Montreal’s cultural and artistic hub, the Plateau (and its surrounding neighbourhoods) has a great selection of independent art galleries, each with a unique focus and flare. From Articule, a tiny gallery space on Fairmont Avenue, to Art Mûr, one of the largest private contemporary galleries in Canada, visiting these galleries will give you a wonderful experience of the city’s contemporary art scene and its artists.
Station 16 is a contemporary urban art gallery located on St-Laurent Blvd in the lower Plateau. The gallery invites exhibitions that challenge the traditional art scene—especially artists who are primarily influenced by graffiti and street art. It’s a space that is dynamic and alive, serving as a hub for the city’s lively street art scene, much of which is centred around the Plateau.
Address: 3523 St Laurent Blvd
2. Beaux Arts des Amériques (bAdA)
bAdA has two gallery spaces – one in the heart of the Plateau on St-Denis, and another a bit farther north on St-Laurent Blvd. The gallery promotes established and emerging artists from Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, providing perfect spaces to view the art and celebrate the artists of its beautifully curated exhibitions.
Address: 3944 rue Saint-Denis /5432 boul. Saint-Laurent
3. Le Livart
Le Livart is a multidiciplinary art centre offering a contemporary exhibition space in the heart of the Plateau. Open for less than a year, this exquisite space is housed in the renovated presbytery for the Sanctuary of the Rosary and St. Jude Catholic church next door. The old wooden mouldings and trappings of the building’s former religious past have been kept, yet renovated to add light and modernity. The effect is captivating and truly unique.
Address: 3980 rue Saint Denis
Articule is an artist-run centre just a few steps north of the Plateau on Fairmont avenue. Its mandate is to present a broad range of contemporary art practices, with special consideration given to emerging artists. Its small gallery space is a great place to see the work of Montreal artists, with occasional shows by other Canadian and international artists.
Address: 262 Ave Fairmount O
5. Art Mûr
Art Mûr is a bit farther north in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and is one of Canada’s largest private contemporary art galleries. The gallery represents practices ranging from painting and sculpture to new media and performance art. Art Mûr draws together collectors, curators, artists and clients in creating an exhibition space that plays a prominent role in the contemporary art scene in Montreal.
Address: 5826 rue Saint Hubert