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In the fall of 2015, the Town of Sutton adopted its public art policy. An Advisory Committee has since been set up to advice and support the Town in the long term development of its collection.

Town’s Vision

“Everywhere one turns, there is a work of art” – art which bears witness to Sutton's development, reflects its identity and contributes to its impact as a cultural and creative town.

Through its Public Art Policy, the Town strives to create vibrant public spaces that reflect the diversity of our community, stimulate a sense of pride and engage its residents and visitors with quality works of public art.

The Policy is therefore a concrete sign of the recognition of the contribution of arts and heritage to the development of Sutton.

Goals

  • Provide all Sutton residents with access to art in public places.
  • Honour, preserve and encourage the expression of our cultural heritage and artistic diversity, namely by offering a showcase to local artists.
  • Promote civic identity through awareness and preservation of the community’s history and culture.
  • Enhance Sutton’ desirability as a community by creating appealing environments in which to live, work and play.
  • Support effective urban planning, economic development and cultural tourism opportunities.
  • Encourage all those who care about the community to participate in making, collecting and commissioning art.

Municipal Collection

The Town of Sutton has works of art and cultural property and wishes to develop its collection in the long term. All public art projects and acquisitions will be assessed and developed in keeping with the above goals of its policy. You can propose a work by sending your submission to the Cultural Development Agent. It will be evaluated by the Acquisition Committee, which will make its recommendations to Town’s Council. In the short term, only donations are possible and, under certain conditions, receipts may be issued. You are encouraged to read the Procedures for the Administration of the Public Art Policy for full details before submitting your application. It includes criteria for the review and selection of public art and guidelines for the management, preservation, interpretation, development and promotion of the Town’s art collection.

  • Paintings and drawings produced entirely by hand on any support and in any material (excluding industrial designs and manufactured articles decorated by hand);
  • Original prints and photographs;
  • Original artistic assemblages and montages in any medium;
  • Work of commemorative art and sculpture in any material;
  • Works of applied art in such materials as glass, ceramics, metal, wood, etc.

  • Memorials, plaques and commemorative tablets;
  • Arches, ornamental gateways, foundation stones and other structures of a permanent or fixed character intended for ornament or commemoration, both interior and exterior;
  • A combination of landscaping and landscaping design such as rocks, fountains, reflecting pools, benches and other types of street furniture
  • Decorative arts (limited to the furniture and furnishings of the public rooms of Town-owned buildings);
  • Artifacts comprising memorabilia or ceremonial objects;
  • Historical components (such as plans, old photos, old posters, coat of arms, etc.);
  • Official gifts from visiting officials and, eventually, gift exchanges from twin city relationships.

Town’s « One Percent Policy » artworks

The infrastructure projects carried out by the Town and granted by the Quebec Government have resulted in the design of works carried out under the Policy of integration of the arts to architecture and the environment of buildings and public and Government sites. In February 2017, a first work was unveiled at the Town Hall Council room. Discover Éric Lamontagne, the artist who created it, and watch video clips where he describes his artistic process and presents his work entitled Se voir contempler / Paysage-intérieur. A second work is underway at Goyette-Hill Municipal Park. Watch our website for the date of its unveiling.

First actions

The years 2016 and 2017 include:

  • Establishing committees;
  • Writing documents for donations and loans of works;
  • Preparing an inventory of municipal buildings and sites that can accommodate works and prioritizing some of them;
  • Reviewing the Town's cultural works and property and make the design of a database;
  • Developing a long-term protection storage area at the Museum of Communications and History of Sutton for the Town-owned artefacts;
  • Organizing an exhibition at the town hall made up of works and cultural property from the municipal collection;
  • Designing a curio cabinet that can display small works lent by artists and planning a first call for submissions;
  • Planning a call for submissions for an outdoor sculpture that will be displayed temporarily on a municipal site;
  • Organizing of the unveiling of the two works carried out under the Policy of integration of the arts to architecture and the environment of buildings and public and Government sites (Town Hall and Goyette-Hill Park);
  • Negotiating with the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications to obtain a grant to develop public art education activities.

The curio cabinet is a showcase designed to display lent artworks from local artists at the reception of the town hall. It is made of an antique wardrobe and a cabinet with drawers designed by a local cabinetmaker that can display 2D and 3D works. Three annual exhibitions are organized, mostly through calls for submissions. A selection is made by the advisory committee : a way to promote the artistic community.

Calls for submissions

There is no call for projects at the moment.

Forms

(In French only. If you need any help, please contact the Cultural Development Agent. Even if the questions are written in French, feel free to answer in English.)

Procedures for the Administration of the Public Art Policy

Information

Claudine Filion-Dufresne

Cultural development officer : 450 538-2290 : 450 538-0930