Buying art at Papier

Isa Tousignant

Fill your coffers full of the perfect souvenirs at Papier: this annual art fair (on from April 20 to 22, 2018) is dedicated entirely to works of art on paper, meaning they’re light, rollable and easy to take home. Not only that, they’re more affordable than most other forms of art—so you can fill your entire house.

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Groundbreaking from the start

When Papier launched 11 editions ago, it was the first of its kind in North America. Because works on paper are easier to travel with than the average other medium, the fair unites galleries from beyond our fair city, which means you can see art by creators from Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina and Halifax in addition to a TON from Montréal.


A site to behold

The size of the Papier fair is impressive, bringing together the hustle and bustle of over 300 artists represented by 40 galleries—not to mention the hundreds of visitors. That means the site has to be representatively grand. This year it will again be held at Arsenal, among the city’s most impressive cultural spaces: a giant refurbished industrial building in Griffintown. While you’re there, check out the hopping antiques scene along Notre-Dame Street and the beautiful Lachine Canal a few blocks away.



Food for the brain

In addition to the pleasure of just walking around the site looking (and shopping) for art, there’s lots to do at Papier. There are thematic guided tours in both English and French by the publishers of Esse, a Montréal art magazine, included in the entry fee. There’s also a whole program of free panel discussions, including topics Plotting the Future: Paper and the Evolution of Digital Art and Damage Control: Dealing with Controversy in Recent Contemporary Art. Spicy!

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.