Credit: Marc Seguin
23rd EDITION OF THE EXHIBITION-AUCTION PARLE-MOI D’AMOUR:
FROM RIOPELLE TO DAVID ALTMEJD, OVER 300 ARTWORKS
IN SUPPORT OF MENTAL HEALTH
MICHEL GOULET AND CAROLINE MONNET LEND THEIR VOICES TO THE CAUSE
From September 9 to 23, 2021, the annual exhibition-auction Parle-moi d’amour will be held at UQAM’s Cœur des sciences Agora. Proud of the success of the very first virtual edition of Parle-moi d’amour in 2020, Les Impatients are now adapting the experience, opting this time for a hybrid formula. This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with art that feels good and that does good!
The exhibition will present over 300 artworks by Les Impatients and renowned visual artists, as well as prestigious donations from private collections. All funds raised will allow Les Impatients to continue to offer free, every week and in 19 locations in Quebec, creative workshops to more than 850 people living with mental health problems. The silent auction will take place online and the exhibition will be accessible to visitors in accordance with current sanitary measures. This way, it will be possible to bid from anywhere in Quebec. The event will end with a colorful evening where some thirty artworks will be put up for a live auction.
For this 23rd edition, James Hyndman will act as spokesperson, alongside Matteo Esteves. Manon Gauthier, Executive Director of the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation, will hold the role of chair of the honorary committee for a second year. The guest artists of this edition will be Michel Goulet and Caroline Monnet. This edition also inaugurates a new partnership with Artch.
Matteo Esteves, the spokesperson for Les Impatients, testifies to his experience in the workshops: “Even when I feel in destruction mode, the fact of going to the workshops means that I end up doing something with this energy. Deep down, even destruction becomes creation. The sale of the artworks of Parle-moi d’amour will enable Les Impatients to continue offering several workshops that, in a way, are like a mountain refuge.”
During periods of confinement, the artists in charge of the workshops have kept in touch with their participants to ensure that art continues to serve mental health and foster a sense of community. Several workshops continued virtually.
“Welcoming over 850 people per week, facing waiting lists and an upsurge in mental health problems due to the pandemic, it is more important than ever to unite in order to make this event a success, both financial and human,” said the general manager of the organization, Frédéric Palardy.
To meet this growing demand, three new workshops have opened in different cities across the province of Québec. These locations welcome an ever larger and more varied clientele, by developing partnerships with the Director of Youth Protection and the college community. In almost 30 years of existence, the organization has shown that its workshops reduce hospital visits and improve the health of their participants.
Opening // Thursday, September 9 from 5:30 pm
Silent auction // From September 9 to 23, 2021; at macause.com/imp/encan
Closing evening // Thursday, September 23 from 5:30 pm – tickets on sale for 25$, from September 15 on our website.
Opening hours*: Thursday from 11 am to 5:30 pm • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 8 pm • Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm * Subject to change according to sanitary measures.
Agora du Cœur des sciences of UQAM, 175 avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montréal
Throughout the exhibition, team members will be on hand to welcome visitors, guide them through their visit, and introduce the organization. Visitors will be able to access the exhibition free of charge by booking a time slot online. Places are limited in order to comply with current health regulations.
Visit their website impatients.ca for event details.