À Propos Flottille.

FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE est la première rencontre transnationale axée sur l’aspect nomade et éphémère de la culture artistique autogérée contemporaine du Canada atlantique. Du 21 au 24 septembre 2017, des participants de partout dans le monde travailleront avec des artistes et des intervenants de la région pour réinventer la culture artistique autogérée par une série d’expositions publiques, d’événements et de discussions prenant place à Charlottetown et ses environs, sur l’Île-du- Prince-Édouard. À partir d’une métaphore nautique, des bateaux regroupés dans des eaux libres, FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE rejoint le mouvement constant des pratiques culturelles. La métaphore rappelle l’idée de nomadisme, d’isolement, de transition, d’échange et d’innovation.

La programmation de FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE tiendra compte des formes d’organisation flexibles, sensibles et provisoires, de plus en plus nécessaires pour l’évolution à long terme de la culture artistique autogérée contemporaine. On mettra l’accent sur les plateformes innovatrices de collaboration artistique. Les conversations autour de FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE se tiendront hors des espaces de pouvoir traditionnels, sur des plages, autour de la table de pique-nique, la nuit et sur la place publique. La discussion sera axée sur la production artistique en lien avec des thématiques sociales et politiques.

FLOTILLA/FLOTTILLE vise à renforcer le réseau artistique autogéré en explorant l’idée émancipatrice que l’appropriation de l’espace par les artistes favorise la possession des moyens de production. La médiation culturelle et la discussion autour de nourriture, la collaboration, l’architecture flottante et l’archive mobile deviennent des plateformes permettant de toucher de nouveaux publics. Nous explorerons des idées pertinentes telles que la médiation culturelle, la documentation, des lendemains imaginaires, ainsi que la reconnaissance et la mise au défi d’attitudes colonialistes. Nous nous pencherons aussi sur la façon dont notre relation avec les espaces créatifs disponibles affecte notre productivité artistique.

Équipe de base.

Becka Viau

Chef de projet

Michael McCormack

Directeur artistique

Amanda Shore

Coordonnateur de programmation

Beth Lassaline

Gestionnaire de l’événement

Brandon Hood

Gestionnaire adjoint de l'événement

Pan Wendt

Consultante en conservation/liaison d'institution publique
Équipe de commissariat.

Raven Davis


Michael Eddy


Mary MacDonald


John Murchie


Zachary Gough


Elise Anne LaPlante

Mary Florence MacDonald.

Sending Love and Support for Friends and Family of Mary Florence MacDonald

It is with deep sadness, fond reflections, and heavy hearts that all of us at Atlantis (Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic) acknowledge the passing of Mary Florence MacDonald,  a lively, talented, influential and dedicated member of our community, and most recently, our Flotilla curatorial team.

Mary was deeply committed to overcoming the barriers between art professionals and all surrounding communities, seeing them as interlocking and more akin than separate. She valued all levels of partnerships, especially day-to-day, unexpected interactions with people and places that she encountered, which always resulted in creating stronger and long-lasting bonds between all people involved. Mary was incredibly receptive to all immediate happenings, yet solidly thoughtful and steadfast in her morals, supporting all her friends, community members, artists and partners. She was brilliantly funny, witty, kind-hearted, fearless and spontaneous. She had a rare ability to bridge people together from completely separate walks of life, without judgement or incentives, purely through a genuine interest and belief that through collaboration and respect, communities can bond and strengthen. Both her curatorial practice and her life were dedicated to this.

Mary’s curatorial work was acutely in tune with work that brought together a vast spectrum of experiences, through which she found a way to integrate into cutting-edge programming initiatives in many situations: through her role as Director of Eastern Edge artist-run centre in St. John’s, NL, her graduate studies at OCAD, founding Girls Rock Camps, independant projects—the W(here) festival in Pictou, NS—and most recently her involvement with Flotilla as an editor, advisor, and member of our curatorial team.

Mary contributed a great deal to the writing of our major grants, the creative visioning, curatorial framework, and most of all, the core mindset of the flotilla concept. From the bottom of our hearts we would like to extend our endless gratitude for having the tremendous opportunity to work with you Mary. We will miss you dearly, and are so thankful for all of the talented artists, curators, friends and family you have introduced us to throughout your life. We will continue to be inspired and can’t wait to share with everyone the amazing work you have played such an essential role in this fall.

Thank you for your respect and partnership,

Atlantis and Flotilla Katie Belcher & Sally Raab, Co-Presidents, on behalf of Atlantis

Becka Viau, on behalf of Flotilla’s core team, Michael McCormack, on behalf of the Flotilla curatorial team.

Sending Love and Support for Friends and Family of Mary Florence MacDonald

“Respect and partnership are necessities for survival”
– Mary Florence MacDonald, during a 2013 TEDtalk.

“Mary was and will continue to be a bright light in the contemporary artist-led scene on the East Coast. Her positivity, dedication and thoughtful work were an inspiration to me. She will be deeply missed, and I look forward to bringing Flotilla to life in September, as her vision helped to craft this game changing event. I am so very honoured to have had the privilege of working with Mary.”
– Becka Viau, Project Manager, Flotilla, 2017.

“Mary’s dedication to the region, joyful approach, commitment to artistic rigour, and generous care for the greater community, are to be admired, and remembered. My deepest condolences go to Mary’s family, friends, and colleagues. This is a loss keenly felt by all who were lucky to know her.”

– Katie Belcher, Artistic Director, Eyelevel and Co-President of the Board of Atlantis, 2017

“Mary shaped the gallery with a heart that included everyone, reinforced the arts community, and extended our reach far beyond”
– Philippa Jones, Director, Eastern Edge, 2017.


Mary MacDonald’s TED Talk:

Published on 20 Apr 2013

Art Out W(here)?: Mary MacDonald at TEDxFortTownshend 2013


Mary Florence MacDonald Obituary:


A foundation has been set up in Mary’s honour to support independent curatorial projects:

You can find out more here:


Comité de direction.

Jason Wells


Nisk Imbeault


Ryan Suter


Amanda Fauteux


Jennifer Bélanger


Annie France Noël


Emily Saab


Allison Collins


Donnalee Downe

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