L’Atelier Circulaire, founded in 1982, is an artist-run centre devoted to artistic enquiry, production and dissemination whose primary goal is to encourage artistic creation in the field of printed media. L’Atelier Circulaire aims to support the visibility of the contemporary print while at the same time encouraging the use of older techniques and new technologies. Since 1 May 2002, L’Atelier Circulaire has occupied a bright new space of 10,000 sq. ft., which is large enough to house a gallery and studios and is located in a neighbourhood in the midst of major changes, Montreal’s Mile End, where more and more artist-run centres, galleries and individual studios can be found.
L’Atelier Circulaire offers programs and services to the artistic community, young artists and the general public. It has studios with equipment which facilitates work and enquiry in the areas of copper-plate engraving, relief, collagraphy, lithography, typography, monotype, digital printing, photogravure, photo-lithography and polymers. Its general objectives consist in providing technical assistance, offering beginner’s and advanced courses to professional and younger artists, offering residencies to professional artists, disseminating and promoting the print by organizing exhibitions and public talks, raising the awareness of the general public by organizing guided tours of the gallery and the studios, supporting its members through the sale of their work. More than three hundred professional artists have worked at L’Atelier Circulaire on a regular or occasional basis.