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A Centre of Excellence and a Shared Space

Objective 2020

Place des Arts is the working name of the future Arts Centre that a group of seven francophone organizations plan to build downtown in the next few years. It’s a gathering place for Francophones and for the whole community. It’s a dream that has been passed on, from one generation to the other, amongst Greater Sudbury’s many talented artists and cultural workers, and it’s now becoming a reality!

It’s the story of our community longing for a home for modern art & culture, where we gather to share all our colours and possibilities.

Construction in 2018. Official opening in 2020.

Help us realize the dream of generations.

Projections for La Place Des Arts

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The facilities

Bistro

The Bistro is a social space where food and drinks are available, with an accent on local and regional products, partnering with Eat Local, Stack and many other producers from the North. It’s also a venue for the performing arts, fully equipped, showcasing mostly local talents such as musicians, poets, comedians and other performers.

Preliminary drawing, Atelier Pierre Thibault (2015)

Art Gallery

A well-equipped exhibit space, paired with a contemporary art research and documentation centre, will become the permanent home of the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO).

Preliminary drawing, Atelier Pierre Thibault (2015)

Performance Space

The 300-seat main performing space will host a variety of shows in theatre, music , dance and others performing arts, as well as conferences and events such as festivals. The space is serviced by technical equipment, dressing rooms, loading dock, workshops and qualified staff.

Preliminary drawing of the Foyer of the main venue, Atelier Pierre Thibault (2015)

In the Heart of our City

Place des Arts will quickly become a flagship destination in the downtown core, bringing together Francophones and Francophiles, friends of the arts, visitors and family members of all ages with its year-around programs and activities celebrating the arts, the cultures and the languages of our local social fabric.

Preliminary drawing, Atelier Pierre Thibault (2015)

Other facilities of the Centre

Multifunctionnal Studio

This multipurpose well equipped space will be in high demand by local producers and presenters for its adaptability to all kinds of contemporary performing arts, while also serving as a rehearsal space and teaching classroom for Laurentian’s Theatre Program. It can also host banquets and other social functions for groups of 150 or less.

Photo: xMPL, Irvine, California

Specialized Gift Shop

This small shop will sell artworks and crafts, books and magazines, as well as art supplies and complementary products such as fine stationary.

Photo: All That Is Solid, Glasgow (Scotland)

Production Facilities

Three shops will support producers and artists in the development of their works: a wood shop, a textile shop, a plastic art shop.

Photo: Théâtre des Écuries, Montréal

Office Space

Several administrative spaces are planned for the eight resident entities, representing more than 50 full-time staff, including common areas such as a kitchen, a dining room, meeting rooms, reception, etc.

Photo: Usine C, Montréal

Services in Both Official Languages

All services at Place des Arts (i.e. box office, information service, Bistro and Shop managers and floor staff, rentals, etc.) will be made available in both official languages.

Photo: Les Vulgaires Machins à La Slague

Under One Roof

The founders and future residents of Place des Arts.

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