Ste-Emilie Skillshare | Le centre d’art communautaire Ste-Émilie Skillshare

Who We Are / Mandate

Our Mandate:

The Ste-Emilie Skillshare is a community art space devoted to empowerment, self-determination and collective liberation. It is a space run by and for people who are trans, two-spirit, queer, Indigenous and/or people of colour* and friends. As a collective of activists and artists, we work within an anti-oppression framework toward social and economic transformation. We share skills and resources to create art in the spirit of self-representation and revolution.

*We acknowledge that these terms can be problematic.

Guiding Principles (draft!)
This mission is founded on the understanding that our experiences of (capitalism/poverty), racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia are interlinked. They work to undermine the strength, skills and knowledge within our communities. Having access to resources, skills and spaces helps us to combat these political, economic and social realities. As we learn from and teach each other, we acknowledge how we may be complicit in each other’s oppression in order to develop stronger, more accountable communities. We also equip ourselves to reclaim our images through self-representation from a dominant culture that oftentimes appropriates, digests and serves to us cold that which we hold most dear. We are a part of a community of powerful individuals that defend who and what we love. We want to help it grow stronger.

Functionally, the Skillshare hosts a paper and fabric silkscreen studio, a black and white darkroom, sewing machines and a multi-functional space that plays host to meetings, vernissages and parties. These facilities are available to all on a pay-what-you-can, sliding-scale fee, and are maintained with love. We also play host to workshops throughout the year on a variety of skills, including regular workshops on how to use the equipment. Everyone is welcome.

If you have ideas for events, art shows, art projects, discussion groups, book clubs, etc. that you’d like to see at Ste-Émilie; if you have a silkscreening project that you or your community group want to do; if you have skills to share in our regular skillshare series; if you are interested in being part of the collective that serves as the soul of Ste-Émilie; if you want to volunteer as a
silkscreen expert for our Sidetracks team; if you are drawn to our mandate and think Ste-Emilie might be a good place for you to be, please do get in touch.

Ste-Émilie is a working group of QPIRG Concordia.

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Qui nous sommes:

Le centre d’art communautaire Ste-Émilie Skillshare est un espace artistique communautaire dévoué à l’autonomisation, l’autodétermination et la libération collective. C’est un espace géré par et pour les gens qui sont trans, bispirituels, queer, autochtones et/ou gens de couleur* et leurs amies. En tant que collectif de militantes et d’artistes, nous travaillons dans un cadre d’anti-oppression vers une transformation sociale et économique. Nous partageons des compétences et des ressources afin de créer l’art dans l’esprit de l’auto-représentation et de la révolution.

Nous montons et garons un studio d’art permettant aux gens d’apprendre de nouvelles habiletes, et creer de l’art dans l’esprit de la revolution et de l’anti-oppression. L’espace est ouvert a touses et toutes.

Nous tenons des studio-libres tous les samedis de 13h a 18h ainsi que des ateliers ouverts au public, pas cher ou par contribution volontaire.

Nos locaux comprennent un studio de serigraphie (papier et tissu), une chambre noire pour photo en noir et blanc, des machines a coudre, du materiel d’artisanat, une salle de jeux pour enfants et une bibliotheque/distributrice de zines.