La Filature's building turned 20


Volet textuel, PERF (Ré)agir / (Re) act, 2021. Photo credits: Jonathan Lorange.

Press release written by the Board of Directors of La Filature

La Filature officially opened its doors on January 24, 2002 in the presence of the Minister of Culture Diane Lemieux and Hull Mayor Yves Ducharme. Twenty years later, La Filature is more than ever one of the main rallying points for culture in the Outaouais.

Created to meet the needs of the artist-run centres AXENÉO7 and DAÏMÔN, which continue to offer artistic programming at the cutting edge of research and development in the visual and media arts, La Filature has turned the former Hanson Hosiery Mills into a welcoming space that bridges the gap between industrial heritage and a vision for the future.

Speaking of the future, La filature has been working on the drawing board for some time now to map out development paths for the next twenty years. Although the pandemic has slowed down artistic activities, due to health measures, the AXENÉO7 and DAÏMÔN artist-run centres have remained active thanks to the dedication of their members and employees, as well as the unfailing support of their main financial backers: the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the City of Gatineau.

The gradual end of sanitary measures that is beginning to take place allows us to envisage festive gatherings during this anniversary year to celebrate these achievements, which have been echoed far beyond the borders of the Outaouais.

Welcome to La Filature to celebrate and dream the future together.