Mental Health & Arts: the Auction Exhibition Parle-moi d’amour is Now Online!

FOR THE FIRST TIME,

EVERY QUEBECERS WILL BE ABLE TO BID ONLINE ON THE EXHIBITION

ARTWORKS PARLE-MOI D’AMOUR BY LES IMPATIENTS

nitially scheduled for last March, but postponed due to the pandemic, the annual exhibition-auction Parle-moi d’amour will finally take place fromOctober 15th until the 29th, 2020. To adapt to the new context, Les Impatients presents a new formula: the auction will take place entirely online.

Parle-moi d’amour is Les Impatients’ main fundraising activity. In these uncertain times, its importance is that much greater to ensure the future of the organization. Spokesperson James Hyndman, Manon Gauthier, Executive Director of the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation, and Chair of the Honorary Committee, and guest artists Mathieu Beauséjour and Dominique Blain lend their voices to the 22nd edition of the event.

“In the past few months, we have realized the importance of being concerned about mental health. We have all been exposed to its fragility. The exhibition Parle-moi d’amour is a great opportunity to come together around a collective issue, but also to take concrete action to help the people around us, to value them and to recognize them,” underlines the general manager of the organization Frédéric Palardy.

The exhibition will feature over 330 works created by Les Impatients and professional artists as well as prestigious donations from collectors. All proceeds will enable Les Impatients to continue offering free creative workshops every week to over 850 people who struggle with mental health, in 17 locations across Quebec.

Our workshops range from drawing to painting, music and theatre, dance and comic book creation. Les Impatients spokesperson Krystie-Ann Caron recalls her workshop experiences: “At first, it took a lot of courage to show my finger paintings and pastel drawings. But as I began to feel more accepted by everyone, I became more audacious. The music workshop also introduced me to percussion instruments through musical improvisation with other Impatients. It was so much fun!”

During this unprecedented time of crisis, mental health is a major issue that must be acknowledged. “A recent study showed that 87% of creative workshop participants noticed an improvement in their health, and 66% reported fewer hospital visits. It is clear that Les Impatients is here for a reason and that art does them good,” adds Frédéric Palardy.

Since the beginning of confinement and the closure of studios, artists have kept in touch with their participants to ensure that art continues to serve mental health while encouraging a sense of community. The workshops will gradually resume this fall in accordance with the health measures put in place. In addition to bidding, people will be able to donate to the organization through the virtual auction platform.

Among this edition’s artists: Rita Assouline, Mathieu Beauséjour, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Dominique Blain, Marie-Claire Blais, Michel de Broin, Raphaëlle de Groot, René Derouin, Eddy Firmin, Michel Goulet, Sophie Jodoin, Luce Meunier, Caroline Monnet, Élisabeth Picard, Dominique Pétrin, Yann Pocreau, Carlos and Jason Sanchez, Marc Séguin, Heidi Spector, Karen- Elaine Spencer, Gabor Szilasi, and Elena Willis.

Les Impatients is also honoured to have received the support of generous collectors who have contributed 64 works by renowned artists, such as:

Edmund Alleyn, Raymonde April, Nicolas Baier, Marcel Barbeau, Kittie Bruneau, Shepard Fairey, Pascal Grandmaison, Celia Perrin Sidarous, Jean Paul Riopelle, and Claude Tousignant.

Virtual Auction

Opening: October 15th at 8 am

Closing: October 29th at 8 pm

Exhibition open to the public // From October 16th until the 29th

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm • Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

Les Impatients, 100 Sherbrooke Street East, suite 4000, Montreal

Admission to the exhibition is free for visitors by booking a time slot online.
Given the current situation, places are limited.

Contact us to make an appointment outside of opening hours.

For details about the event, visit impatients.ca.

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