Now celebrating its 16th year, Art Matters is a student-run art festival that showcases the diversity of Concordia University’s artistic community. The festival promotes emerging talent and provides participants with professional experience by working alongside cultural institutions, galleries, and artist-run centers. The Art Matters festival has exhibited work produced by Concordia undergraduate students in the fields of dance, video, music, design, creative writing, theatre and the visual arts. Annually occurring in mid-March, Art Matters features three weeks of exhibitions curated by Concordia students in venues throughout the city and hosts many special events such as vernissages, an opening party featuring live performances, and a lecture series of talks and workshops hosted by professional artists.
The Art Matters Festival is a fee-levy organisation created by and for the undergraduate students of Concordia University. We provide emerging artists and curators opportunities to promote and develop their practices by bringing the emerging and the established together. We commit to promoting a diverse range of artistic approaches and processes. We aim to facilitate communication and dialogue within the community of Concordia University and Montreal at large.We strive to be inclusive and encourage diversity. Each year, the Art Matters Festival is an epicentre for the growth and celebration of art, community, and education.