The Fair of Alternative Art in Sudbury Returns

September 26, 2018

It’s almost time for the Fair of Alternative Art in Sudbury!

For its sixth edition, from October 24th to October 28th, 2018, the FAAS will take place in the former St-Louis-de-Gonzague elementary school, at 162 Mackenzie Street. From the basement to the second floor, about forty artists will take possession of the numerous rooms that offers the historic building to explore their ideas about territory. Intimate or dreamed places, shared territories, changing borders, immigration, relationship to the environment and imaginary maps are some of the many ways to perceive the topic in which individual and collective considerations mingle.



“FAAS is really an occasion for conversations. We want people to come and share their perspectives, it’s like a forum or a crossroads where important discussions can happen.” Danielle Tremblay, director of the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario


For four days, artists from all over the country and even beyond will create, with the complicity of the audience, new artwork and performances. Add on top of that some conferences where everyone is invited to take a stance, and you’ll have a FAAS edition with numerous opportunities to discuss various conceptions of territory in an inclusive setup.


The event will conclude with a festive evening of performance and the unveiling of the finished installations.


À qui? (To whom?) The question, a reference to the Anishinaabemowin term for “territory” or “land”, confronts the audience with their own relationship with the space they inhabit, and calls for a redefinition of the notion of living together in light of contemporary issues arising around the way we share the land.


Schedule at a glance

October 24th to October 26th: Creating and presenting artwork live at Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague school, 162 Mackenzie Street

October 27th, 8 pm: Performance art

October 28th, 11 am: Brunch and reception for the artists’ completed installations


Artistic Partners:

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, AXENÉO7, BRAVO, Centre Bang, Dare-Dare, Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Fado Performance Art Centre, Gallery 101, Galerie d’art de Sudbury, Galerie Louise-et-Ruben-Cohen, Galerie sans nom et Imago, L’Écart… lieu d’art actuel, Myths and Mirrors, Perte de signal, RiAP, Voix visuelle, White Water Gallery


Every two years since 2008, the Fair of Alternative Art in Sudbury (FAAS) has occupied and transformed a public space in the nickel city’s downtown. Invited artists are challenged to complete new works over the course of the festival and according to each edition’s concept and theme.



The Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO) is an artist-run centre located downtown Sudbury since 1996. It embodies a vision that’s open to all practices in contemporary art, with a particular interest in site-specific creation, installation art, and performance. The GNO encourages and supports artists engaged in a creative process that welcomes risk.


For more information, please contact:


Chloé Leduc-Bélanger