Independent arts are aligned with artistic practices where artists hold all the artistic and editorial power over their work, from its conception to its final iteration. They are the first holders of the rights and receive the major part of the royalties related to its diffusion, distribution or sale, which they can, under license, entrust to an independent third party.

Mandate

By bringing together, supporting and promoting artists, artists’ collectives, organizations, cultural workers and other collaborators who contribute to the development, production and dissemination of independent creation and its research and experimental activities, REPAIRE takes as its mandate to increase the recognition and influence of this ecosystem.

REPAIRE actively responds to the evolving nature of the artistic practices it supports, and the organizations that support them, by promoting dynamic dialogue and knowledge sharing. REPAIRE’s actions are carried out with the concern of ensuring best practices are implemented, particularly regarding equity, socioeconomic solidarity and sustainable development.

Mission

  • To represent and defend the professional and socioeconomic interests of its members and the entire ecosystem of independent artistic practices;
  • To ensure that the transformations of independent research and experimental artistic practices are aligned with their sources of funding;
  • To ensure consultation between all stakeholders working in independent research and experimental arts practices and with other cultural and artistic sectors;
  • To respond to the needs of its members’ community life, to share knowledge and skills, both internally and externally, by creating ongoing links of cooperation, exchange and partnership.

In pursuing its mission, REPAIRE is committed to:

  • supporting the creation, presentation and dissemination of independent research and experimental arts;
  • promoting and documenting independent research and experimental arts;
  • supporting audience awareness, education and development;
  • responding, to the best of its ability, to the needs of artists and other stakeholders in the independent research and experimental arts ecosystem;
  • promoting relations between the independent research and experimental arts in Quebec and their Canadian or foreign counterparts.

History

REPAIRE benefits from the experience and expertise of two merged organizations: the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM) and the Regroupement des arts interdisciplinaires du Québec (RAIQ). By pooling revenues and human resources, this alliance actualizes and affirms the essential role of a group dedicated to independent research and experimentation in the arts.

History of CQAM

In 1996, during a plenary assembly closing the États généraux des artistes de la vidéo et du cinéma indépendant, delegates unanimously supported a resolution to found a permanent forum dedicated to improving the conditions of independent artists associated with these practices. Two years later, a few media arts artist centers got together to found the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM). Incorporated on June 19, 1998, the CQAM brings together professional artists, cultural workers and organizations dedicated to media arts to work for the common good of the sector in a united way. In 2003, CQAM was recognized as Quebec’s national media arts organization.

History of the RAIQ

In 2004, as part of the reform of its multidisciplinary program, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) convened several practitioners from the field. A committee was then set up to organize a forum to which practitioners and organizations from the interdisciplinary field were invited. Supported by the CALQ, the CAC and the CAM, the forum aims to identify the needs shared by a very diverse community, allow for the advancement of interdisciplinary practice and improve its public image and working conditions. Following this forum, a committee was mandated to start the process of founding and incorporating an organization representing interdisciplinary arts. On April 5, 2005, the Regroupement des arts interdisciplinaires du Québec was born.

Fusion of CQAM and RAIQ – Founding of the independent arts research and experimentation peer group REPAIRE

In November 2019, an integration committee was officially formed. It included Éric Desmarais (president) and François Toussaint (vice-president) of the CQAM, Gilles Arteau (administrator) and Vincent de Repentigny (vice-president) of the RAIQ as well as Manon Tourigny (president) and France Choinière (vice-president) of the RCAAQ. The committee worked to model a new entity by defining its organizational form, vision, mission, mandate, budget structure and membership.

The three terms experimentation, research and independence guide all the reflections of the integration committee and constitute the foundations of the new entity. This is not a trivial matter: it is a profound transformation of the culture of an entire community where the norm is to define itself by its disciplinary affiliation or its governance model.

Independent work
An independent work is considered to be a work whose conception, realization and modes of distribution result from creative and decision-making process over which the artist or artists’ collective has full control, despite any impediment.

Research work
A work is considered to be a research work if it is dedicated to the reflection and development of existing processes, techniques, technologies, forms or vocabularies with the objective of creating new ones.

Experimental work
A work of experimentation is considered to be a work based on the observation of developing processes, techniques, technologies, forms or vocabularies with the goal of creating evolving artistic explorations.

On June 3, 2021, REPAIRE received its Letters Patent. On June 29, 2021, REPAIRE’s members adopted their general by-laws and proceeded to elect their first directors. This election put to the test a complex formula of board composition – as laid out in the organization’s bylaws – with the objective of reflecting the diversity of the independent research and experimental arts milieu.

Read the full integration project report leading up to the fusion (June 2021)

2022-2026 strategic plan

REPAIRE’s mission is to represent and defend the professional and socio-economic interests of its members as well as the entire independent arts research and experimentation ecosystem. Read the 2022-2026 strategic plan.