Papier contemporary art fair has established a tried and tested reputation where creativity in all its forms flourish, emerge and seduce year long. Papier is one of the largest art fairs in North America, and the only one in Quebec. The dynamic arts and cultural scene are one of the most defining factors of Montreal.

Created by AGAC in 2007, Papier is a key driver for Canadian contemporary art as well as a unique meeting ground for enthusiasts and visual arts professionals alike.

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association  (AGAC) is proud to present the 12th edition of Papier taking place Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of April at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay. This year, 46 galleries and over 300 artists will present their work to art lovers and professionals in the field. The fair will include mediums other than works on paper, giving visitors a chance to discover a wide range of contemporary art practices.

Guided Tours

An educational program featuring talks and guided tours will be offered to its visitors. Led by experts in visual arts, they offer a course inspired by current themes in contemporary art. No registration required. The starting point for the visits will be at the entrance of the fair, by the information desk. More information at

Panel discussions

Powerful and unique, public art enriches cities, sparks the imagination, and educates by its very nature of being universally accessible.

Whether a source of praise, derision, censorship, or celebration, the intention of public art is to elicit a reaction and engage all those who pass by it.

The panel will explore such questions as: How can public art transform a city? Who commissions it and why? and What is the artist’s responsibility in creating it?

Panelists: Annie Gérin (Professor at UQAM), Sara Angel (Founder and Executive Director, The Art Canada Institute), Shary Boyle (multidisciplinary artist).

General information

> Admission
General Admission – single day: $10
Students/seniors – single day : $8
Papier Pass – 3 days: $15

> Schedule
Friday, April 26: noon – 9 pm
Saturday, April 27: 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday, April 28: 11 am – 6 pm

> Location
Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay
200 de la Commune Street O
Montreal QC H2Y 4B2

Join the VIP Program

Papier’s VIP Program offers a wide variety of exclusive activities that will give you an inside look into Montreal’s contemporary art scene. The program includes visits to some of the city’s top private and corporate art collections, visits to artist studios, as well as
curator-led tours of museums exhibitions.

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6 – 9 pm
Grand Quay, Port of Montreal
200 de la Commune St W
Tickets: $150 – $ 500

Your admission fee to the Papier contemporary art fair gives you access to all the program activities. For those of unable to attend there will be live a stream on the Papier Facebook page. For more information, please contact us by email at [email protected]

Head over to the downtown core and check out more creativity at the MAC.