Méduse

Méduse Coop

Operation

Méduse is managed by a board of directors formed of one representative from each member organization and has four permanent employees. Every member organization has its own customized workspaces, but also takes an active role in collective activitities, promoting Méduse, and developing new forms and practices that reflect a multidisciplinary approach, innovative technology use, and a focus on sustainable cultural development.

Member organizations enjoy full freedom to pursue their individual mandates while working in a collaborative environment that affords artists and other users invaluable access to assorted specialized equipment and professional services, a pool of resources that cuts accross disciplinary boundaries.

Every Méduse member receives support from public and private sector institutions such as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the City of Quebec as well as support from multiple local and regional institutions and businesses. Member organizations also depend on partners and members who form the solid core of healthy community and stable organization.

Board of directors's members

President - Geneviève Desmeules (La Bande Vidéo)

Vice-president - Catherine Benoit (SPIRA)

Secretary - Anne-Claire Pilote (L'Atelier de la mezzanine)

Administrator - Mélanie Bédard (Les Productions Recto-Verso)

Administrator - Diane Fournier (Engramme)

Administrator - Émilie Roi (L'Oeil de Poisson)

Administrator - Jacynthe Carrier (VU)

Treasurer - Julie C. Paradis (Avatar)

Administrator - Jason Béliveau (Antitube)

Administrator - Claude Bélanger (Manif d'art)

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Building site
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Origins and mission

Méduse is a cooperative of artistic, cultural and community-based producers and disseminators founded in 1993. It was built around a major real-estate project funded by the Canadian Heritage Ministry, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Ville de Québec, the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins, Gaz Métro and the founder organisations.

Based on the idea of bundling services and know-how in the artistic and cultural fields, Méduse is recognized as a leading hub for the production and dissemination of contemporary arts in Canada. Ever since it foundation, its member organizations have been offering high-end well-equipped research and creation spaces, professional artistic services, artistic residencies, training and dissemination activities, including exhibitions and screenings.

The coop’s objective is also to give professional artists access to professional artistic facilities and equipment, and offer work opportunities, to foster the improvement of their socioeconomic and practice conditions. Meduse’s singular management structure makes it a remarkable economic leverage tool for Québec City, its artists and cultural workers.

Largely accessible, Méduse is an emblematic, remarkable co-operation and interaction model on the artistic, cultural and social levels, and an outstanding development tool for creators and citizens. With its artist residency activities and foreign exchange projects, it is a major contributor to the national and international exposure of the province of Québec.

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Outside view
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Building

Located in the St. Roch district, on the border between Quebec City’s Upper Town and Lower Town, at the intersection of De Saint-Vallier Street East and the côte d’Abraham, the cooperative encloses 9 connected buildings rehabilitated by Émile Gilbert in 1995. The 4,000 m2 building complex currently houses 10 tenant-members (9 artistic organizations and 1 community organization) with autonomous, complementary activities, as well as a restaurant.