Edouard Bastarache on fri 2 jun 00
This canadian Biennale was started by my pottery buddy,
Michel Lemire MFA., at the beginning of the eighties in Trois-
Rivi=E8res Qu=E9bec Canada.
Ninth Biennale nationale de c=E9ramique
"Voyage" trough time=85space=85life
Juried, invited artists, special events
Galerie d'art du Parc
et =E0 la
Maison de la culture
FROM JUNE 16 TO SEPTEMBER 3, 2000
The Biennale nationale de c=E9ramique presents its ninth edition, bringin=
together works of all forms of expression, styles, and dimensions. This
ninth edition includes the juried exhibition, an invitational exhibitions
"Machine =E0 voyager dans le temps", and various activities and workshops.
Since its beginnings in 1984, the Biennale nationale de c=E9ramique has c=
as its mission to serve the development and recognition of clay as a medi=
of artistic expression. Throughout each Biennale, the organizing committ=
has always aimed to encourage excellence, research, and innovation.
THE 9TH EDITION:
The ninth Biennale nationale de c=E9ramique, inspired by the passage from=
century to another, invites artists to explore the theme "Voyage".
A theme referring to the ideas of adventure, distance, passage, crossing,
pilgrimage, journey, peregrination...until the ultimate voyage...Voyage...
All Canadian artists were invited to submit one or more works integrating
clay in a significant manner. All forms of expression, styles, technique=
and dimensions are permitted, as long as they respect the theme Voyage.
The works presented during the exhibition were selected by a jury compose=
of professionals from the visual arts milieu: Ms. Francine Potvin, cerami=
and professor at Concordia University, Mr. Richard Purdy, visual arts art=
and professor at the University du Qu=E9bec =E0 Trois-Rivi=E8res, Ms. Bar=
Silverberg, curator. This committee has choosen 36works (from 27 artists=
based on their originality, excellence, and innovation.
The works of the juried exhibition, presented at the Galerie d=92art du P=
in Trois-Rivi=E8res, are published in a colour catalogue and will travel =
several large Canadian cities and around the world via the internet.
These prizes were awarded during the opening ceremony on June 16, 2000.
- Prix de la Ville de Trois-Rivi=E8res 2000 $
Sponsored by Ville de Trois-Rivi=E8res
- Prix Pierre-Legault 2000 $
Sponsored by Banque Nationale du Canada
- Prix de la rel=E8ve Jeannot Blackburn 1000 $
- Prix du public 1000 $
Sponsored by the Corporation of the Biennale nationale de c=E9ramique, de=
by popular vote, given at the closing ceremonies on September 3, 2000.
MACHINE =C0 VOYAGER DANS LE TEMPS
An invitational exhibition:
Taken from the principal theme "Voyage","La machine =E0 voyager dans le t=
allows the exploration of the past, the future, and the human adventure.
Man in his perpetual search of self, his past, and of what he will become.
Humans, constantly pushed by the desire to know and perfect that which
surrounds them, invent and create machines for their use. Through their
marvellous yet sometimes destructive inventions, they attempt to make us
share their imagination.
This exhibition, an invitational event, has been created in conjunction w=
the juried exhibition of the Biennale. Mr. Richard Purdy, curator of thi=
exhibition, selected the works of four up-and-coming Qu=E9bec artists: Pa=
Bureau, Annie Pelletier, Simon Robert et Tanya St-Pierre. The works are
presented at the Maison de la culture de Trois-Rivi=E8res, from June 16
September 3, 2000 and published in the Biennale 2000 colour catalogue.
VOYAGE AUTOUR DE LA TERRE:
In keeping with the theme "Voyage", the special event entitled "Voyage
autour de la terre" brings together more than one hundred works of artist=
who have participated in the last eight Biennales. The artists were aske=
to express their creativity directly on a blank ceramic tile which was ha=
sent them prior to the event.
The form of each tile, resembling that of a post card, allows a visual an=
symbolic reference to the card which embarks on a voyage and transmits a
message. At the end of the event, artists can either trade their work wi=
that of another artist, or include it in the box to be filled during the
Biennale=92s closing ceremony. This symbolic gesture will stand as a mes=
to future generations. Finally, the collection will include an invitatio=
to discover the tiles in 2084, the one hundredth anniversary of the
A selection of films from the 2=B0 Festival international du film "K=E9ra=
held in April 2000 in Montpellier, France, are presented all summer. Clay
modeling workshops and demonstrations.
BIENNALE NATIONALE DE C=C9RAMIQUE:
Our organization and its beginnings:
FOUNDED in 1982, the organization held its first event in 1984. Since th=
a juried exhibition open to Canadian artists has been held every two year=
The exhibition is for artists using clay as their primary material of
expression. It is held in conjunction with one or several other exhibiti=
of invited artists, and is organized and show in Trois-Rivi=E8res during =
summer. Afterwards, the juried exhibition travels to various large Canad=
THE AIMS of the Biennale are many. We wish to encourage research and
innovation in artists who express themselves through the medium of clay. =
aim to promote excellence and be a witness to the vitality of ceramic art=
this country. We want to encourage exchanges between the work=92s creator=
Finally, it is our goal to inform and familiarize the general public abou=
the diversity and richness of artistic expression that the clay medium ha=
A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, the Biennale=92s Board of Directors is made up=
seven members from different socio-economic milieux. The Board works in
close collaboration with the organizing committee responsible for the
development, organization, and realization of the events. This committee=
made up of four or five members, depending on the financial resources
available and the work projects obtained.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT comes from federal and provincial grants, along with
municipal funding (financial and service sponsorship), private businesses=
and public organizations (financial sponsorship and especially service
Dans / In "La Belle Province"