In the vibrant city of Montreal lives Canada’s only gallery dedicated to artworks connecting art and science. Nestled with other contemporary artist studios and galleries in the Belgo Building off Saint-Catherine Street, the Visual Voice Gallery provides a unique stage for local and international science-art creators.
Gallery owner Bettina Forget first established the gallery back in 2007 as a launch pad for young talent by providing a space for contemporary dance performances, lectures, workshops, and film festivals. But as a visual artist, amateur astronomer, art educator, and researcher, she soon saw the need to dedicate a space for the intersection of art and science.
As an educator, she co-created and teaches the Convergence: Arts, Neuroscience, and Society course alongside Dr. Cristian Zaelzer-Perez, which promotes cross-discipline collaboration between neuroscience and art students at Concordia University. At the same time, she is pursuing a PhD examining how women and girls can connect with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through art.
Along with art exhibitions, this gallery continues to be a versatile space for interdisciplinary talks, seminars and workshops blending the practice of art with themes of astronomy, taxidermy, extraterrestrial life, neuroscience and so much more. Here, visitors can step onto the bridge between art and science for a different way of thinking, learning, and exploration. If you should ever be in the neighbourhood, this is a spot you don’t want to miss!
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