Symposium d’art/nature: September 22 – October 2

The Symposium d’art/nature: Moncton 2016 will be held from September 22 to October 2, mainly in the Millenium Ecological Park of the Université de Moncton with manifestations elsewhere in the City of Moncton.

For ten days, the park and the city will become an in situ creation and intervention laboratory where the public will be invited to follow the creative process. Nine (9) artists and collectives from New Brunswick, Canada and France will produce non-permanent public art projects that will be conceived and developed in diverse areas of the park.


Participating artists

Camille Bernard-Gravel (Québec)

Gilles Bruni (France)

Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc (Moncton)

Sonja Hébert (Vancouver)

Denis Lanteigne (Caraquet)

Collectif M+M+M (Mathieu Boucher Côté, Marika Drolet-Ferguson et Marie-Êve Cormier) (Moncton-Tracadie)

Douglas Scholes (Montréal)

Scenocosme (France)

José Luis Torres (Montmagny)


The event is developed around the following theme: For ages, humans have thought that they must conquer nature, that nature is there to be used, cultivated and exploited to fulfill a growing need for resources. This approach has brought us way beyond the biophysical limits of the planet as evidenced by the current global warming crisis. The existential stake of how to remedy this in a durable and viable manner requires that we enhance our creative reflexivity. Art and ecology are therefore part of the great challenge of the 21st century.


Conferences and blog

A series of conferences will be held during the ten days of the symposium and will host professionals of various fields of knowledge and experience. The theme of this series, Negotiating territories, will be a review of various approaches that address the territory through artistic action.


Lecturers and panelists

Gilles Bruni (France)

Ronald Babin (Moncton)

Martin Dufrasne (Montréal)

Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc (Moncton)

Marie-Andrée Giroux (Moncton)

Isabelle Hayeur (Montréal)

Gregory Lasserre (France)

Christiana Myers (St-John)

Edith-Anne Pageot (Montréal)

Matthew Williston (Moncton)


The symposium also features a writing component where authors are invited to produce short essays in reaction to the artists’ interventions. These essays will be published daily on the event’s blog:



The event’s launch and press conference will be held Thursday September 22nd at 10 AM at the gazebo situated at the heart of the park. Artists will be present from 3PM to 6PM Monday to Friday and 1PM to 4PM Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to all events is free.

Parallel to the symposium, the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen will be presenting the exhibition Im/pénétrable nature featuring work by artists Isabelle Hayeur, Mathieu Léger and D’Arcy Wilson, opening September 28 at 5pm. This exhibition explores human anxiety relative to nature and the ecological challenge and will be presented from September 7 to October 16.

Guided tours of the park and artistic projects will be offered on Saturday October 1st between 10AM and 3PM, followed by an opening from 2PM to 4PM.

An evening of flash-presentations will follow on the same day where most of the participating artists will present the project that they realized during the symposium. This event will be held in the Salle Bernard-LeBlanc at the Centre culturel Aberdeen at 8pm. The evening will continue with music with Marquis de Mont Royal and DJ Art Nature.


The Symposium d’art/nature: Moncton 2016 is an initiative of the Université de Moncton’s visual arts department and sociology department, the Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben-Cohen, the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, and of the Parc écologique du Millénaire committee (Millenium Ecological Park). The organizing committee members are Ronald Babin, Jean-Pierre Caissie, Nisk Imbeault, Elise Anne LaPlante and André Lapointe.

The Symposium d’art/nature : Moncton 2016 is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture of New Brunswick, artsnb, the City of Moncton, Canadian Heritage, the Sécrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes of Québec and the Université de Moncton.

We also thank our sponsors l’Acadie Nouvelle, McArthur’s Nurseries and Ancrages revue acadienne de création littéraire.