat applies. This is due to limited seating. To reschedule, you can contact PAINTED by email Paintednz@hotmail.com or via facebook messenger www.facebook.com/Painted-Hamilton

How can I contact you with a question?

If you have any further questions that are not answered here, Use PAINTED's Contact Form below or give Phoebe a call on +64 27 247 9390.


Laboratoire d’exploration

en interventions urbaines

et performatives

With the Collectif L’Araignée



Garbage and bulky waste collection day in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood. What better opportunity to organize a conversation with Noémie McComber and Helena Martin Franco. Collective L'araignée's Laboratory .


— L’Araignée, collectif de diffusion et d’expérimentation en art actuel


Performance | 6h


Presented within the context of the OFFTA 2014 edition’s program, in coproduction with PME-ART


May 31

Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui

salle Jean-Claude Germain, Montreal


"Jacob Wren, interdisciplinary performer and writer, has always been interested in the idea of contemporary nomadism and the rebellion against pervasive sedentarism. Raphaëlle de Groot, a pioneer Montreal visual artist, is about to leave everything behind and settle in Brazil with her family in an attempt to radically rethink her lifestyle. On the night before her departure, they organize a garage sale during which she will be able to let go of her belongings, to free herself before leaving towards new territories. A reflection on the concept of wandering and of territorial affiliation. " 


—Source: OFFTA 2014



Jacob Wren +

Raphaëlle de Groot


Square des Frères-Charon

Public Place



Conception: Gavin Affleck, architect; Raphaëlle de Groot, visual artist; Robert Desjardins, landscape architect, City of Montreal. With the collaboration of Gilles Arpin (lighting), Sandra Baronne (plantation), Michel Morelli / Morelli Designers (urban furniture), François Riopel / Genivar (engineering), Julie Leclerc and Paul Martin / Moitié-moitié (interpretation concept and design), Annick Poussart (writing).

In 2005, the City of Montreal appointed a multidisciplinary team to work out a concept for the development of the square des Frères-Charon (corner of McGill and Wellington). The selection process organized to engage an artist interestingly proposed an open-ended collaboration where the production of an art work was not the pre-set objective. The intention was above all to integrate the artist’s point of view and expertise in the whole conception process. 


At the start, the challenge was to provide the square with its own identity and coherence. Looking at its history, we can see that from the moment the land appears on the map of the city (1845), its destiny remains undefined for quite some time. As a sort of “orphan” space, it successively belonged to different owners who didn’t build anything significant on it and used it as a storage area and then as a parking lot. In 1965, the East portion of the site was expropriated to set up the Saint-Jacques D'Youville main sewer. The rest followed in 1974 for the purposes of a pumping station. It is only in 1989, after completion of these works, that the «parc des Frères-Charon» is developed. Its design is a sort of stopgap solution. During that period, the sector is a bit left to itself. Nevertheless, at the end of the 1990’s, the increasing number of residents and workers transform the neighbourhood. Some major real estate projects are built around the square and it becomes out of date.  

The square is an elusive space, torn between different urban dynamics and designs. As a kind of  turntable, it serves as a threshold to various destinations and activities, thus playing an important role in maintaining the relationships between the Faubourg des Récollets, the Cité multimédia, Old Montreal, the Vieux-Port and McGill street. It also harbours infrastructures and public equipments that impose inescapable constraints.

The first challenge was to reconcile the square’s own space with its function as a crossroads. The second was to better integrate the infrastructures it must shelter. The team proposed a landscape experience revealing the present-day city as well as traces of the site’s original use. This is obtained through a circular shape cut out directly in the pavement, to recall the field where the Charon brothers, erected a windmill, itself evoked by granite marking in the south-eastern area of the square. This move suggests a time span that lets one imagine the site’s gradual transformations. The city/field contrast is accented by a choice of vegetation that stresses seasonal changes; the coloured night lighting also underlines the vegetation. Finally, one of the technical buildings was modified to inaugurate a small belvedere. Walking up the circular stairway to its top, one discovers yet another view of the square and the city all around.

Interview with Raphaëlle de Groot by Jean-François Prost, «Le square des Frères-Charon» in Dis/location 1 : projet d’articulation urbaine, square Viger. Directed by Jean-Pierre Caissie. Montreal : Dare-dare, Centre de diffusion d’art multidisciplinaire de Montreal, 2008, p 133-146.


Curatorial project presented by the artist run center Dare-dare in collaboration with the Centre d’histoire de Montréal from May 31 to September 22, 2002


With Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable, Caroline Boileau, Mireille Cliche, Ani Deschênes, Guy Giard, Internationale virologie numismatique, Denis Lessard, Nadia Myre, Terres en vues and Vlan paysages.




The intention with Mémoire vive was to bring together artists and professionals in the fields of history, heritage, and museums around questions that would prompt them to reconsider the relationships between memory and urban space: How does memory exist in the city and in the community? Who and what does it serve? Artists and specialists were asked to share investigative techniques and strategies of intervention to pose concrete actions in the city. The idea was to establish connections between “dead” memory, reified in documents, writings, objects, and vestigial artifacts—or yet still, between latent and anonymous memory—, and a “living” memory, rooted in a constantly regenerated present.


The projects brought forth by participants offered various points of view on history and the role of the artist. Beyond their chosen historical subjects, they explored various social functions that might generate times of rest and opportunities for chance encounters. At such moments of pause, and often of subversion, history was being reread on an intimate scale.


Mémoire vive


Mémoire vive + L’algèbre d’Ariane. Directed by Jean-Pierre Caissie and Marianne Thibeault. Montreal: Dare-Dare. 2004. 216 p.

Lafortune, Marie-Josée. « Mémoire vive: le processus comme force active ». ESSE, Montreal, n° 47 (winter 2003), p. 12-21.

Charron, Marie-Ève. « Passés recomposés ». Le Devoir, Montreal (August 3-4, 2002), p. D5.

Tousignant, Isa. « History in the Making ». Hour, Montreal, June 13-19, 2002, p. 29.

Redfern, Christine. « Gotta go back in time ». Mirror, Montreal, June 6-12, 2002, p. 48.

Delgado, Jérôme. « Au-delà du "Je me souviens" ». La Presse, Montreal, June 10, 2002, p. C8

Lamarche, Bernard. « Changer de terrain ». Le Devoir, Montreal, June 2, 2002, p. D7

L'offre en conserve. Atelier de création. 2018. DHC/ART. Photo : Daniel Fiset.