La Filature is a space in Gatineau, Quebec, devoted to the creation and dissemination of visual and media art. This restored former factory of about 1,000 square metres is home to the artist-run centre AXENÉO7, the production centre DAÏMÔN and to artists’ studios. La Filature is a non-profit organisation which manages the building through a board of directors made up of representatives from AXENÉO7 and DAÏMÔN and members of the community.
In 1982, artists established themselves in the building located at 205 Montcalm St. in Hull and founded La 7e ouest, a print-making studio that in 1983 became the artist-run centre AXENÉO7. The Centre de production DAÏMÔN was also founded there in 1986 to bring together photographers and artists interested in the new medium of the day, video. The building was in poor condition and, in the late 1980s, the project of a new space began to take shape. Numerous studies and more than a decade were required for La Filature to take shape, opening on 25 January 2002. This dream has not been a disappointment, and to date numerous artists have benefited from the multi-purpose spaces and services on offer at La Filature by AXENÉO7 and DAÏMÔN.
La Filature has been made possible by the support of numerous partners: the former City of Hull, today the City of Gatineau; the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec; the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Caisse d’économie Desjardins des travailleuses et travailleurs du Québec; the Conseil régional de développement de l’Outaouais (CRDO); the Société de diversification économique de l’Outaouais (SDÉO); the CLD-Gatineau and the architectural firm Fortin, Corriveau, Salvail. Many artists in the region have generously contributed to the realisation of this dream, but three in particular have worked towards it for more than a decade: Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Normand Rivest and Jean-Yves Vigneau.