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Darling Foundry

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Established  2002
Province  Québec
Type  Visual Art Center
Phone  +1 514-392-1554
Darling Foundry
Location  745, Ottawa Street Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 1R8
Website  www.fonderiedarling.org
Address  745 Ottawa St, Montreal, QC H3C 1R8, Canada
Hours  Open today · 12–7PMFriday12–7PMSaturday12–7PMSunday12–7PMMondayClosedTuesdayClosedWednesday12–7PMThursday12–10PM
Similar  DHC/ART Fondation pour l'art, VOX centre de l'image contemporaine, Musée d'art contemporain de Montr, Galerie de l'UQAM, Centre Phi
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The Darling Foundry (French: Fonderie Darling) is a contemporary art complex located in the Cité du Multimédia district of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Located in a former foundry, the complex consists of an art gallery and artists studios.

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Its mission is to support the creation, production, and dissemination of visual art; it seeks at once to question the role of art and artists in the heart of the city, and to promote that role.

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Description

Created in 1993, Quartier Éphémère’s mission is to invest in 'in situ' projects within vacant or abandoned Montreal industrial buildings and to reach a diverse public, off of the beaten track of contemporary art. The Darling Foundry, which is a former metalworking factory, is one of QE’s projects. By turning buildings which were about to be demolished into artistic place, the association saved a total of 3500 square meters in the Faubourg des Recollets’s area. The Darling Foundry visual arts centre started its activity by opening its exhibition area in 2002. In 2006, the association inaugurated 12 artists studios in the second part of the building. The building is classified as an "exceptional heritage value building" in the Montreal Built Heritage great repertoire. Its transformation from a foundry into an art center was one of the first industrial heritage recycling success.

Darling Foundry supports different kinds of projects, sometimes highly technological, or risky, but always experimental, and open to the world of possibilities. Quartier Éphémère and the Darling Foundry stand as proof that, as a cultural and artistic force, they contribute enormously to the economic and social welfare of the Faubourg and the city of Montréal.

History

The foundry was constructed in 1880 by the Darling brothers due to the high demand for metal in the construction of machinery, ships and the railway. It was later expanded several times between 1888 and 1918. Once complete, the complex consisted of four buildings, each with a specific role in the process of the foundry. The foundry became the second largest in Montreal, was at full capacity until the 1970s and employed 800 people.

The foundry was purchased by the Pumps & Softener Company in 1971, amid a downturn in the industry. The foundry eventually shut down completely in 1991.

Arts organization Quartier Éphémère moved into the complex in the 1990s. The city of Montreal owned the building and let the organisation move in at no charge in exchange for maintaining the building and turning it into an events venue. The building was in disrepair when Quartier Éphémère moved in, however, by the early 2000s, financing was obtained and the building was renovated.

Today, the building contains 3,500 square metres (38,000 sq ft) of space dedicated to the visual arts.

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Darling Foundry Wikipedia


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