The exhibition Arrimage 2014 is the culmination of an educational project that ran throughout the school year and involved more than 550 elementary and secondary school children on the island of Montréal. For the past several months, these youngsters took part in a research and art creation project revolving around the theme of symbiosis, which they explored from both a scientific and an artistic viewpoint. First of all, a visit to the Montréal Science Centre gave them a chance to examine this phenomenon that enables many plant and animal species to live together in mutually beneficial relationships and in perfect harmony. Then, on a visit to the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the students looked through this lens of symbiosis and observed how an artist manages to assemble disparate elements to create an original image and give it new meaning. Finally, under the guidance of their art teachers, they worked this theme into a collective creation.

This year, twenty schools from three school boards participated in Arrimage. The project is organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal under the program A Montréal School for All established by Québec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. The artworks will also be on display from July 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 at the Montréal Science Centre, the Musée’s partner in this project.

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