About the Belgo Report
The Belgo building, Montreal’s largest center of the visual arts, is situated in the heart of downtown Montreal. The Belgo is currently home to over 30 art galleries and artist’s studios.
The Belgo Report features information about exhibitions and events taking place in the galleries of the Belgo building. We also publish reviews of the art shows and events we visited here.
We hope that this online magazine will inspire you to visit the Belgo galleries and enjoy the fantastic contemporary art on exhibition here.
Please note that none of the contributors to The Belgo Report work for the Belgo Building or its owners. This is an independent blog.
Producer, editor, writer
Bettina Forget is a visual artist living and working in Montreal, Quebec. Born in Germany, she has studied art at Central St-Martins School of Art in London, England and at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Bettina launched The Belgo Report in 2008 after noticing that the Belgo building – as well as the local contemporary visual arts scene – lacked visibility. Bettina is the owner and director of the Visual Voice Art Gallery, located in the Belgo Building. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) as Visual Arts Representative and President.
Greta Rainbow, originally from Seattle, Washington, is pursuing degrees in Art History and Cultural Studies at McGill University. She experiences, makes, reads and writes about art, from the most ostentatious Rococo sculpture to the most conceptual contemporary film.
With a great passion for art history, research and criticism, Katherine Dubreuil writes to enlighten readers on the visual and conceptual depths of exhibitions and their featured art. She has received a diploma in visual and digital arts from Humber College in Toronto and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Montreal’s Concordia University. As a young art historian, Katherine is fascinated by the old masters and contemporary works alike, with a particular interest in gestural and textured renditions of the human body and portrait.
After recently completing her Master’s in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London, Stephanie has moved back to Montreal in order to start her career in the Canadian art world as a writer and critic. She enjoys politically engaged art, contemporary photography, films by Wes Anderson and Denis Villeneuve, getting lost in foreign cities, and any four-legged animal.
Eleonora was born in Venice (Italy) and currently based in Montréal. She has been awarded a BA in DAMS Visual Arts in Bologna, Italy, and an MA in ISIA, Cultural Heritage Photography in Urbino, Italy. She is an Art editor and a photographer primarily interested in participatory art and in photography projects focusing on contemporary urban landscapes.
Jean-Michel Quirion est candidat à la maîtrise en muséologie à l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). Son projet de recherche porte sur l’élaboration d’une typologie de procédés de diffusion d’œuvres performatives muséalisées. Une résidence de recherche à même les archives du MoMA émane de cette analyse. En plus d’être assistant de recherche au deuxième cycle, il s’engage activement dans la communauté artistique de Gatineau-Ottawa. Il travaille actuellement à la Galerie UQO à titre d’assistant à la direction, tout en s’impliquant au centre d’exposition Art-Image, ainsi qu’au centre d’artiste AXENÉO7. Du côté de Montréal, il écrit pour Ex_situ et The Belgo Report, puis participe au sein du groupe de recherche et réflexion : Collections et Impératif événementiel The Convulsive collections (CIÉCO).
Kelly Stock is an arts and culture writer, and photographer, who is passionate about exploring the work of creatives from around the world and sharing their stories. Originally from Australia, but living in Montreal for the past seven years, she has a bachelor in journalism and a master’s degree in publishing from the University of Sydney. Her interests include art in all its forms, short stories, dachshunds, and capturing reality through artistic practice.
Kara Williams has been painting since 1999, and graduated from the University at Albany in New York with a BFA in Painting in 2001. She typically paints large figurative works inspired art history and mythology, with a contemporary, expressive feel. She favours large-format canvases in oil and often has worked with self-portraiture or images of people in dramatic psychological studies or tableaux.
Kara Williams’ work is in private collections in North and South America and Europe, and in the Colart Collection in Montreal.
Visit her webpage: http://karawilliams.com
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